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High Country News February 06, 2012


Can snowshoe hares outrace climate change?

The seasonal coat changes of snowshoe hares may provide wildlife biologists with clues about how wild animals evolve in response to climate change.


Fearful of Agenda 21, an alleged U.N. plot, activists derail land-use planning

A two-year planning process in La Plata County, Colorado gets hijacked by activists suspicious of United Nations influence. And in the West and nationwide, they're not alone.

Montana court defends law defying Citizens United

As elections of state judges become increasingly contentious, the Montana Supreme Court defends the state's Corrupt Practices Act against the Citizens United decision.

Greenhouse gas sources, emitters and effects

Although the West supplies most of the nation’s coal, the effects of coal-fired plant emissions are felt much further afield.

Editor's Note

Can animals evolve quickly enough to survive global warming?

What can rapid evolution in response to climate change teach us about managing nature?

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High Country News welcomes new interns

High Country News welcomes new interns Danielle Venton and Neil LaRubbio; Marian Lyman Kirst is our new editorial fellow; and correction to captive wolves story.

Uncommon Westerners

John Mionczynski: naturalist, accordionist, and Bigfoot expert

In rural Wyoming, naturalist John Mionczynski plays piano, restores motorcycles, studies wildlife and tracks down evidence for the mysterious creature known as Sasquatch.

Writers on the Range

A young wolf wanders the West

OR-7, a young Oregon wolf, has logged some 1,000 miles in his journey through the West, becoming the first wild wolf seen in California since 1924.

Book Reviews

Searching for the truth about American Indians: A review of All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos)

Catherine C. Robbins seeks to go beyond the stereotypes about Native Americans in her essays in All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos).

A forbidden road trip: A review of Lamb

Lamb, Bonnie Nadzam's crisp, startling and psychologically intense debut novel, follows two troubled characters on a quest for redemption in the West.


Following the Oregon Trail, digitally and on foot

Following a childhood fascination with the computer game Oregon Trail, a young archaeologist meets the real thing during a rugged, exhausting Wyoming summer.

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