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November 12, 2012

Is there a way through the Wests's bitter wild horse wars? Also, learning from the Gila wildfire, the "war" on coal, deformed frogs, finding hipsters in Green River, Utah, and more.

Feature

Is there a way through the West’s bitter wild horse wars?
Is there a way through the West’s bitter wild horse wars?
Activists push compromise as the controversial federal mustang management program reaches a breaking point, with more horses in captivity than roam the range.

Editor's Note

The bastard child of the range
The bastard child of the range
Wild horses are a touchy subjects for many Americans; the BLM's complex policies on mustang round-up and maintenance illustrates the point.

Current

Altered amphibians
Altered amphibians
Images of frogs deformed by a parasitic flatworm that flourishes in altered environments.
Costly new geothermal technology could edge out fossil fuels
Costly new geothermal technology could edge out fossil fuels
A new form of geothermal energy has the potential to revolutionize U.S. power production, if costs come down.
What scientists are learning from wildfire in New Mexico
What scientists are learning from wildfire in New Mexico
New Mexico's Gila National Forest is a good natural laboratory for studying the effects of wildfire.
Economics, not environmental regs, are battering coal power
Economics, not environmental regs, are battering coal power
If King Coal wants a boost, it should go after "Drill Baby Drill."
What are a bunch of hipsters doing in Green River, Utah?
What are a bunch of hipsters doing in Green River, Utah?
The young founders of the Epicenter, a social services and design nonprofit, try to overcome the stigma of the well-intentioned outsider.

Essays

Legend of the gray-headed hunter
Legend of the gray-headed hunter
A 60-year-old Oregonian goes deer hunting for the first time

Book Reviews

The violent story of our first national park: A review of Empire of Shadows
The violent story of our first national park: A review of Empire of Shadows
George Black's book details the violent history surrounding Yellowstone National Park.
A review of On Arctic Ground
A review of On Arctic Ground
The book On Arctic Ground: Tracking Time Through Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve, advocates protecting wildlife in the reserve.

Dear Friends

Getting involved with the West
Getting involved with the West
High Country News has a board meeting and schemes for more reader involvement; visitors from around the West.

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