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High Country News October 28, 2013


New Hope for the Delta

During the worst drought in more than a century, the Colorado River may flow to the sea once more.


Western GOP governors buck their party on Obamacare

How three Western Republicans are defying party ideology by accepting the Medicaid expansion.

The long journey of the Gila trout

Destructive New Mexico fires may have a silver lining for a threatened fish.

Zombies invade the West!

HCN editors divulge their tactics for surviving the flesh-eating hordes.

Cutting class: Alaskan villages struggle to keep schools open

In 15 years, 32 schools have closed because they have fewer than 10 students.

The Latest: Montana puts new limits on renewable energy contracts

Small-project owners say the new restrictions will force them to compete with large-scale ones.

The Latest: Woodland caribou are in danger of disappearing from the U.S.

Environmental groups file suit over caribou habitat.

Editor's Note

A delta reborn in drought

Even as the Southwest teeters on the edge of a radically drier future, a rare opportunity to revive the Colorado River Delta has emerged in an agreement hashed out between Mexico, the U.S. and some of West's most powerful – and thirsty – water agencies.

Dear Friends

Fall ‘friendraiser’ and board meeting

Update from High Country News.

Uncommon Westerners

O pioneer: A filmmaker explores how we find home in the West

Los Angeles transplant Vera Brunner-Sung’s first fictional work tackles displacement, transience and belonging in Montana.

Book Reviews

A review of At Home in the West: The Lure of Public Land

William S. Sutton photographs “to investigate notions about living in a place.”

Big water, big dreams

A review of The Emerald Mile: the Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko.


Backcountry culture clashes in the North Cascades

A hunter-backpacker examines the divides between user groups.

Heard Around the West

Let’s all fire our machine guns at once!

Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.

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