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High Country News December 23, 2013


Eucalyptus: Beauty or Beast?

Restoration pits these exotics against California natives. But for some, they’re a natural.


Obama's most effective environmental action?

Utah and other states like the new EPA regulations on vehicle emissions.

Art and the atomic age

Radioactive disposal sites and other residuals of the bomb era.

Tribes struggle to house their 'invisibly homeless' veterans

Red tape makes it difficult for veterans in Indian Country to access a key federal assistance program.

Coalbed methane bust leaves thousands of orphaned gas wells in Wyoming

And the state is starting to come to terms with an orphaned gas well problem.

The Latest: First federal prosecution of wind farm bird deaths

Million dollar fine for Duke Energy in Wyoming.

The Latest: Southern Colorado protected from proposed Army base expansion

Now, Fort Carson can't be enlarged without Congressional approval.

Editor's Note

Environmentalists without borders

The blue gum eucalyptus and its cousins are not especially invasive, making it harder to agree on their management.

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Uncommon Westerners

The fignificent fig man

Lloyd Kreitzer’s journey as New Mexico’s premier fig grower.

Book Reviews

Vital Signs, a book by Juan Delgado and Thomas McGovern

A poet and a photographer document San Bernardino, California.

An unvarnished view of America's best idea

A review of To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea by Robert B. Keiter.

The peace broker

A review of Common Ground on Hostile Turf: Stories from an Environmental Mediator by Lucy Moore.


Butcher of Heartache on the Bering Sea

A former newspaper copyeditor finds his way onboard a fishing boat.

Heard Around the West

A bighorn sheep comes through the window, $500K left in airport change buckets, and more.

Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.

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