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High Country News November 26, 2012


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.


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

Native American voter turnout and other interesting trends from the recent election.

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

The next generation of engineered seeds will escalate herbicide spraying, with potentially large environmental consequences.

Editor's Note

Tilting the balance of power

Tribal efforts to hold on to heritage and right past wrongs continue in Port Gamble, Washington.

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Another win for the pronghorns

High Country News wins Knight-Risser prize, visits and visitors

Uncommon Westerners

Seattle-based artist paints portraits of a melting world

Maria Coryell-Martin uses 'expeditionary art' to educate people about climate change.

Book Reviews

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

Daniel Arnold chronicles a vagabond trip from Death Valley to Mount Whitney.

A review of Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall

Walls do not solve problems, they make them


The right tributary

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

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