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Roadless-less

November 9, 2009

Judge Clarence Brimmer is determined to bring down Clinton's roadless forest rule, which has been mired in lawsuits ever since its controversial birth.

Feature

Roadless-less
Roadless-less
Judge Clarence Brimmer is determined to bring down Clinton's roadless forest rule, which has been mired in lawsuits ever since its controversial birth.

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Editor's Note

Power politics, conservation style
Power politics, conservation style
In this issue, Ray Ring takes a hard look at the behind-the-scenes politicking that helped create Clinton’s roadless forest rule.

Current

Gone in 60 seconds
Gone in 60 seconds
Despite auctioneer Peter Stremmel's enthusiasm, the Western artwork sold at this year's Coeur d'Alene Art Auction in Reno didn't bring very high prices.

Uncommon Westerners

Return of the pod man
Return of the pod man
Arizona farmer Mark Moody raises mesquite trees for food and furniture.

Essays

The kindness of hunters
The kindness of hunters
After a lifetime of despising and fearing guns, a woman is blindsided by the everyday kindness shown by two hunters.

Book Reviews

For farmers, small is beautiful
For farmers, small is beautiful
In Deeply Rooted, Lisa M. Hamilton introduces the reader to three small farmers who are bucking the trend toward industrial agribusiness.
'Yes' to desire and an end to fear
'Yes' to desire and an end to fear
Charles Bowden's new book, Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing, reiterates the bad news of today but declares that times are changing.

Dear Friends

How big should we be?
The September board meeting raised questions about how big HCN should be; artists and activists visit us.

Two Weeks in the West

Interior scandal: Rated G(reen)
Interior scandal: Rated G(reen)
Recent scandals at the Interior Department – this time involving environmentalists – pale in magnitude (and luridness) compared to the agency's dalliances with industry.

Evidence

Metalpalooza '09
Metalpalooza '09
Metals mining is making an unexpectedly dramatic comeback in the West.
Is the BLM practicing unsafe CX?
Is the BLM practicing unsafe CX?
The Bureau of Land Management used a large number of "categorical exclusions" to streamline permitting for oil and gas development.

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