Items by Jodi Peterson

Report unearths the high cost of mining
A new report from Earthworks and Oxfam America, Dirty Metals: Mining, Communities and the Environment, details the waste and pollution produced by modern mining
Small steps for wilderness
Arizona activists team up with Rep. Raul Grijalva to create a small-scale wilderness proposal for the Tumacacori Highlands
Songs in the key of life
Earthjustice, best known for legal service for environmental causes, has released a CD with a message of making tomorrow better
Greenhouse gases go underground
Plans for permanently storing carbon dioxide in oil fields will benefit energy companies who already use carbon dioxide injection to boost output.
Drought forces Las Vegas to reach deeper for water
Lake Mead has dropped to about 58 percent of its capacity, and the quality of the water has changed, causing more expensive production and increased danger of not meeting health standards
A city we can live with
Emile Buchwald’s Toward the Livable City offers essays and art to entice readers toward the antidote to suburban sprawl – sustainable, vital, high-density cities
Are mountain lions in danger of disappearing?
Disappearing habitat and an increase in hunting quotas based on politics and guesswork are threatening the stability of mountain lion populations in the West.
Can't we all just get along
A new report, Making the Most of Science in the American West: An Experiment, aims at teaching Westerners to work with scientists to avoid environmental conflicts, according to co-author Patricia Nelson Limerick
Heroes for the wild
The upcoming 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is being celebrated with "Wilderness Hero" award nominations, sponsored by a range of conservation groups
Defense company turns from rockets to real estate
Aerospace and defense company GenCorp wants to build a new development on its former rocket-testing site near Sacramento, Calif., but critics are worried about old pollutants in the groundwater
Big cats on the block
In The Beast in the Garden, David Baron looks at our changing relationships with predators, focusing on the death of a young Colorado man who was killed by a mountain lion
Rollbacks on the range
The Bureau of Land Management plans to revise its Clinton-era grazing regulations, and critics say the changes will let ranchers ride roughshod over the public lands
No place for pesky nuclear waste
The European-owned company LES wants to produce nuclear fuel near Eunice, N.M., but has yet to come up with a plan for storing the highly toxic, radioactive byproduct
Salmon get a break from pesticides
U.S. District Judge John Coughenour bans the use of 38 pesticides near streams that host endangered runs of salmon and steelhead in Washington, Oregon and California
Indian poll power
NativeVote 2004 seeks to rally as many American Indians as possible to register and vote in the November election
Dear Friends
New Colorado interns Jodi Peterson and Alex Pasquariello; anatomical accuracy of Maryann Webster’s HCN cover painting
The BLM is blowing in the wind
The Bureau of Land Management is studying the prospects for developing wind energy on Western public lands
Ready, set, vote
A coalition called America Votes plans to educate voters and work with grassroots groups across the country to pump up election-day turnout
Being rich isn’t all it’s cracked up to be
A report from the Center of the American West -- What Every Westerner Should Know About Energy – explains why the West is stuck in the middle of the nation’s energy fight
Looking out for the little guys
The Paonia, Colorado-based Center for Native Ecosystems tries to look out for the kind of endangered species often neglected by other groups
Healthy energy on public lands
A new report by the BLM and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory details the opportunities for renewable energy development on Western public lands
Dear friends
Welcome to summer interns Tony Barboza and Patrick Farrell; visitors; Grist wins Web site award
High Country News Classifieds
  • DESCHUTES LAND TRUST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Deschutes Land Trust, based in Bend, Oregon, seeks a collaborative and strategic Executive Director to lead us in pursuing our mission: to conserve and care...
  • DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
    Job Title: Development Manager Supervisor: Senior Director of Development Effective Date: May 17, 2021 Job Status: Full-time (40 hours/week), exempt Location: Within the Colorado Plateau...
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    - The Land, History, and People of the Bears Ears Region - The Bears Ears and Cedar Mesa region is one of the most beautiful,...
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    Job Title: Executive Director Reports To: Board of Directors Compensation: $75,000 to $80,000, plus generous benefits and paid leave. Funding for relocation expenses available. Classification:...
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    Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Application review will begin on April 2, 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled....
  • CLIMATE JUSTICE FELLOW
    High Country News, an award-winning magazine covering the communities and environment of the Western United States, seeks applicants for a climate justice fellowship. The fellowship...
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    High Country News, an award-winning magazine covering the communities and environment of the Western United States, is offering a fellowship for early-career journalists interested in...
  • COLORADO WILD PUBLIC LANDS VIDEO CONTEST
    Please submit your video of 30 seconds or less, taken on public lands, to [email protected] by May 15th for a chance to win in one...
  • WMAN NETWORK COORDINATOR
    WESTERN MINING ACTION NETWORK (WMAN) CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY CLOSING DATE: Feb. 19, 2021 WMAN is seeking a team member to coordinate the various network activities to...
  • FRIENDS OF THE INYO IS HIRING TRAIL AMBASSADORS FOR THE SUMMER OF 2021
    Friends of the Inyo's Trail Ambassadors (TAs) support the Inyo, Sierra, & Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests and other partners by providing positive public service, outreach, interpretation,...
  • LAND & CABIN ON CO/ UT LINE
    18 ac w/small solar ready cabin. Off grid, no well. Great RV location. Surrounded by state wildlife area and nat'l parks.
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    Permaculture / Landscape Company Manager / Site Lead Red Ant Works, Inc. - 20+ year landscape construction and horticultural care company seeks manager and site...
  • CANYONLANDS FIELD INSTITUTE
    Field seminars for adults in natural and human history of the Colorado Plateau with lodge, river trip and base camp options. Small groups, guest experts.
  • COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
    San Juan Citizens Alliance is looking for a passionate, dynamic, organized, and technology-savvy communications professional to help grow our membership and presence in the Four...
  • ENERGY AND CLIMATE PROGRAM ASSOCIATE
    San Juan Citizens Alliance seeks an Energy and Climate Program Associate to focus on public outreach, education and organizing to advance campaigns to mitigate climate...
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    This position provides professional real estate services and is responsible for managing and completing real estate projects utilizing a project management database that is designed...
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    The Wildfire Mitigation Specialist is responsible for delivering wildfire risk mitigation information, recommendations and programmatic resources to wildland urban interface homeowners, community members and partners....
  • DEVELOPMENT POSITIONS
    Thorne Nature Experience is hiring for a Development Director and Senior Individual Giving Manager. Individuals will work collaboratively with Thorne's Executive Director to develop and...
  • SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER, LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION & ENERGY
    The National Parks Conservation Association, a 100-year-old nonprofit advocacy organization and the nation's leading voice for national parks seeks a Senior Program Manager, Landscape Conservation...
  • BACKCOUNTRY AND FRONTCOUNTRY STEWARDSHIP CREW MEMBERS
    The San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) is hiring a crew of ambassadors to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to educate visitors on...