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High Country News November 12, 2012

Feature

Is there a way through the West's bitter wild horse wars?

Activists push compromise as the controversial federal mustang management program reaches a breaking point, with more horses in captivity than roam the range.

Current

Altered amphibians

Images of frogs deformed by a parasitic flatworm that flourishes in altered environments.

Costly new geothermal technology could edge out fossil fuels

A new form of geothermal energy has the potential to revolutionize U.S. power production, if costs come down.

What scientists are learning from wildfire in New Mexico

New Mexico's Gila National Forest is a good natural laboratory for studying the effects of wildfire.

Economics, not environmental regs, are battering coal power

If King Coal wants a boost, it should go after "Drill Baby Drill."

What are a bunch of hipsters doing in Green River, Utah?

The young founders of the Epicenter, a social services and design nonprofit, try to overcome the stigma of the well-intentioned outsider.

Editor's Note

The bastard child of the range

Wild horses are a touchy subjects for many Americans; the BLM's complex policies on mustang round-up and maintenance illustrates the point.

Dear Friends

Getting involved with the West

High Country News has a board meeting and schemes for more reader involvement; visitors from around the West.

Book Reviews

The violent story of our first national park: A review of Empire of Shadows

George Black's book details the violent history surrounding Yellowstone National Park.

A review of On Arctic Ground

The book On Arctic Ground: Tracking Time Through Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve, advocates protecting wildlife in the reserve.

Essays

Legend of the gray-headed hunter

A 60-year-old Oregonian goes deer hunting for the first time

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