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High Country News January 24, 2011

Serendipity in the Desert

Feature

Utah's Sagebrush Rebellion capital mellows as animal-lovers and enviros move in

Kane County, Utah, heart of the Sagebrush Rebellion and an off-road vehicle paradise, is also home to a growing number of environmentalists, hikers and animal lovers.

Current

Challenges pile up for avalanche mitigation on mountain highways

Highway avalanche control gets harder as mountain communities grow and skiers flock to the backcountry.

Decades of drilling

A graphic shows how Western states stack up against Texas and the Eastern U.S. when it comes to oil and gas drilling.

Small poultry farmers grapple with lack of slaughterhouses

There just aren't enough slaughterhouses for small poultry farms in Oregon and other Western states.

State and municipal governments fertilize local food craze

Local governments are trying to give a boost to small farmers and organic growers.

The latest: Northern spotted owl

According to scientific reviewers, Obama's new draft for managing the northern spotted owl is better than Bush's plan but still flawed.

The latest: Wyoming Range

PXP will be allowed to develop 136 gas natural gas wells in the Wyoming Range.

California's Hupa tribe wars over fish

Three decades after winning the right to catch salmon, California's Hupa Indians debate whether it's right to sell those fish off the reservation.

Editor's Note

A dark moment, a glimmer of light

Despite the recent tragedy in Tucson, a sense of community blooms in the West, often in unlikely soil.

Dear Friends

A marketing tune-up

High Country News gets advice on marketing; holiday visitors; Lisa Song gets reporting job and Michelle Nijhuis wins grant; farewell, Bill Freudenburg.

Writers on the Range

Ronald Reagan: The accidental environmentalist

He may not have meant to do so, but Ronald Reagan ended up helping the West's environment.

Book Reviews

Rethinking national parks and wilderness

William Tweed takes a loving but critical look at the National Park Service in Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks.

Essays

Depth afield

Why are photographs of the Western landscape so essential to our lives?

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