Magazine
The Rise of the Minotaur

May 18, 2009

Bull riding explodes from its rural Western roots to become a modern spectacle along the lines of NASCAR.

Feature

The Rise of the Minotaur
The Rise of the Minotaur
Bull riding explodes from its rural Western roots to become a modern spectacle along the lines of NASCAR.

Editor's Note

Rodeo remains a Western spark
Rodeo remains a Western spark
In the 21st century, rodeo is still thriving – especially in the turbocharged form of the Professional Bull Riding circuit.

Essays

Time to breathe
Time to breathe
Stargazing and geology satisfy the spiritual needs of a Utah writer and teacher.

Book Reviews

The bizarre intersection of humanity and nature
The bizarre intersection of humanity and nature
The short stories in Laura Chester’s Rancho Weirdo revolve around the unexpected interactions of middle-class people with nature.
Western water in the age of climate change
In Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming, and the Future of Water in the West, James Lawrence Powell examines the impact of climate change on the West’s future.

Dear Friends

Stewardship award for HCN
High Country News wins Jane Silverstein Ries Award; former intern Emma Brown gives UC Journalism School commencement address; visitors with heart.
Of moose and mandolins
Of moose and mandolins
High Country News reader and EPA scientist Elaine Lai worked with Native peoples in the Alaskan Arctic on a climate change witness program.

Focus

Paddling toward shore
Paddling toward shore
The Suquamish Tribe is resurrecting the old ways of Northwestern Indians – particularly their traditional canoe journeys – to improve the health of its young people.

Two Weeks in the West

Sci-fi conservation
Sci-fi conservation
Enviros create force-fields around national parks. Also: Recovery Act funds are coming to BLM lands in the Western states.

How it Works

Bring in the cows
Bring in the cows
Ecological consultant Stuart Weiss believes that carefully managed grazing could help save a rare California butterfly from extinction.

Uncommon Places

Science under glass
Science under glass
Researchers are using Arizona’s Biosphere 2 to study how plant communities affect the movement of water.

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