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  • Four decades of the Sierra Club

    Michael McCloskey’s autobiography, In the Thick of It: My Life in the Sierra Club, covers four decades of his life and work as an environmentalist

  • Elementary, my dear cowpuncher

    In Steve Hockensmith’s historical mystery, Holmes on the Range, Montana cowboys inspired by the Sherlock Holmes stories try their hand at solving a murder

  • A whole lot of shaking

    In his book A Crack in the Edge of the World, Simon Winchester takes a comprehensive look at the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and warns of the geological perils still facing the region

  • A decade of difficult questions

    Outgoing High Country News editor Greg Hanscom muses on the stories and issues the paper has covered in the 10 years he’s been with it

  • Terms of endangerment

    The Endangered Species Act’s categories of endangered, threatened, experimental essential, experimental nonessential, and safe harbor release are defined

  • State of Jefferson: A place apart

    Brian Peterson considers himself the interim governor of the State of Jefferson, an area in Northern California and southern Oregon that has been talking about secession since the early 1940s

  • Spinning coal into gasoline

    Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is eager to build a synfuels plant to turn coal into diesel, but it will neither easy nor cheap to make gas gasification a reality in the West

  • Trees — A different shade of green

    Increasingly, Western cities are planting trees to save energy as well as provide beauty

  • Two weeks in the West

    Interior Deputy Secretary Julie MacDonald 'edited' Fish and Wildlife reports to change scientists’ conclusions; Platte River Cooperative Agreement comes together; railroad wants to blast avalanches in Glacier National Park; largest biodiesel refinery bein

  • The West is not a zoo

    The Peregrine Fund has proven that it can breed and release endangered birds of prey as often as it needs to, but do we want to treat Western wildlife like a crop of annual flowers that has to be re-seeded every year?

  • Bred for success

    The Peregrine Fund has mastered the art of breeding aplomado falcons and other endangered birds of prey, but critics say the organization is blind to the importance of wildlife habitat

  • Heard around the West

    Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?; remembering (not always kindly) Helen Chenoweth-Hage; guilt-trips and voting; extreme fried food

  • Just another giddyup

    The New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association’s Zia Rodeo brings out all kinds of cowboys and cowgirls

  • Idaho's permissiveness leads to elk on the lam

    The escape of 100 domestic elk from self-styled mountain man Rex Rammell’s Idaho game farm shows up the foolishness of the state’s permissive attitude toward the industry

  • Biomass: What to do with all that wood

    Mark Sardella’s nonprofit group Local Energy is determined to heat local communities with biomass energy, created by burning logging slash and millwaste from New Mexican forests

  • In search of greener pastures

    Laina Corazon Coit and her brother, Rick Chase, want to create Colorado’s first natural burial ground and wildlife refuge on the eastern prairie

  • Pueblo water battle nears its end

    If New Mexico’s 40-year-old Aamodt case is settled, it will end centuries of wrangling over water use, but not everybody is happy with how it’s ending

  • Can the West become the new South?

    Boosters of a Western primary hope it could give the Interior West a greater voice in the politics of Washington, D.C.

  • Two weeks in the West

    EPA tightens standards on soot exposure; New Mexico land commissioner candidates clash; enviros can buy grazing permits in Utah; trailers are trashed to make room for luxury homes; SunEdison will build largest solar plant in the U.S. in Colorado’s San Lui

  • Life in the transition zone

    Longtime community activist and HCN board member Luis Torres is delighted to see environmentalists and loggers working together in the forests of his native northern New Mexico

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