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High Country News October 15, 2007

Cat Fight on the Border

Feature

Cat Fight on the Border

Plans to fence as much as possible of the U.S.-Mexico border could derail the return of rare jaguars to the Southwest.

Editor's Note

Bordering on crazy

The ill-conceived attempt to fence as much as possible of the U.S.-Mexico border will have disastrous impacts on wildlife, including Arizona’s elusive jaguars.

Dear Friends

Dear friends

Visits from a forester, a farmer, a family and more; clarification and corrections.

News

Seeds of change

Land managers working on post-fire restoration in Utah have to battle invasive cheatgrass in their efforts to bring back the native sagebrush.

Eminent domain’s poster children

Ranchers in southeastern Colorado are fighting the Army, which wants to expand its Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site.

Salvaging the atmosphere

The Forest Service jumps into the carbon offsets game even as scientists begin to question whether planting trees can help in the struggle against global warming.

Essays

Nothing out there can be a very good thing

Julianne Couch surveys the vastness of Wyoming’s Adobe Town badlands and hopes that oil and gas drilling does not invade its beautiful emptiness.

RV Nation

On a Western road trip, Evelyn Spence ponders the peculiar names – and increasing numbers – of gigantic RVs.

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West

Glen Canyon Dam’s image problem; riding the SLUT; coal-train pit crews; regulating a very peculiar hallucinogenic plant; poison ivy loves global warming; humongous fungus in Oregon.

Two Weeks in the West

Two weeks in the West

California’s continuing water troubles; saving water for the Delta smelt; New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici to retire; Idaho grizzly shot; polygamous community in the spotlight; Vegas goes a glitzy shade of green.

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