High Country News September 19, 2011
The town of Opportunity, Mont., is weighed down by pollution from old copper mining and a modern-day river restoration project.
How much can we learn from restoring the Elwha River, after the two dams that block it are finally removed?
The story of the West is a story of the quest for redemption - not just for individuals, but for an entire landscape.
Mary Clearman Blew struck out on her own, leaving rural Montana and a life as a housewife to become a professor and writer.
Oregon writer Kim Stafford looks for "scattered Edens" in contemporary Western life.
Nevada writer H. Lee Barnes brings his experiences as a soldier, cop and casino dealer to his gritty short stories and nonfiction.
Buddhist cowboy poet Cody Cortez is so elusive it's almost as if he doesn't really exist.
The old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest may not be that old after all - but that doesn't mean they're not big and beautiful.
Shann Ray's short stories focus on the theme of redemption in the lives of ordinary Western families.
High Country News lists some of the new and intriguing books of the coming fall season.
In Percival Everett's mystery trilogy, New Mexico Deputy Ogden Walker chases murderers and wrestles with his own complex identity.
Richard S. Wheeler's historical novel dramatizes the rivalry between the "Copper Kings" in 19th century Butte, Mont.
The short stories in Melinda Moustakis' book plunge the reader into the challenging world of contemporary Alaskans.
Glen Chamberlain's short stories bring to life the people of a fictional Montana town.
Two new books tackle the mystery of Everett Ruess, who vanished somewhere in the Four Corners region in 1934.