Magazine
Accidental Wilderness

May 24, 2010

Washington's Hanford Site and New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range both hold deadly nuclear contamination -- along with unspoiled landscapes rich in wildlife.

Feature

Accidental Wilderness
Accidental Wilderness
Washington's Hanford Site and New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range both hold deadly nuclear contamination – along with unspoiled landscapes rich in wildlife.

Current

Going to extremes
Going to extremes
Determined ideologues are hijacking Western politics, but some reformers are trying to change that.
In the belly of the whale
In the belly of the whale
Trash is filling up our oceans, even ending up inside whales.
The rabbit course
The rabbit course
An Oakland chef teaches students how to butcher bunnies for dinner.
Clean air, hazy politics
Clean air, hazy politics
A new Colorado air quality law pits coal against natural gas -- and rural environmentalists against urban ones.
Power struggle
The economic numbers behind coal and wind energy -- and energy efficiency -- are compared in Montana.
Last rites in salmon country?
Last rites in salmon country?
Salmon fishermen gear up for a risky season despite California’s ongoing water wars.

Essays

Walking Woman
Walking Woman
The Owens River is flowing again -- and Mary Austin's Land of Little Rain is rejoicing.

Writers on the Range

Birding, fast and slow
Birding, fast and slow
If Pepper Trail's Birdathon team had a theme song, it would be "Bat out of Hell."

Dear Friends

HCN wins awards
HCN wins awards
High Country News wins Utne Independent Press Award for Environmental Coverage and Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism; thinking globally; corrections.

Book Reviews

What lies beneath?
What lies beneath?
The likable characters in the three novellas in Jim Harrison's The Farmer's Daughter are all confronted by loneliness and brutality.

Letters

Evidence

For wilderness, look to a wasteland
For wilderness, look to a wasteland
A map shows some of the largest sites managed by the departments of Defense and Energy in the West, and their ecological value.