Magazine
Save Our Snow

March 6, 2006

Faced with rising temperatures and a passive federal government, Western towns such as Aspen, Colo., are beginning to work out a local approach to combating global warming. Also in this issue: President Bush revives a proposal to sell off public lands managed by the BLM and the Forest Service as part of his 2007 budget.

Feature

Save Our Snow
Faced with rising temperatures and a passive federal government, Western towns such as Aspen, Colo., are beginning to work out a local approach to combating global warming

Sidebar

States tighten rules, challenge feds to follow
The state of California pioneered pollution-control efforts decades ago in response to L.A. smog, and today, the Western states are hoping to set the course for national action on climate change
Facts about greenhouse gas emissions
Sprinkled throughout the lead story are "fun facts" about what causes greenhouse gas emissions and what people can do to reduce them

Editor's Note

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

Essays

Fishering
Fishering
In a part of Oregon where everybody says there have been no fishers for years, the writer stumbles across one of these rare and beautiful animals

Book Reviews

Big dams, big battles
In Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment, Jacques Leslie profiles people dealing with dams in India, Africa and Australia
Friends in high places
In the essays gathered in Breaking Through the Clouds, Richard Fleck weaves in history, humanity and poetry to tell the stories of the mountains he climbs
Got Sun? Go Solar
In Got Sun? Go Solar, writers Rex A. Ewing and Doug Pratt explain how to carry out home renewable energy projects
Exploring High Mountain Lakes in the Rockies
Exploring High Mountain Lakes in the Rockies by biologist Fred W. Rabe takes a detailed look at mountain lakes, describing their formation, geology and aquatic plants and animals

Writers on the Range

In hunting camp, the closet is closed
A "gay, wolf-loving, tree-hugging former Marine" writes about Brokeback Mountain, elk hunting, and his own lifelong experience with shame and prejudice

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Sex-change doctor dies; rainy wit from Oregon; "Meth Made Easy" makes newspaper’s life hard; world’s biggest solar project slated for Nevada; GPS locates bank robbers

Dear Friends

Dear friends
HCN now has a blog; HCN’s Tucson board meeting and potluck; correction and clarification

News

Public acres for sale
President Bush revives a proposal to sell off public lands managed by the BLM and the Forest Service as part of his 2007 budget
The Latest Bounce
White Pine County, Nev., seeks federal help to fight Las Vegas groundwater grab; fired workers suddenly regain jobs at National Renewable Energy Laboratory; marijuana is Washington’s No. 8 agricultural product
Snowy middle ground
Wilderness advocates and snowmobile enthusiasts are working together in Montana to find enough room in the landscape to accommodate both their passions
Fishermen blamed for salmon troubles
James Connaughton of the Bush administration’s Council on Environmental Quality says that fishing must be curtailed to save endangered salmon, but salmon advocates say dams are still the real threat to the fish
Energy company stakes out wildlife refuge
Yates Petroleum Co. plans to drill two gas wells in New Mexico’s Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Wilderness: The new anti-nuclear weapon
The designation of a new wilderness area in Utah – the Cedar Mountain Wilderness -- may make it harder for nuclear power plant operators to ship radioactive waste to the Skull Valley Goshute Indian Reservation
Taking the law into their own hands
Citizens use a little-known legal doctrine called qui tam to fight energy company profiteering – and make money in the process

Letters

High Country News Classifieds
  • MEMBERSHIP MANAGER
    For more information visit www. wyofile.com/careers/
  • THRIVING LOCAL HEALTH FOOD STORE FOR SALE
    Turn-key business opportunity. Successful well established business with room to grow. Excellent highway visibility.
  • DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    For more information, visit www.wyofile.com/careers/
  • SONORAN INSTITUTE, CEO
    Chief Executive Officer Tucson, Arizona ABOUT SONORAN INSTITUTE Since 1990, the Sonoran Institute has brought together diverse interests to successfully forge effective and enduring conservation...
  • STAFF ATTORNEY
    STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION OPENING www.westernlaw.org/about-us/clinic-interns-careers The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) is a high-impact, nonprofit public interest environmental law firm with a 27-year legacy using...
  • PROJECT MANAGER
    Position Summary Join our Team at the New Mexico Land Conservancy! We're seeking a Project Manager who will work to protect land and water across...
  • SEEKING PROPERTY FOR BISON HERD
    Seeking additional properties for a herd of 1,000 AUM minimum. Interested in partnering with landowners looking to engage in commercial and/or conservation bison ranching. Location...
  • DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT AND MARKETING
    High Country News seeks a Director of Product and Marketing to join our senior team during an exciting chapter of innovation and growth. This individual...
  • WILDLIFE HAVEN
    Beautiful acreage with Teton Creek flowing through it. Springs and ponds, lots of trees, moose and deer. Property has barn. Easy access. approx. 33 acres.
  • ARIZONA CONSERVATION CORPS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    Arizona Conservation Corps is seeking a Program Director in Flagstaff or Tucson
  • COPPER STAIN: ASARCO'S LEGACY IN EL PASO
    Tales from scores of ex-employees unearth the human costs of an economy that runs on copper.
  • EXPERT LAND STEWART
    Available for site conservator, property manager. View resume at http://skills.ojadigital.net.
  • CONSERVATIONIST? IRRIGABLE LAND?
    Stellar seed-saving NGO is available to serious partner. Package must include financial support. Details: http://seeds.ojaidigital.net.
  • CANYONLANDS FIELD INSTITUTE
    Colorado Plateau Natural & Human History Field Seminars. Lodge, river, hiking options. Small groups, guest experts.
  • WESTERN NATIVE SEED
    Specializing in native seeds and seed mixes for western states.
  • CHUCK BURR'S CULTUREQUAKE.COM BLOG
    Change will happen when we see a new way of living. Thinking to save the world.
  • COMING TO TUCSON?
    Popular vacation house, furnished, 2 bed/1 bath, yard, dog-friendly. Lee at [email protected] or 520-791-9246.
  • OJO CALIENTE COMMERCIAL VENTURE
    Outstanding location near the world famous Ojo Caliente Mineral Spring Resort. Classic adobe Mercantile complete w/living quarters, separate 6 unit B&B, metal building and spacious...