Magazine
The Great Gun Rights DivideDigital Edition

May 26, 2014

A liberal gun owner finds 'gun nuts' on both sides of the debate, an excerpt from Julene Bair's book 'The Ogallala Road,' state and federal agencies feud over predator control in Alaska, California's water crisis, and more.

Feature

The great gun-rights divide
The great gun-rights divide
A liberal gun owner finds 'gun nuts' on both sides of the debate.
Excerpt from “The Ogallala Road”
Excerpt from “The Ogallala Road”
An author returns to a family farm in Kansas to explore drought and depletion.

Current

Peak water
Peak water
The vexing nature of California’s water crisis.
Drought watch
Drought watch
A summary of drought conditions across the region.
Rain watch
Rain watch
What to expect from the likely El Niño summer across the West.
Alaska's wildlife war
Alaska's wildlife war
The federal government pushes back as the state ramps up control of wolves and other predators.
Archaeology’s poisonous past
Archaeology’s poisonous past
Most U.S. ethnographic collections are contaminated with toxins. Will new cleaning methods help tribes reclaim artifacts?
The Latest: Coal companies seek export terminals beyond the Northwest
The Latest: Coal companies seek export terminals beyond the Northwest
Would-be coal exporters plan to circumvent Northwestern opposition by using terminals elsewhere in North America.
The Latest: Utah loses Salt Creek road suit
The Latest: Utah loses Salt Creek road suit
Cattle ranchers, prospectors and tourists are denied reopening a road on public land.

Editor's Note

Conflict for the sake of conflict
Conflict for the sake of conflict
Cliven Bundy’s Nevada standoff shows we can’t dismiss armed drama, but we should also understand that the issues surrounding gun control point to something deep in America’s philosophical DNA.

Essays

The Big Nasty
The Big Nasty
On garbage and tolerance in the wilderness.

Writers on the Range

Dear Friends

Welcome, Brian Calvert!
Welcome, Brian Calvert!
New associate editor arrives, HCN reaps rewards in the Top of the Rockies Contest, and we mourn the passing of stalwart activist Billy Frank Jr.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Black Place: Two Seasons
Book Review: The Black Place: Two Seasons
A photographer follows Georgia O'Keeffe's footsteps and comes back with his own impressive body of work.
The path of the imagination
The path of the imagination
A review of “Conversations with Barry Lopez: Walking the Path of Imagination” by William E. Tydeman

Heard Around the West

Baby birds get wood-chipped and draft horses for heavy dude ranchers.
Baby birds get wood-chipped and draft horses for heavy dude ranchers.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Letters