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Last chance for the Lobo

December 24, 2007

In Catron County, N.M., an attempt to reintroduce endangered Mexican wolves has fallen into chaos in the wake of political misjudgments, local hostility and problems caused by inbreeding among the wolves.

Feature

Last chance for the Lobo
Mexican Wolves in Catron County, New Mexico struggle to survive in the midst of underfunding, inbreeding, and hostile local ranchers.

Sidebar

The troubled times of the Mexican wolf
A timeline reveals the complicated, ill-fated story of the Mexican wolf in New Mexico.

Editor's Note

Canis fiasco
A chaotic effort to restore Mexican wolves in New Mexico and a problem with too many elk in Colorado are two facets of the same problem: Our propensity to manage nature in very unnatural ways.

Uncommon Westerners

Tireless and tenacious storytelling
Lori Edmo-Suppah works tirelessly to keep the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes informed through the newspaper she edits, the Sho-Ban News

Essays

Boodog roasting on an open fire
Boodog roasting on an open fire
You may not want to try this at home, but Spokane writer Kevin Taylor offers a traditional Mongolian holiday recipe – roasted marmot.

Book Reviews

No ordinary stroll
William deBuys writes poetically and thoughtfully about his own life in New Mexico in The Walk.
Selling empanadas, building a community
In The Empanada Brotherhood, his 11th novel, New Mexico author John Nichols pares his often-overloaded prose to the bone to tell a unique coming-of-age story set in Greenwich Village in 1960.

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
Arborcide outside Las Vegas; repossessing a family; Merry Christmoose in Alaska; interior earthworks in New York; snowplowing on Red Mountain Pass.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
HCN Christmas Open House; visits from a pilot, a vulcanologist, and a group of Rotarians from India; remembering John Firor.

News

A river sacrificed
On Washington's Tieton River, an attempt to help one endangered fish, the spring chinook, has harmed another, the threatened steelhead.
The Promised Land?
In Boulder County, Colo., a megachurch that wants to expand is using a little-known but powerful federal law to bypass local land-use rules.

Two Weeks in the West

Two weeks in the West
Greater sage grouse gets another shot at protection; Colorado River water users ratify new plan; news from around the West; a high-tech “virtual fence” on the U.S.-Mexico border runs into problems.

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