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High Country News May 26, 2014


The great gun-rights divide

A liberal gun owner finds 'gun nuts' on both sides of the debate.

Excerpt from “The Ogallala Road”

An author returns to a family farm in Kansas to explore drought and depletion.


Peak water

The vexing nature of California’s water crisis.

Drought watch

A summary of drought conditions across the region.

Rain watch

What to expect from the likely El Niño summer across the West.

Alaska's wildlife war

The federal government pushes back as the state ramps up control of wolves and other predators.

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

Would-be coal exporters plan to circumvent Northwestern opposition by using terminals elsewhere in North America.

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

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.

Dear Friends

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

A photographer follows Georgia O'Keeffe's footsteps and comes back with his own impressive body of work.

The path of the imagination

A review of “Conversations with Barry Lopez: Walking the Path of Imagination” by William E. Tydeman


The Big Nasty

On garbage and tolerance in the wilderness.

Heard Around the West

Baby birds get wood-chipped and draft horses for heavy dude ranchers.

Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

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