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October 28, 2013

Taking an in-depth look at whether the Colorado River could flow to the sea again, despite one of the worst droughts of the millennium. Plus how dozens of Alaskan schools are closing in small villages, how a fire could help Gila trout make a comeback, zombie survival strategies and more.

Feature

New Hope for the Delta
New Hope for the Delta
During the worst drought in more than a century, the Colorado River may flow to the sea once more.

Editor's Note

A delta reborn in drought
A delta reborn in drought
Even as the Southwest teeters on the edge of a radically drier future, a rare opportunity to revive the Colorado River Delta has emerged in an agreement hashed out between Mexico, the U.S. and some of West's most powerful – and thirsty – water agencies.

Current

Western GOP governors buck their party on Obamacare
Western GOP governors buck their party on Obamacare
How three Western Republicans are defying party ideology by accepting the Medicaid expansion.
The long journey of the Gila trout
The long journey of the Gila trout
Destructive New Mexico fires may have a silver lining for a threatened fish.
Zombies invade the West!
Zombies invade the West!
HCN editors divulge their tactics for surviving the flesh-eating hordes.
Cutting class: Alaskan villages struggle to keep schools open
Cutting class: Alaskan villages struggle to keep schools open
In 15 years, 32 schools have closed because they have fewer than 10 students.
The Latest: Montana puts new limits on renewable energy contracts
The Latest: Montana puts new limits on renewable energy contracts
Small-project owners say the new restrictions will force them to compete with large-scale ones.
The Latest: Woodland caribou are in danger of disappearing from the U.S.
The Latest: Woodland caribou are in danger of disappearing from the U.S.
Environmental groups file suit over caribou habitat.

Uncommon Westerners

O pioneer: A filmmaker explores how we find home in the West
O pioneer: A filmmaker explores how we find home in the West
Los Angeles transplant Vera Brunner-Sung’s first fictional work tackles displacement, transience and belonging in Montana.

Essays

Backcountry culture clashes in the North Cascades
Backcountry culture clashes in the North Cascades
A hunter-backpacker examines the divides between user groups.

Book Reviews

A review of At Home in the West: The Lure of Public Land
A review of At Home in the West: The Lure of Public Land
William S. Sutton photographs “to investigate notions about living in a place.”
Big water, big dreams
Big water, big dreams
A review of The Emerald Mile: the Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko.

Heard Around the West

Let’s all fire our machine guns at once!
Let’s all fire our machine guns at once!
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.

Dear Friends

Fall ‘friendraiser’ and board meeting
Fall ‘friendraiser’ and board meeting
Update from High Country News.

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