Magazine
Non-navigable River Blues

February 2, 2009

An obscure legal ruling muddied U.S. water-protection standards, leaving Western intermittent streams and rivers unprotected.

Feature

All Aboard
All Aboard
American railroads -- especially passenger trains -- seem to be at last on the brink of a revival.
Non-navigable River Blues
Non-navigable River Blues
An obscure legal ruling muddied U.S. water-protection standards, leaving Western intermittent streams and rivers unprotected.

Editor's Note

Is America ready for the rails?
More business travelers would choose Amtrak if the trains were faster – or if people could get work done during long journeys.

Essays

Carrying your own load
Carrying your own load
Sharon Levy’s friends, Kerby and Irene, lived off the grid in Northern California and taught her a lot about life.

Book Reviews

Catch him if you can
In The Runner, David Samuels profiles a con man named James Hogue, who duped Princeton University with his invented Western biography.
The darkest element
The darkest element
In Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World, Tom Zoellner tells the story of the radioactive element.

Writers on the Range

Putting our house back in order
Jaime O’Neill hadn’t planned on vacuuming during Inauguration Day, but housecleaning is a good metaphor for the job facing our new president.

Dear Friends

The HCN miracle
The HCN miracle
HCN’s readers pitch in financially; new interns Terray Sylvester, Emily Underwood and Jeff Chen arrive.

Focus

Political guns
Political guns
Every winter, Yellowstone park rangers risk their lives dynamiting avalanches so snowmobile tourists can get across Sylvan Pass.

Two Weeks in the West

No news is bad news
No news is bad news
The media’s economic crisis is hitting the West particularly hard, with major daily newspapers up for sale. Also: Chicago businessman watches nature via computer.

Uncommon Places

Dust to dust
Dust to dust
The western Colorado town of Uravan no longer exists, but its history of radium and uranium mining lives on.

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