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From the ground up

October 2, 2006

The Crested Butte News, a successful independent newspaper in a small Rocky Mountain town, has come full circle and is once again owned by a chain. Also in this issue: The North Coast Journal has been published in Arcata, Calif., for almost 18 years by Judy Hodgson, a journalist who believes in stirring the pot.

Feature

From the ground up
The Crested Butte News, a successful independent newspaper in a small Rocky Mountain town, has come full circle and is once again owned by a chain
Undaunted muckraker
Navajo Times reporter Marley Shebala is a fiercely determined journalist whose investigative reporting has helped bring down two tribal presidents
Film: Lens of compassion
Peter Richardson created an independent film called Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon, to illuminate a culture clash that was tearing his hometown apart
Radio: Spice for the ears
Hearing Voices, a collective of independent radio producers, is working to add spice to public broadcasting
The myth trafficker
Keoki Skinner deals lemonade and information from his yellow fruit-stand van in the border communities of Douglas, Ariz., and Agua Prieta, Mexico

Sidebar

Stirring the pot
The North Coast Journal has been published in Arcata, Calif., for almost 18 years by Judy Hodgson, a journalist who believes in stirring the pot
A paper with bite
The Taos Horse Fly, with its biting journalism, does its best to live up to its name
News from the gas fields
Roughneck is a two-year-old monthly devoted to covering the oil and gas industry in Sublette County, Wyoming
Zine Roundup: Sweet simplicity
Since 1992, Dan Price has been publishing a hand-drawn, illustrated zine called Moonlight Chronicles from his tiny, hobbit-style home in a meadow in Joseph, Ore.
Zine Roundup: Gone fishing
A 38-year-old female deckhand who calls herself Moe Bowstern created the zine called Xtra Tuf to explore the turbulent culture of the fishing industry
More Radio Waves
Independent radio series and specials cover community sustainability
Online: Web watchdog
Dave Frazier started the online Boise Guardian in order to keep an eye on local government and rile his fellow citizens
Online: No more talking heads
Jennifer Napier-Pearce uses her own money to produce a Salt Lake City-based podcast called Inside Utah
Waterblogged
Rick Spilsbury, a Western Shoshone Indian, writes bitingly and sometimes hilariously about Nevada’s water issues on his "noshootfoot" blog
The wet Net
John Orr created his "Coyote Gulch" blog to follow Denver-area politics and Colorado water issues
Sleepers
Several magazines and newspapers provide good independent commentary on water in the West, but there is always room for more

Editor's Note

Homegrown news: Money can't buy it
In an introduction to this special issue celebrating independent media, High Country News associate editor Jonathan Thompson recalls the exciting, exhausting, high-caffeine years he spent publishing his own newspaper in a small mountain town

Essays

Our Green Mountain
A writer recalls the adventures he had had in Quincy, Calif., 20 years ago, when he was the youthful editor of a small-town independent paper called the Green Mountain Gazette

Book Reviews

A tribal renaissance
In Blood Struggle, law professor Charles Wilkinson gives an inspiring account of Indians’ political and legal struggles during the last 50 years
What's wrong with the EPA?
David Schoenbrod explains why the nation’s environmental laws are not being properly implemented in Saving Our Environment From Washington: How Congress Grabs Power, Shirks Responsibility and Shortchanges the People
Big yellow taxi — in Duke City
Yellow Cab is anthropology professor Robert Leonard’s poetic account of his after-dark journeys as a cab driver in Albuquerque

Writers on the Range

Leave only footprints, and turn the darn phone off
Cell phones have their uses, but they do not belong in the wilderness

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Bunker home for sale; Utah FastPass spins out; zinfandel loses in California; fear of snakes in Mapleton, Utah; Redi Ripe fruit stickers; fighting tamarisk in California

Dear Friends

Dear friends
High Country News needs your support; visitors; corrections
Dottie Fox, one of the greatest old broads
Dottie Fox, a tireless wilderness advocate and co-founder of the group Great Old Broads for Wilderness, dies after a long fight with cancer

News

Roadless returns!
Judge reinstates Clinton roadless rule
It's shady in the Interior
Interior Department blasted by its own watchdog
Half a Roan for gas, and half for everyone else
Nobody’s happy with BLM’s Roan Plateau plan
Take that nuke waste and shove it
Skull Valley Goshute Tribe’s nuclear-waste storage plan rejected
Free will flounders in the courts
Judges throw out some libertarian ballot measures
The longevity of place and race
Life expectancy in the West
Give us your poor, your uninsured...
Many Westerners live in poverty, but even more lack health insurance
'They both do not exist'
Quote by Wyoming Attorney General Patrick Crank

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