Items by Jodi Peterson 

Report from Outdoor Retailer
In which an HCN editor wanders the gigantic gear show -- and finds out the latest about the industry's conservation strategy
High Country News gets new interns
HCN's newest interns are Brendon Bosworth and Emily Guerin; farewell to Philip Fradkin; correction.
HCN: Preferred reading of cab drivers and geologists
HCN: Preferred reading of cab drivers and geologists
HCN's visitors brave the early summer heat; former intern Lisa Song and reporter Elizabeth McGowan write an e-book called The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of.
Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct
Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct
In this art book, Adam Duncan Harris assembles the work of one of the West’s premier wildlife artists, pairing his finished acrylic paintings with the conté crayon sketches that inspired them
Smokey Bear: From cute to buff, and in between
Smokey Bear: From cute to buff, and in between
Smokey Bear’s many image changes over the years reflect the Forest Service’s changing attitudes toward wildfire.
Pipeline plans
A new report from NRDC says water-moving schemes may prove expensive and unreliable.
A review of Elevating Western American Art
A review of Elevating Western American Art
In Elevating Western American Art, editor Thomas Brent Smith brings together essays and photos describing how the Petrie Institute at the Denver Art Museum was developed and showcasing its wonders.
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.
Burn baby burn
New studies support the need for more fire in Southwestern forests.
High Country News gets visitors and a new employee
High Country News gets visitors and a new employee
HCN hires new circulation assistant Angela Caldwell; bikers visit Paonia; corrections.
Farewell to a wise curmudgeon
Noted Western writer and humorist Ed Quillen has died at the age of 61.
Student visitors from near and far
HCN is visited by students of all ages; meeting Michael Branch; Stephanie Paige Ogburn is a finalist for the 2012 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists; Sierra Crane-Murdoch receives scholarship; Tony Barboza wins fellowship.
Friday news roundup: fires start, wildlife die
Sagebrush rebellion failures, pipeline setbacks and California wolf photos
Western legislatures grab for control of public lands
Western legislatures grab for control of public lands
Some Western states are rekindling the Sagebrush Rebellion and demanding ownership of federal lands -- but it's not just about local control.
The Colorado River and Big Daddy drought
Low snowfall = less water = more stress, in the seven states fed by the Colorado River
Western legislative roundup
Western legislative roundup
Some recent Western legislative highlights are noted, accompanied by quotes from the legislators involved.
New books from friends of High Country News
New books from friends of High Country News
Jeff Chen visits; new books from Florence Williams, Laura Pritchett, Alan Kesselheim and Fred Anderson; Jamie Williams is new president of The Wilderness Society; corrections.
The burning begins
The West's wildfire season might be less severe than last year's.
Bark beetles in double-time
Warming temperatures put bark beetle reproduction into high gear, say scientists
Pipeline pushback
What's up with Keystone XL and Flaming Gorge?
HCN subscribers and writers meet in New Zealand
HCN subscribers and writers meet in New Zealand
An HCN writer meets some longtime subscribers on Ulva Island in New Zealand; new books from former intern Emily Jeanne Miller, Writers on the Range contributor David Feela and freelancer Louise Wagenknecht.
Craig Childs is HCN's latest contributing editor
Craig Childs is HCN's latest contributing editor
Craig Childs becomes a contributing editor; High Country News has telephone troubles; former interns Dave Frey and Emilene Ostlind get new jobs; and corrections.
The buzz on bees
Scientists make some progress in understanding what's killing off the nation's honeybees.
(In)secure rural schools, once again
Local governments may see big budget shortfalls if a popular federal payment program isn't revived.
Welcome, Eric and Kati
Welcome, Eric and Kati
High Country News hires Eric Strebel as Web developer and Kati Johnson as circulation assistant; visitors; Holiday Open House; and corrections.
Detente in the rancher v. environmentalist grazing wars?
Detente in the rancher v. environmentalist grazing wars?
Buying out grazing permits from willing ranchers could help solve conflicts over grazing on public lands.
Ungulate roundup
The latest on the West's bighorns, pronghorn, deer, elk and bison.
Coal: curbed but not crushed
Several factors are reducing coal usage -- but it's not going away
Vagabond visitors
Vagabond visitors
Western wanderers pop into High Country News; a new book on Wyoming, On Sacred Ground, features HCN founder Tom Bell.
And now, a message from our sponsors ...
And now, a message from our sponsors ...
High Country News publishes Green Gift Guide; HCN has some delivery problems, but Becca Clarren's baby delivery goes perfectly; late fall visitors; "Possessing the Wild" missed some lines; and corrections.
High Country News Classifieds
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