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High Country News May 27, 2013

Feature

The power grid may determine whether we can kick our carbon habit

How the huge and fragile network of wires intertwined into our very existence may determine whether we can kick our carbon habit.

Current

Alaska’s populist, Sarah Palin-era oil tax gets the ax

The Alaska Legislature cut the industry’s taxes to boost declining production in the North Slope. But the rollbacks don’t seem likely to have the desired effect.

The West’s Big Data colonies

New "company towns" are born in the rural West -- for Facebook, Google and the like.

Could an Alaska mining project jeopardize Earth’s largest bald eagle gathering?

Scientists studying eagles on the Chilkat River near Haines worry that nearby mineral exploration may threaten a chum salmon run the migrating raptors rely on, possibly with cross-continent consequences.

A Utah realtor’s quest to sell a ghost town

Woodside, Utah, a dusty town with an out-of-service gas station and not much else, is for sale. Mike Metzger’s creative marketing of the oddball property led to a media frenzy, but thus far, no buyers.

The Latest: Quagga mussels invade Lake Powell

There’s still time to combat the invasive, destructive mussels before they colonize the reservoir

Editor's Note

A spark leads to a story

A primer on the inner workings of the electric grid.

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How to avoid unauthorized offers for HCN subscriptions and renewals.

Book Reviews

Sippings of memory: a review of "100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do"

"100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do," Kim Stafford’s memoir of his brother’s suicide, is more heartwarming than depressing

Listening to the secret heart: a review of The Last Shepherd

In "The Last Shepherd," Martin Etchart tells a story of a Basque sheep herding family’s secrets

Book review: Ground/Water: The Art, Design and Science of a Dry River

A review of Ground/Water: The Art, Design and Science of a Dry River, edited by Ellen McMahon, Ander Monson and Beth Weinstein

Essays

War Bird: An essay on robot hummingbirds

Robotic hummingbirds have got nothing on the real thing

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