Magazine
Cosmic ProspectingDigital Edition

November 11, 2013

An old South Dakota mining town transforms itself by investing in an underground neutrino research facility, upstart kayakers try to get rivers opened to boaters in Yellowstone, mountain goats get paintballed in Idaho, and Southwesterners continue to be utterly fascinated with the possibilities of outer space.

Feature

Cosmic Prospecting in Lead, South Dakota
Cosmic Prospecting in Lead, South Dakota
What happens when an old mining town recruits a physics lab and pursues Big Science?

Current

Failed secession movements litter the West
Failed secession movements litter the West
Will they ever succeed?
A group of paddlers works to make kayaking legal on Yellowstone’s rivers
A group of paddlers works to make kayaking legal on Yellowstone’s rivers
Should all national park waters be opened to boaters?
Can rocks and paintballs help humans and mountain goats coexist?
Can rocks and paintballs help humans and mountain goats coexist?
An alternative approach to wildlife management in the Olympic National Forest.
A timeline of our fascination with outer space
A timeline of our fascination with outer space
Space-related activities in the West.
The Latest: California is first state to ban lead ammunition to protect condors
The Latest: California is first state to ban lead ammunition to protect condors
Utah and Arizona have voluntary incentive programs.
The Latest: NPS creates new winter-use plan in Yellowstone
The Latest: NPS creates new winter-use plan in Yellowstone
Agreement reached in the Yellowstone snowmobile wars.

Editor's Note

Western towns shaped by industries they pursue
Western towns shaped by industries they pursue
Converting an old mine to a physics lab in Lead, South Dakota, is just one example of how towns change directions due to deliberate actions as well as random chance.

Essays

Wilderness found in a BMW
Wilderness found in a BMW
I never feel more Western than when I slide through turns at High Plains Raceway.

Dear Friends

Mailbox surprise
Mailbox surprise
A long-time reader leaves a generous and humbling gift for HCN; summer visitors.

Book Reviews

A review of Our Beautiful, Fragile World: The Nature and Environmental Photographs of Peter Essick
A review of Our Beautiful, Fragile World: The Nature and Environmental Photographs of Peter Essick
Essick's photographs for National Geographic cover the issues of the West, and the world.
A historic climb revisited
A historic climb revisited
A review of The Seventymile Kid: The Lost Legacy of Harry Karstens and the First Ascent of Mount McKinley by Tom Walker.
A survivor, searching for soul
A survivor, searching for soul
A review of The Old Man’s Love Story by Rudolfo Anaya

Heard Around the West

I love guns and coffee
I love guns and coffee
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.

Letters