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High Country News June 23, 2014


River of no return

Seattle’s Duwamish has been straightened, dredged and heavily polluted. Can a Superfund cleanup bring it back to life? Subscribers only


Which tributaries should be protected like the rivers they feed?

New rules may help regulators enforce an ambiguous law.

Salmon go down the tubes – literally

Washington biologists test pressurized tubes to transport salmon over dams.

A new mapping tool shows how states value wildlife

Habitat seen as a crucial resource in some states more than others.

Divers explore national parks' underwater treasures

The last frontier of the national parks lies underwater.

'A pimp in the family'

After years of being preyed upon by payday lenders, tribes get into the game themselves. Subscribers only

The Latest: After a long battle, agreement for the Klamath

Tribes, greens, farmers come to consensus; dams may eventually be removed.

Editor's Note

What hides in the waters

In the rural West, river pollution seems somewhat straightforward, when in reality it’s infinitely complex.

Dear Friends

Summer publishing break

HCN skips a print issue, holds a board meeting and congratulates our writers on awards.

Uncommon Westerners

The man behind a New Mexico county's fracking ban

Last year Mora became the first county in the nation to permanently ban oil and gas development.

Book Reviews

Woven Identities: Basketry Art of Western North America by Valerie K. Verzuh

Images of basket-weaving art from Santa Fe Museum.

A Refugee in Her Own Land

Review of ‘Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman's Life in Oyster Bay' by Llyn De Danaan.

Out here meets out there

Review of ‘Calamity Jane' by Bernard Schopen.


Reflecting on groundwater from the Owens Valley Watershed

Growing up in the high desert, I learned water doesn't just fall from the sky.

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