Items by Greg Hanscom

The vast, unpatrolled public lands
The same solitude that attracts nature-lovers to the West’s public lands attracts lawbreakers as well – particularly a growing number of Mexican marijuana-growers
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Santa Fe board meeting; Emily Stonington and Michael Fischer leave HCN board; Tutti Skaar, Dan Stonington and Florence Williams join board; Ruben Martinez and Angela Garcia speak to HCN meeting; Laura Paskus and Hollis Lawrence get hitched in Albuq
Is anyone home at the parks?
The Park Service has always excelled at managing visitors, and as global warming makes itself felt in Yosemite, Glacier and other national treasures, the agency should use its interpretive skills to explain what’s going on
Exodus
The abandonment of the American Southwest by the Anasazi 700 years ago – and the destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina today – show that all civilizations are fragile, complex, and ultimately at the mercy of the climate
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Laura Paskus moves to Albuquerque to become HCN’s Southwest editor; JoAnn Kalenak becomes our marketing and sales coordinator; Kerri Brown is the new production and design assistant; visitors; Santa Fe board meeting and potluck coming up
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High Country News is now in full-color; Jacqui Banaszynski and Don Nelson give HCN some editorial advice
The theology of growth
The problem of gang violence in Salt Lake City offers a disturbing glimpse into the conflicted soul of Utah and the rest of the rapidly growing West
D.C. and the West: Worlds apart
Washington, D.C., seems like another planet when seen from the West, as the political stories in this issue of the paper suggest
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High Country News May board meeting hosts good discussion about the paper’s future; thanks, Maggie Coon and Michael Soule
In-house wisdom, or White House meddling?
Forest Service insiders say President Bush’s Council on Environmental Quality has added new corporate-style rules to the agency’s forest-planning program
The revolution will not be televised
It’s a good thing leadership is emerging in the West on energy issues, because President Bush’s energy plan is a step in the wrong direction
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Dave Foreman on "Nature’s Crisis" and what HCN is doing wrong; kids these days; visitors; clarifications
On the trail of global warming
This winter’s weird weather has everybody talking, but nobody wants to tackle the big question: Is global warming finally hitting the West?
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Sculptor and newspaperman Bob Wick; congrats to Paul Koberstein, Alex Pasquariello, Michelle Nijhuis, and Ed and Betsy Marston; correction
The best-laid plans
It’s high time Arizona realized it’s a desert, and has to share the Colorado River with six other dry Western states
Ready... fire... aim!
Ten years into the energy rush, the West is beginning to think about its impacts on the region’s land, air, water and wildlife
A Lively Exchange with the Interior Department
Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior and HCN's Editors enjoy a lively exchange
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Fighting the good fight in Wyoming; remembering Jeff Limerick, Beth Williams, Tom Thorne and Ellen Meloy; good-bye to Wild Earth magazine; corrections
An identity crisis, a decade or two late
The recent controversy over "The Death of Environmentalism" illustrates the importance of reaching across the rural West’s cultural divide
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Jodi Peterson is HCN’s news editor; Andy Robinson, fund-raiser extraordinaire; John Nutting visits; corrections
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New interns Julie McCord and Hilary Watts; feisty HCN board meeting in Boulder; corrections
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Skipped issue; High Country News open house; Boulder board meeting and potluck; corrections and clarifications
Buy them some body armor
Like their military compatriots in Iraq, the American civil servants charged with managing our public lands, water and wildlife lack adequate funding, back-up, or the moral support of their higher-ups
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Visitors; Terry Tempest Williams speaks at Florida university after all; correction
Election Day surprises in the schizophrenic West
The same Western voters who re-elected President George W. Bush and his anti-environmental record also voted for environmental ballot measures and green-leaning candidates.
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Election Day; Ray Ring wins journalism award; High Country News holiday open house
New ways to work in the woods
The National Network of Forest Practitioners restores forests and streams while creating sustainable jobs in local communities
Environmental issues disappear into election-season smog
Environmental issues were almost invisible in the presidential debates, but an awful lot has happened in the last four years – and most of it has not been good for the West.
Don’t expect Washington to lead the West
The West needs to take charge of its own destiny, and become more than just a political game piece in the presidential election
The West has to count on itself
The writer watches the presidential debates but can’t see that either candidate knows much about the West’s rural communities
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