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High Country News March 21, 2011

Big Beef


Cattlemen struggle against giant meatpackers and economic squeezes

Ranchers battle gigantic meatpackers to get a fair price for cattle in a changing economy.


BLM stays course in Wyoming gas patch despite mule deer decline

Mule deer on Wyoming's Pinedale Anticline are struggling, and the BLM's adaptive management plan has done nothing to help.

Pacific chorus frogs make urban comeback

Pacific chorus frogs are making an unexpected resurgence in San Francisco, with a little help from human friends.

Rural Oregon timber county seeks economic revival through renewables

Rural Lake County, Ore., has gone from a timber economy to one based on producing - and exporting - renewable energy.

Teetering on the Edge of the Cedars

The Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding, Utah, fights for its life as the state cuts funding.

Editor's Note

Ruthless economics

By insisting on buying goods, especially food, as cheaply as possible, we ignore the hidden and occasionally horrendous costs.

Dear Friends

Spring fever, skipped issue

High Country News skipped issue; Paul Larmer's son, Zachary, and friends invent "The Caboose," a device that assists the disabled; Amy Goodman visits Paonia; new books by Tracy Ross and Hannah Nordhaus; clarification.

Writers on the Range

Why bother cooking what nature failed to finish?

A tar sands development proposed for Utah is insane on every level: economically, environmentally and just practically.

Book Reviews

Finding reassurance in change: a review of Wild Comfort

In her new collection of essays, Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature, Kathleen Dean Moore writes her way to the knowledge that "sorrow is part of the Earth's great cycles."

The dark corners of the heart: A review of Volt

The short stories in Alan Heathcock's collection, Volt, bring the troubled inhabitants of a small town vividly to life.


The Tao of Pow: Learning to love winter

A newcomer to Utah learns to love winter with the help of snowshoes.

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