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High Country News February 03, 2014


The Hanford Whistleblowers

For decades, insiders have reported problems in the cleanup of our worst nuclear mess — but is anyone listening?


Rural Americans have inferior Internet access

Does it matter that broadband quality varies so widely?

Drought brings new dust storms to the geographic heart of the Dust Bowl

Despite an infusion of moisture, pockets of the Southern High Plains have been plagued with dusters and inundated with tumbleweeds.

Wilderness therapy redefines itself

But the irresponsible caregivers and tragedies of the past prove hard to shake.

The great Flathead fish fiasco

State and tribes disagree over how to tackle an exotic species' takeover of a Montana lake.

The Latest: Yellowstone bison get no vaccination or additional grazing land

Officials rejected both proposals recently.

The Latest: EPA released a final assessment of Pebble Mine impacts

The development would destroy rivers and wetlands.

Editor's Note

What do a biker bar and nuclear waste have in common?

Gritty, ongoing reportage delivers an important message: The fundamental problem with nuclear energy — its incredibly dangerous waste products — remains unsolved.

Dear Friends

HCN welcomes new interns

Two new team members have arrived for our six-month journalism boot camp.

Book Reviews

Review: A Russian American Photographer in Tlingit Country: Vincent Soboleff in Alaska

Historic photos portray Tlingit natives living and working alongside Russian Americans in the remote coastal Alaskan town of Killisnoo.

Storm and stress on the frontier

Crossing Purgatory by Gary Schanbacher

This is a man’s world

Ballistics by D.W. Wilson


An ode to snow

Laura Pritchett on the joy of snow.

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