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High Country News April 15, 2013

Feature

Sacrificial Land: Will renewable energy devour the Mojave Desert?

An unlikely group of activists is championing a new bill to protect the Mojave Desert. But even if it passes, large swaths of once empty land will be developed.

Current

Federal austerity hits home in the West

Is smaller government as desirable in practice as theory?

How the amount of fish you eat impacts water quality

Idaho is updating its standards for water pollutants based on how much fish residents eat.

Are whale watchers taking a toll on Puget Sound's orcas?

Unraveling the mystery of the whales' steady decline.

California's carbon market may succeed where others have failed

The Golden State's new cap-and-trade program aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions while avoiding the pitfalls of similar attempts.

Aspen, Colo. environmental community split over small hydro

Reviving a small hydroelectric plant on Castle Creek was supposed to help the city's utility get closer to providing 100 percent carbon free electricity as part of an effort to fight climate change. Instead, it's kicked up a furor.

Editor's Note

On losing nothing

Climate change will transform both the Arctic and the Mojave Desert, but for different reasons

Dear Friends

Waiting with bated breath

HCN is nominated for an Utne Independent Media award; some of the magazine's contributors are nominated for other honors; corrections

Book Reviews

A fresh take on an old crime: A review of The Case of D.B. Cooper's Parachute

Novelist William L. Sullivan re-opens the case of Dan Cooper, the parachuting plane hijacker

Beatification of a sinner: a review of The Soledad Crucifixion

Nancy Wood's novel describes a rogue priest's spiritual encounters with the Calabaza people

Essays

River home: an essay on life on the Arkansas River

The author makes his home on--and in-- the Arkansas River

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