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High Country News May 30, 2011

Wolf Whiplash


How the gray wolf lost its endangered status -- and how enviros helped

A strategic miscalculation by environmental groups helped spur the delisting of gray wolves in Montana and Idaho.

Greening a city ... and pushing other colors out

The proposed redevelopment of San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood worries its longtime black residents, who fear gentrification will drive them out.


A Gem City Atlas: Novel maps of Laramie, Wyoming

The city explores its past and present with an innovative project called Laramie: A Gem City Atlas.

A nuclear watchdog pushes feds on safety

California Republican state Sen. Sam Blakeslee questions the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the safety of the state’s nuclear plants.

Wolverines in unexpected places

The first confirmed evidence of wolverines in Oregon since 1992 shows up in surprising photographs.

BLM shields renewable projects from mining speculation

New rule clears the way for solar and wind projects on public land.

Editor's Note

The cost of righteousness

Has some environmentalists' refusal to compromise helped cause the delisting of wolves in Montana and Idaho?

Dear Friends

Chill out with HCN and some chili

High Country News plans a June chili potluck; Morgan Heim and Joanna Nasar study Thailand’s elusive fishing cat; visitors in from the cold include former staff writer Steve Hinchman.

Uncommon Westerners

Richard Reynolds, raptor man

The biologist has spent 21 years counting goshawks and other raptors in Arizona's Kaibab National Forest.

Book Reviews

The endless atlas: A review of Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas

Rebecca Solnit assembles historical, legendary, and artistic tidbits and tales along with glorious maps in her new book.


The One-Eyed Squirrel of Ooh-Aah Point

Ol' One-Eye of Ooh-Aah Point leads a wildlife-loving trail-crew worker to act a bit out of character…

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