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High Country News February 17, 2014


Can a grazing buyout program ease life for wolves and ranchers?

A fledgling effort in New Mexico's 'Yellowstone of the South.'

Ranchers, enviros and officials seek a middle path on public-land grazing

Moving beyond stalemate to meaningful reform in Utah.


How political extremism and primary reforms limit choices for Western voters

'Top-two' primary systems banish third parties from the ballot.

The great electric road trip

One of Utah's poorest counties gets the state's first Tesla Supercharger station.

Postcard from a livestock sperm bank

Your one-stop shop for bison semen, oyster embryos and testicular turkey tissue.

The first comic book with an all-Native American superhero team returns

Conversation with Jon Proudstar about the return of his comic book series, 'Tribal Force.'

Crisis biology: Can bacteria save bats and frogs from deadly diseases?

As populations plummet, biologists race for a solution.

The Latest: Ecoterrorist in Vail fire is sentenced

Members of Earth Liberation Front set fire to a ski lodge in 1998 for the plight of the Canada lynx.

The Latest: Nevada charges renewable energy companies for eco mitigation

A pilot project tries to prevent large-scale degradation.

Editor's Note

Older and wiser

Two public lands and grazing stories as much about process and potential as on-the-ground changes.

Dear Friends

New HCN employees and several visitors at the office.

New employees and visitors arrive at HCN.

Book Reviews

Pacific Crest Trail: A Journey in Photographs by Chris Alexander

A hiker documents the entire trail on his five-month journey.

Tracking America's ice-age pioneers

A review of 'In the Shadow of the Sabertooth' by Doug Peacock.

Montana escape

A review of 'High and Inside' by Russell Rowland


The Sacramento-San Joaquin deltas of 1772 and today

Remembering explorers past of this California water source.

Heard Around the West

Terrorized by coyotes, denied a school lunch, and a controversial superbowl ad

Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.

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