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High Country News November 11, 2013

Feature

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

Will they ever succeed?

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?

An alternative approach to wildlife management in the Olympic National Forest.

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

Utah and Arizona have voluntary incentive programs.

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

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.

Dear Friends

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

Essick's photographs for National Geographic cover the issues of the West, and the world.

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 review of The Old Man’s Love Story by Rudolfo Anaya

Essays

Wilderness found in a BMW

I never feel more Western than when I slide through turns at High Plains Raceway.

Heard Around the West

I love guns and coffee

Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.

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