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November 26, 2012

A timber company tries to do the right thing as a tribe fights for its ancestral lands. Also, enviros buy out oil and gas leases in forests, unusual bedfellows support state-run banks, genetically modified seeds take the next step forward, a climate artist, and more.

Feature

A Washington tribe and a timber company wrestle over a forest's future
A Washington tribe and a timber company wrestle over a forest's future
The Port Gamble S'Klallam are protecting their treaty rights to fish and shellfish in Port Gamble Bay, using laws to limit development, much to the frustration of timber company-turned-developer Pope Resources.

Current

Protecting the forests, and maybe the deserts, too
Protecting the forests, and maybe the deserts, too
Environmentalists are trying to buy out oil and gas leases in national forests, including the Wyoming Range and Thompson Creek Divide, while the drillers often have their way in the desert and sagebrush.
A snapshot of the 2012 election, by the numbers
A snapshot of the 2012 election, by the numbers
Native American voter turnout and other interesting trends from the recent election.
State-run banks: a movement driven by unusual politics
State-run banks: a movement driven by unusual politics
Progressives combine with right-wingers to push for creating state-run banks for public benefit, like Montana's proposed Last Chance State Bank, which uses the Bank of North Dakota as a model.
Agrichemical companies power up genetically modified seeds
Agrichemical companies power up genetically modified seeds
The next generation of engineered seeds will escalate herbicide spraying, with potentially large environmental consequences.

Editor's Note

Tilting the balance of power
Tilting the balance of power
Tribal efforts to hold on to heritage and right past wrongs continue in Port Gamble, Washington.

Uncommon Westerners

Seattle-based artist paints portraits of a melting world
Seattle-based artist paints portraits of a melting world
Maria Coryell-Martin uses 'expeditionary art' to educate people about climate change.

Essays

The right tributary
The right tributary
A writer gets roped into fish surveys for endangered bull trout.

Dear Friends

Another win for the pronghorns
Another win for the pronghorns
High Country News wins Knight-Risser prize, visits and visitors

Book Reviews

The truths that matter: A review of Truth Like the Sun
The truths that matter: A review of Truth Like the Sun
Jim Lynch straddles two Seattles, old and new, in his new novel.
Taking it to extremes: A review of Salt to Summit
Taking it to extremes: A review of Salt to Summit
Daniel Arnold chronicles a vagabond trip from Death Valley to Mount Whitney.
A review of Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall
A review of Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall
Walls do not solve problems, they make them

Letters