Magazine
Serendipity in the Desert

January 24, 2011

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.

Feature

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

Essays

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

Writers on the Range

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

Dear Friends

A marketing tune-up
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.

Book Reviews

Rethinking national parks and wilderness
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.

Letters