Items by Jodi Peterson 

One winner in the recession -- quagga mussels
Too expensive to fight invasive shellfish?
A collar for a big kitty
For the first time ever, a jaguar in the U.S. is wearing a tracking device.
Happy birthday Wallace Stegner
The much-loved Western writer would have been 100 on Feb. 18.
A voice in the wilderness
A voice in the wilderness
Jim Stiles tries to keep his Canyon Country Zephyr alive online; visitors, or the lack thereof; and book notes.
An even more unlikely Shangri-la
Plans for a posh Utah resort will now be put to public vote.
A dog day report card
Agencies and states flunk "Prairie Dog Management 101."
They shoot elk, don't they?
A national park may finally get its elk overpopulation problem under control.
Welcome, new board members
Marley Shebala and Jesus De La Rosa join HCN’s board of directors; Ed and Betsy Marston win Champions of the Rockies award; Rebecca Clarren wins Alicia Patterson Fellowship and Ken Wright has a new book.
Who’s an Indian?
Deciding who is, and is not, a member of a Native American tribe can be a difficult business.
A pack of problems for wolves
Disease and federal indecision and inaction make life hard for the West's wolves.
Unnatural selection indeed
In heavily-hunted populations, it's the small and weak who survive.
Plum over, for a forest development deal
Timber company drops its backdoor road agreement with the Forest Service.
File under Unintended Consequences
An imported bug destroys an exotic weed -- that an endangered bird depends upon.
Dreaming of an oily (and gassy) Christmas
BLM official blasts the Bush drilling push.
Fa-la-la-la
The economic downturn is keeping travelers at home, but fortunately HCN’s readers are staying in touch.
A tale of two press releases
Two sides of the spin coin, from the BLM and enviros.
Dodged bullets
Dodged bullets
On several environmental issues, the Bush administration failed to push through its agenda.
Midnight cowboying
Midnight cowboying
As Bush prepares to leave office, his "midnight regulations" are mostly gifts to big business.
Going underground
Going underground
Hardrock mining slows down, but carbon sequestration and algae biofuels pick up.
Fruit of the land
High Country News writers look for querencia – the physical place that gives one strength – in prehistoric (and contemporary) Indian pueblos, in gardens tended by recovering addicts, and in a now-lost family farm.
Sheep v. sheep, redux
A last-minute rule change would give the USDA control over bighorn sheep introductions.
Welcome, new board members
HCN welcomes new board members Wayne Hare and Jane Ellen Stevens; Peter Friederici’s story on recycled effluent gets praise from the Society of Environmental Journalists.
A grizzly situation
Protected bears die -- thanks to careless humans.
From the Beltway to the mountains
A profile of High Country News readers Keith and Evelyn Baker.
Dear Friends
At the Homestead Market next to HCN’s office, bandsaws whine as elk and deer are butchered for this winter’s eating.
Death of (another) red state
Colorado goes blue for the first time in more than 40 years.
Passing gas
Western states are struggling to figure out how to capture the methane emissions from coal mines.
No dam(n) difference?
Controversial study claims dams have little effect on salmon survival rates.
Dear friends
Writer and professor David Gessner is among HCN’s recent interesting visitors; Paonia hosts chefs-in-training.
Endangered species meltdown
Ignore climate change effects on listed species, says Bush administration.
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