Items by Paul Larmer

High Country News skips an issue
HCN skips issue; board meeting, intern reunion and reader potluck; growing our readership; breakfast in Bozeman; farewell to Ed Quillen; correction.
The delights of urban wilderness
The sometimes-scruffy remnants of woodland that edge our urban neighborhoods have psychological as well as ecological value.
HCN takes a spring break
HCN takes a spring break
High Country News skips an issue; update on all things digital; new board members include Rick Tallman of Denver, Sean Benton from Missoula and Wendy J. Pabich of Hailey, Idaho.
The paradox of the housing boom and bust
The paradox of the housing boom and bust
Outside Delta, Colo sits yet another rural subdivision that was never completed -- a sign of the West's housing bust and of the difficulty of regulating rural growth.
Have we learned anything from the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords?
Have we learned anything from the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords?
The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others needs to be seen in the cultural and political context of life in modern Arizona.
Environmentalists may have to take what they can get
Environmentalists may have to take what they can get
Obama isn't the fierce environmental leader many hoped for, but some good things are happening despite right-wing opposition and the ongoing recession.
The Visual West: Adobe sunrise
The beauty of the ugly West
The times, they are a changin'
The times, they are a changin'
High Country News launches a digital edition and iPhone application on November 14, 2011.
Management by mega-fire
It’s a basic fact of Western life that fire rarely behaves the way we want it to.
The Visual West: Last Flight of the Insects
Insects take over the landscape in early fall, just days before they perish
The Visual West: Going with the Monsoonal Flow
Summer storms color the West
The return of the Lords of Yesterday
The return of the Lords of Yesterday
The Old West-style extractive economy is roaring back to life, powered by the insatiable energy needs of countries like China.
HCN enters the digital world
HCN enters the digital world
HCN board and staff discuss digital media; visitors; correction.
The return of the Lords of Yesterday
The return of the Lords of Yesterday
The West's once-faltering extractive economy is roaring back to life, powered by the energy needs of developing countries like China.
The Visual West -- In Praise of Skunk Cabbage
A late June exploration reveals many views of the lowly, yet lovely, meadow plant.
Go East, young greens
Go East, young greens
What is it like to be an idealistic young environmentalist working on Capitol Hill?
The Visual West
Tulips among the dead
The West’s dams share a dirty secret
The West’s dams share a dirty secret
The reservoirs of the West are a far cry from Eastern lakes, especially when it comes to the silt they carry.
Siltation expert: We need more dams
Siltation expert: We need more dams
George Annandale, a siltation expert, says the West needs more dams to satisfy its thirst.
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Winter Above, Spring Below
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The water -- and the soil -- of the West are starting to flow
Spring fever, skipped issue
Spring fever, skipped issue
High Country News skipped issue; Paul Larmer's son, Zachary, and friends invent "The Caboose," a device that assists the disabled; Amy Goodman visits Paonia; new books by Tracy Ross and Hannah Nordhaus; clarification.
The power of the lowly dirt particle
The power of the lowly dirt particle
The reservoirs of the West are a far cry from Eastern lakes, especially when it comes to the silt they carry.
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The Quiet Flowers of Spring
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Kestrel on a Spring Breeze
First Signs of Spring
Readers submit their notes and photos
Cy-board meeting
Cy-board meeting
High Country News board meets via Web and phone; Gretchen Aston-Puckettt to leave HCN; new website, new cleaners, new job for Ariana Brocious; map clarification
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Red Sky at Night
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She's Breaking Up
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Mule Deer Survival
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    High Country News, an award-winning media organization covering the communities and environment of the Western United States, seeks a part-time Customer Service Assistant, based at...
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  • CAMPAIGN MANAGER
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  • HECHO DEPUTY DIRECTOR
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  • REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE, COLUMBIA CASCADES
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  • FINANCE AND OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
    The Montana Land Reliance (MLR) seeks a full-time Finance and Operations Director to manage the internal functions of MLR and its nonprofit affiliates. Key areas...
  • DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION
    The Nature Conservancy is recruiting for a Director of Conservation. Provides strategic leadership and support for all of the Conservancy's conservation work in Arizona. The...
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    The Amargosa Conservancy (AC), a conservation nonprofit dedicated to standing up for water and biodiversity in the Death Valley region, seeks an executive director to...
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  • NEW BOOK BY AWARD-WINNING WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST, BRUCE SMITH
    In a perilous place at the roof of the world, an orphaned mountain goat is rescued from certain death by a mysterious raven.This middle-grade novel,...
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    The Deschutes Land Trust is seeking an experienced Volunteer Program Manager to join its dedicated team! Deschutes Land Trust conserves and cares for the lands...
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    Multiple lots in gated community only 5 miles from Great Sand Dunes National Park. Seasonal flowing streams. Year round road maintenance.
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    Country living just minutes from town! 20 acres with great views makes a perfect spot for your custom home. Nice oaks and juniper. Cassie Carver,...
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    This home is for a discerning buyer in search of a forest setting of premier seclusion & separateness. Surrounded on all sides by USFS land...