High Country News 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.
Determined ideologues are hijacking Western politics, but some reformers are trying to change that.
Trash is filling up our oceans, even ending up inside whales.
An Oakland chef teaches students how to butcher bunnies for dinner.
A new Colorado air quality law pits coal against natural gas -- and rural environmentalists against urban ones.
The economic numbers behind coal and wind energy -- and energy efficiency -- are compared in Montana.
Salmon fishermen gear up for a risky season despite California’s ongoing water wars.
High Country News wins Utne Independent Press Award for Environmental Coverage and Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism; thinking globally; corrections.
Writers on the Range
If Pepper Trail's Birdathon team had a theme song, it would be "Bat out of Hell."
The likable characters in the three novellas in Jim Harrison's The Farmer's Daughter are all confronted by loneliness and brutality.
The Owens River is flowing again -- and Mary Austin's Land of Little Rain is rejoicing.
A map shows some of the largest sites managed by the departments of Defense and Energy in the West, and their ecological value.