Magazine
The Silence of the Bees

March 19, 2007

Migratory beekeeper John Miller hauls his hives back and forth across the West, pollinating everything from almonds to apples, but a nasty little parasite called the varroa mite and the mysterious, deadly Colony Collapse Disorder are making life much harder for him and his buzzing business partners.

Feature

The Silence of the Bees
The Silence of the Bees
Migratory beekeeper John Miller hauls his hives across the West, pollinating everything from almonds to apples, but a nasty parasite and a mysterious disorder are making life much harder for John and his buzzing business partners.

Editor's Note

Have bee, will travel
This issue of High Country News features Hannah Nordhaus on the challenges facing a Western migratory beekeeper and his hives of pollinating bees.

Uncommon Westerners

Busy as a Buchmann
Ecologist Stephan Buchmann is crazy about bees, and his Tucson-based one-man nonprofit, The Bee Works, is simply buzzing with activity.

Essays

The romance of deceleration
The noisy contrast between snowmobiles and cross-country skis awakens the author to the similar contrast between the life she has always wanted and the one she currently has with her partner, Billy.

Book Reviews

Mortal fear and a state of wild grace
In The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic, Lucy Jane Bledsoe chases her own wild fears across the landscape in search of a state of grace.
Taking the conservation movement to task
Law professor Eric Freyfogle castigates the environmental movement and offers straightforward advice in Why Conservation is Failing and How It Can Regain Ground.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Something’s fishy in California; dolphins do Rambo; big bad wolf wasn’t wild; conspicuous consumption in Boulder; déjà vu all over again in Interior Department; ski bum is dead, long live ski bums; not everything stays in Vegas.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Visitors; Las Vegas writer and historian Hal Rothman dies; farewell to Dolores LaChapelle and Ed LaChapelle

News

Driven to fight
Retired BLM agent Lynell Schalk goes head-to-head with her former bosses over protecting southern Utah’s priceless archaeological sites from off-road vehicle traffic.
Rail out of town
Gov. Schwarzenegger says “Hasta la vista” to a long-planned California high-speed rail line – at least for the moment.

Two Weeks in the West

Two weeks in the West
Western governors go green; King Coal gets hammered; Divine Strake strikes out; Colorado cons on the North Forty; Mother Nature’s bodyguards; Western wagering data; and energy use and Bush approval: a case of eerie symmetry.

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