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High Country News August 05, 2013


Can we save Mojave desert tortoises by moving them out of harm’s way?

The feds aim to save threatened tortoises by moving them out of the path of development, but no one knows if the strategy really works.


Climate-forced water planning in Washington’s Yakima Valley

Prepping for future climate change means fixing past mistakes

What’s in the water in Woods Cross?

A Salt Lake City suburb weighs environmental risk as it grapples with drinking water contamination

Flume fever: a monument to gold mining history is reconstructed

A hanging flume, attached to a canyon wall, captures the imagination of locals and heritage tourists alike.

The Bakken oilfields: ‘No place for a woman’

One woman’s effort to survive the Great Recession in booming North Dakota.

The Latest: Mining claims halted in some areas

BLM gives priority to solar development on 300,000 acres.

En-lightning statistics

Why lightning fatalities have drastically decreased

Fracking fashionistas

Safety regulations spur new fashions for oil and gas workers

Editor's Note

The ever-shrinking West

Current conservation practices haven't helped the desert tortoise in the Mojave.

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HCN welcomes new interns and employees

Journalism bootcamp begins for two interns, and a new online editor, ad salesperson, and development assistant have joined HCN

Book Reviews

Ghost of a chance

A review of We Live in Water by Jess Walter

Reading to maturity

A review of Works Cited: An Alphabetical Odyssey of Mayhem and Misbehavior by Brandon R. Schrand

A review of Animal Crackers

A children's book for adults shows the tables turned on humans in gruesome detail.


The Blue Window

Journeying from redrock desert to an icy wasteland: an essay

Heard Around the West

Smokey the Bear gets cuddly

River guide jokes, Smokey the Bear's latest makeover, and more

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