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High Country News September 02, 2013


Idaho Power is waging war on renewable energy. Is it winning?

One of the West's great old-school monopolies and its multi-pronged attack on wind and solar.

Of Sparrows and Sodbusters

Western and Mexican conservationists race against time to save grasslands – and the bird species that depend on them.


Moving on up in the oil patch

Are the West’s energy fields the last bastion of the American Dream?

Front Range drilldown

In the fight over oil and gas regulation, local control gains ground.

New musical celebrates the nation's first openly transgender mayor

‘Stu for Silverton’ debuted this summer in Seattle.

The Latest: Mt. Taylor uranium mines still haunt Navajo communities

A permit for an inactive mine may be renewed.

The Latest: Megaloads to Alberta incite protests

Trucks winding through Idaho and Montana are still an issue for locals.

Conservation fund turns 50

With a $17 billion backlog, this NPS agency needs a funding facelift.

Editor's Note

The Green Tea Party?

A conservative movement embracing rooftop solar seems to be emerging.

Dear Friends

Summer Visitors

Senator Michael Bennet and family, among others, visit HCN headquarters.

Book Reviews

Exceptional accounts of the ordinary

A review of Middle Men by Jim Gavin

A world of hunger and desire

A review of A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel

A President in Yellowstone

A review of A President in Yellowstone: The F. Jay Haynes Photographic Album of Chester Arthur's 1883 Expedition, by Frank H. Goodyear III.


The story of Gimpy

An injured black bear draws sympathy from the community.

Heard Around the West

What's the nerdiest roadtrip you can think of?

News of flash floods, radon huffing and more.

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