Magazine
Sheep v. Sheep

October 1, 2007

Bighorn sheep and longtime sheep ranchers face off in Hells Canyon, where a legal battle over public-lands grazing could cause ripples across the West.

Feature

Sheep v. Sheep
Bighorn sheep and longtime sheep ranchers face off in Hells Canyon, where a legal battle over public-lands grazing could cause ripples across the West.

Editor's Note

Loosening the grazing knot
A showdown in Idaho pits bighorn sheep lovers against longtime sheep ranchers, but if people are willing to work together, this grazing knot can be untied.

Uncommon Westerners

Spinner of yarns, maker of floats
Black George Simmons – an 84-year-old park volunteer with a flair for colorful stories – dishes out root beer floats to anyone who visits his tiny log cabin in Grand Teton National Park.

Essays

What’s it like to live in the West?
What’s it like to live in the West?
Brian Doyle answers the question “What’s it like to live in the West?” with exuberant poetry.

Book Reviews

Portrait of the artist – as many young men
In Flight, Indian novelist Sherman Alexie paints a brilliant, disturbing, compassionate portrait of a gun-toting, time-traveling teenager.

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
Flying fish in Colorado; bears are such slobs; berserk llamas and bad-tempered snakes; poachers behaving badly in New Mexico; your opinion on snowmobiles doesn’t matter; brothels and babies don’t mix; fishing with rat glue in Oregon.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
New HCN employees include Online Editor Marty Durlin and Associate Publisher for Marketing Lisa Wolf Johnson; visitors.

News

Underground movement
In northern Colorado, ranchette owners are scrambling to fight a proposal for uranium mining.
A downside to downing dams?
Removing dams is more a complex experiment than a panacea, as Arizona’s Fossil Creek shows.
My, what a small family tree you have
In the Northern Rockies, gray wolves may be in danger of inbreeding.

Two Weeks in the West

Two weeks in the West
Wilderness bills are coming back to life, especially one that would protect Arizona’s Tumacacori Highlands; a lot of things besides windmills are killing birds.

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