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High Country News June 09, 2014


Border out of control

National security runs roughshod over the Arizona wild.


The leak heard ‘round the nuclear industry

A radioactive leak in New Mexico will make solutions to our waste problem even more elusive.

Brine shrimp by the billions in the Great Salt Lake

Why is this shrimp fishery nearly conflict-free?

Snowmobiling for science in Idaho

Scientists and snowmobilers team up for smarter wolverine management.

Oil and gas wells hold a place of honor in a Colorado subdivision

Pumpjacks and tanks make good neighbors.

The Latest: Kill invasive lake trout to save native bull trout?

State and tribes disagree.

The Latest: Obama designated his largest national monument yet

If Congress won’t act to protect public lands, the President will.

Editor's Note

Official lawlessness on the border

No agency can be expected to care for the environment if the citizens who empower it don’t pay attention.

Dear Friends

Remembering Cecil Garland

The passing of a wilderness advocate, and an HCN correspondent moves to North Dakota.

Writers on the Range

Suckers for gold

Recreational dredgers can wreck stream beds.

Book Reviews

Tainted Revelations: The Art of Bill Ohrmann by Joe Ashbrook Nickell

Paintings of riotous natural beauty and horrific destruction.

Consider the sparrow

Review of “The Urban Bestiary” by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Thumbs up and still breathing

Review of “Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life on Fire” by Jerry D. Mathes II


When a parent dies, do we let the house fall?

Every generation must decide what to do with the lives that preceded theirs.

Heard Around the West

The first college degree in drones, a baby born in Walmart parking lot and more

Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.


How mining transforms the West’s ranching communities

Photographs of people and places in flux.

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