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High Country News April 29, 2013


Seeking balance in Oregon's timber country

Can logging towns and old-growth forests both thrive in the Northwest?


Hispanic leaders spearheaded the Río Grande del Norte National Monument

In New Mexico, the open and inclusive campaign for a 240,000-acre monument sidestepped the usual controversy drummed up by such designations.

Trappers catch a lot more than wolves

Mountain lions, eagles, bobcats, geese and domestic pets have all been accidentally caught -- and killed -- by wolf trappers.

A new collaboration has Idaho ranchers and the BLM fighting fire together

Conflicts began after the BLM banned ranchers from fighting fire on public land. But a surprising solution has emerged.

The Forest Service battles placer mining with an obscure law

A little-known 1955 law gives the Forest Service a way to shut down placer mining claims along some Western rivers.

The latest: Mixed messages about nuclear power safety

Ex-nuclear regulatory commission chief says no U.S. nuclear plants are safe, while California's San Onofre plant plans to restart

The latest: A cautious cave re-opening

After closing all Western caves to protect bats from deadly white-nose syndrome, the Forest Service re-opens certain caves

Editor's Note

Historic Northwest Forest Plan needs a careful overhaul

The Northwest Forest Plan, no 20 years old, faces pressures new and old, with no easy fix in sight.


Seeking Ben Kennedy: a quest to find a mysterious Montana philanthropist

The writer goes in search of a mysterious Montana philanthropist

Dear Friends

Spread the word and get an exclusive HCN poster

"Friends" campaign offers the new Colorado River Basin poster; Craig Childs wins Orion Book Award; John Dougherty produces "Cyanide Beach" documentary on mine pollution.

Book Reviews

Necessary evil: a review of Boom, Bust, Boom

A book review of Bill Carter's Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story about copper, the metal that runs the world

Parched lives in a parched land: A review of the Ordinary Truth

Jana Richman's novel of a Nevada family divided by conflict over water

A review of Passage to Wonderland

A history professor re-treads photographer Joseph Stimson's 1903 journey from Cody, Wyo., to Yellowstone.


The gray area: a conversation with artist Renee Couture

An Oregon artist reinterprets the region's timber wars.

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