Magazine
A Climate Change Solution?

September 3, 2007

Pete McGrail believes the volcanic basalt that underlies the Columbia River Basin may hold a cure for global warming: carbon sequestration.

Feature

A Climate Change Solution?
Pete McGrail believes the volcanic basalt that underlies the Columbia River Basin may hold a cure for global warming: carbon sequestration.

Editor's Note

Letter imperfect
Some of the more heated responses to Ray Ring’s gun story show a certain ignorance of general constitutional principles, but HCN loves letters and is already looking forward to readers’ reactions to the current issue’s story on carbon sequestration.

Uncommon Westerners

Clean energy activist reflects on corporate influence in New Mexico legislation
Ben Luce is no longer pulling his punches as he battles for clean energy in New Mexico.

Essays

Gunning with the in-laws
Jonathan Thompson learns to love guns – and to fear them even more than he did before.

Book Reviews

Sounding the alarm for nature
In Courage for the Earth, editor Peter Matthiessen gathers 14 essays honoring the life and work of Rachel Carson.
Twenty views of the West
In Best Stories of the American West, Volume I, series editor Marc Jaffe gathers 20 very different stories by 20 very different writers.

Writers on the Range

The good and bad of peak-bagging
Steven Albert – like John Muir before him – loves the thrill of climbing fourteeners, even if it’s sometimes a guilty pleasure.
Are tomorrow’s ghost towns sprouting today?
Alan Kesselheim wonders if rising gas prices and global warming will one day turn our sprawling suburbs into empty ghost towns.

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
Santa Fe coyotes replaced by mountain lions; cat problems in Colorado; bunny restraining order in Oregon; dead snakes bite back; mysterious things in a dead bird’s tummy.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Meet HCN in Salt Lake City; hasta la vista, Gretchen Nicholoff; visitors; Robert Funkhouser dies; correction.

News

A dustup over weed control
Some environmentalists are unhappy about the BLM’s plans to spray herbicides for weed control, but many public-land managers say it’s the only way to tackle the invasion of flammable weeds.
The new land rush
In the Rocky Mountain West, old mining claims are suddenly the newest real estate hot spots.
Border restoration’s odd couple
In southwestern Arizona, the U.S. Border Patrol is working with Cocopah Indians and environmentalists to restore a degraded, crime-ridden wetland called Hunters Hole.

Two Weeks in the West

Two weeks in the West
Coal-mining is always a dangerous business; wild horse problems in Nevada; biofuel boondoggle?; and biofuel bio the numbers.

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