Items by Greg

The darkest element
The darkest element
In Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World, Tom Zoellner tells the story of the radioactive element.
Clean coal is an oxymoron
Clean coal is an oxymoron
Greg Gordon says Montana's governor, Brian Schweitzer, may sound like a populist, but he's beholden to King Coal.
Asthma and allergies take root in the new West
Greg Mitman remembers when the West was a sanctuary for asthma sufferers – before the region’s own skies became polluted and pollen-filled.
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
Dear friends
HCN says goodbye to Greg Hanscom and welcomes new editor John Mecklin; notes from readers
Good work in Washington
The Bush administration deserves credit for its "Water 2025" initiative, which provided grants that have helped the Deschutes River Conservancy and the Central Oregon Irrigation District begin restoring Oregon’s Deschutes River
Leave the wheels out of wilderness
As enjoyable as mountain biking is, bikes simply don’t belong in the wilderness, partly because the faster you travel through a place, the smaller – and tamer – that place begins to seem.
'You've got me wrong': A Conversation with Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth
Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth talks about how his agency has changed over the years, defending current forest management policies as well as the Service’s dealings with the energy industry
Playing God in suburbia
Is it really true that the U.S. has no choice but to employ a harsh form of triage in deciding which endangered species should live, and which must die?
November Surprise
Ray Ring’s cover story on the libertarian stealth campaign to put "takings" initiatives on Western ballots is the biggest untold political story of the year
HCN looks to the future
In a special summer reading issue, HCN dishes up a science fiction story that imagines life in the Southwest in 2030 or so, when "Big Daddy Drought" is in full stride, and California claims all water
Dear friends
HCN seeks new editor as Greg Hanscom announces plans to leave; HCN goes to diversity school
Dear friends
Matt Jenkins leaves the HCN office to become California-Great Basin correspondent; Western Slope Environmental Resource Conference and North Fork River Improvement Association hold annual meetings; visitors; "secretary" Bruce Babbitt
Tierra o Muerte
As the outside world bullies its way into northern New Mexico, the native Hispano culture has begun to fray, and today the region has the highest rate of heroin addiction in the country
Reality Check
Misinformation and exaggeration abound in the debate over the Endangered Species Act’s critical habitat provisions
The next boomtown
The discovery of heretofore "undiscovered" small towns, and their invasion by wealthy second-homeowners, brings money, problems and often disillusionment to much of the West
Hot times — hot damn
Michelle Nijhuis has just won the 2006 Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism for her series on global warming in the West, which concludes with this issue’s feature story
Thanks to the farmers
Supporting sustainable, local, organic food production is one way to reduce our ecological impact and restore the West’s rural communities
The view from above
High Country News prides itself on keeping close to the ground, but for this special issue, we look at the energy boom in the West from a global perspective
Dear friends
HCN Holiday Open House; People’s Choice Awards for HCN stories; thanks to Mark Lellouch and Alison Davis; visitors
Dear friends
Thanks to readers for Research Fund gifts and the many responses to HCN’s survey; visitors
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
Dear friends
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
Dear friends
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
Dear friends
High Country News is now in full-color; Jacqui Banaszynski and Don Nelson give HCN some editorial advice
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