Magazine
Obama and the West

February 7, 2011

Not everybody is happy, but the Obama administration is making slow but steady progress in dealing with the West's environmental issues.

Feature

Obama’s record on Western environmental issues
Obama’s record on Western environmental issues
Not everybody is happy, but the Obama administration is making slow but steady progress in dealing with the West's environmental issues.

Editor's Note

Presidential style
Presidential style
Obama's nonconfrontational approach to life underlies his slow-but-steady approach to Western environmental issues.

Current

Western court scraps intervention restrictions for enviro lawsuits
Western court scraps intervention restrictions for enviro lawsuits
The 9th Circuit Court tosses its "federal defendant" rule, giving interested parties a clearer path for intervening in environmental lawsuits.
A Nez Perce elder spreads love for lamprey
A Nez Perce elder spreads love for lamprey
Nez Perce elder Elmer Crow teaches children and their parents to respect an uncharismatic parasitic fish, the lamprey.
The latest: Biomass emissions
The EPA will not regulate greenhouse gas emissions from biomass facilities for the next three years.
Rural California schoolkids learn from fire-damaged forest
Rural California schoolkids learn from fire-damaged forest
A rural California school builds an innovative curriculum around a nearby forest and the fire that burned it down in 2007.
The latest: NPS' Teresa Chambers
U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chamber returns to her job after being fired for whistleblowing.
Fast Times at California's Petroleum High
Fast Times at California's Petroleum High
A day in the life of the U.S.'s first high school academy devoted to oil production.
County kickbacks
County kickbacks
Western rural county governments often rely heavily on federal funding.

Essays

Plenty of wood in the pile
Plenty of wood in the pile
Nothing says "security" like kind neighbors and a nice big woodpile for the winter.

Book Reviews

Glimpses of the high desert
Glimpses of the high desert
The essays in Ellen Waterston's Where the Crooked River Rises pay homage to her home in the high desert of eastern Oregon.
Reasons to persevere
Reasons to persevere
In his novel, Blind Your Ponies, Stanley Gordon West looks into the heart of a fictional small town in Montana.

Writers on the Range

Religious leaders shouldn't duck their responsibility
Religious leaders shouldn't duck their responsibility
Western religious leaders need to speak out more strongly on the dangers of climate change.

Dear Friends

Welcome, new interns
Welcome, new interns
High Country News welcomes new interns, Nathan Rice and Sierra Crane-Murdoch; visitors, self-reported; corrections.

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