Magazine
Redemption

September 19, 2011

Reclamation, removal, and recovery

Feature

Remediating a Superfund sacrifice zone on Montana's Clark Fork river
Remediating a Superfund sacrifice zone on Montana's Clark Fork river
The town of Opportunity, Mont., is weighed down by pollution from old copper mining and a modern-day river restoration project.
Rebuilding a river as Washington's Elwha dams come down
Rebuilding a river as Washington's Elwha dams come down
How much can we learn from restoring the Elwha River, after the two dams that block it are finally removed?

Editor's Note

Hope and redemption
Hope and redemption
The story of the West is a story of the quest for redemption - not just for individuals, but for an entire landscape.

Uncommon Westerners

Don't tell her she can't: a profile of author Mary Clearman Blew
Don't tell her she can't: a profile of author Mary Clearman Blew
Mary Clearman Blew struck out on her own, leaving rural Montana and a life as a housewife to become a professor and writer.
A part of something old: writer Kim Stafford's storied places
A part of something old: writer Kim Stafford's storied places
Oregon writer Kim Stafford looks for "scattered Edens" in contemporary Western life.
The turn of the wheel: the many lives of writer H. Lee Barnes
The turn of the wheel: the many lives of writer H. Lee Barnes
Nevada writer H. Lee Barnes brings his experiences as a soldier, cop and casino dealer to his gritty short stories and nonfiction.
Cody Cortez: A faux-file of the West's most mysterious writer
Cody Cortez: A faux-file of the West's most mysterious writer
Buddhist cowboy poet Cody Cortez is so elusive it's almost as if he doesn't really exist.

Essays

The mirage of pristine wilderness
The mirage of pristine wilderness
The old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest may not be that old after all - but that doesn't mean they're not big and beautiful.

Conversation

Seeds of atonement: an interview with writer Shann Ray
Seeds of atonement: an interview with writer Shann Ray
Shann Ray's short stories focus on the theme of redemption in the lives of ordinary Western families.

Book Reviews

Fall books for the sweetly socked-in
Fall books for the sweetly socked-in
High Country News lists some of the new and intriguing books of the coming fall season.
Tales of sagebrush and murder: A review of Assumption
In Percival Everett's mystery trilogy, New Mexico Deputy Ogden Walker chases murderers and wrestles with his own complex identity.
Survival and opportunism in Butte: A review of The Richest Hill on Earth
Survival and opportunism in Butte: A review of The Richest Hill on Earth
Richard S. Wheeler's historical novel dramatizes the rivalry between the "Copper Kings" in 19th century Butte, Mont.
Living close to the bone in modern Alaska: A review of Bear Down, Bear North
Living close to the bone in modern Alaska: A review of Bear Down, Bear North
The short stories in Melinda Moustakis' book plunge the reader into the challenging world of contemporary Alaskans.
Stories like a bale unrolling: a review of Conjugations of the Verb To Be
Stories like a bale unrolling: a review of Conjugations of the Verb To Be
Glen Chamberlain's short stories bring to life the people of a fictional Montana town.
No bones about it: two books on the disappearing Everett Ruess
No bones about it: two books on the disappearing Everett Ruess
Two new books tackle the mystery of Everett Ruess, who vanished somewhere in the Four Corners region in 1934.

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