High Country News January 23, 2012
In Salt Lake City and other Western communities, billboard companies battle local democracy by fighting attempts to regulate the giant signs.
Buying out grazing permits from willing ranchers could help solve conflicts over grazing on public lands.
An elite team of Native American customs agents, the Shadow Wolves use their tracking skills to find drug smugglers on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Wold Oil Properties is a wildcatter - a small company that explores for oil and gas in areas where the fuels aren't known to exist in valuable quantities.
A lawsuit raises questions about how far environmentalists should go to keep wilderness 'untrammeled.'
Capitol Words, a visualization tool, tracks the contents of the Congressional Record, storing frequently used words as searchable data.
Burning down billboards isn't a good idea, but can a citizen fight the corporate power behind the big signs?
High Country News hires Eric Strebel as Web developer and Kati Johnson as circulation assistant; visitors; Holiday Open House; and corrections.
Historian Richard West Sellars didn't intend to spend a career in the Park Service. But after 35 years, his impact still resonates.
Writers on the Range
Photographers and artists -- and scientists, too -- discover that a terrible beauty can be found in ravaged industrial regions.
Anna Solomon's fascinating first novel follows a young Jewish woman from Odessa, Russia, to the hardscrabble prairie of South Dakota in the late 1800s.
Liberty Lanes, Robin Troy's second novel, tracks the lives of a group of senior citizens in a small Montana town.
Though climate change and the economy are the issues threatening their livelihoods, many of the High Plains people are angry at almost everything else.