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October 27, 2014

An HCN investigation into violent threats to public-land employees, analysis of the newest movement to return public land management to state government, highlights of the upcoming midterm elections and more.

Feature

Defuse the West
Defuse the West
Public-land employees are easy targets for a violent, government-hating fringe.
Reports from the front lines
Reports from the front lines
Excerpts from official accounts of threats against U.S. Forest Service and BLM employees.
Roots of rebellion: A forum
Roots of rebellion: A forum
Four experts discuss threats to federal public-lands employees and where we go from here.
Related High Country News coverage
Mapping threats on public land
Mapping threats on public land
Intimidation of federal officials is widespread across the West.

Editor's Note

Current

House of Misrepresentatives
House of Misrepresentatives
What would happen to the West's environment if the House of Representatives had its way.
Midterm races to watch
Midterm races to watch
Only a handful of seats are truly up for grabs, including two in the West, and they’re being fiercely contested.
Western states eye federal lands—again
Western states eye federal lands—again
The ultra-right ‘remedy’ for public lands.
The Latest: When wind and solar need reliable backup power
The Latest: When wind and solar need reliable backup power
Western grid operators can now buy backup power on a real-time, open market to smooth intermittent renewables.
The Latest: Sustainable seafood advocates vs. wilderness purists
The Latest: Sustainable seafood advocates vs. wilderness purists
After years of court battles, an oyster company in a national park agrees to shut down.

Essays

The lost navigator
The lost navigator
Before Parkinson’s, my father never needed to consult a road map.

Multimedia

An expedition along the imperiled Rio Grande
An expedition along the imperiled Rio Grande
The river’s future may include longer droughts, larger floods and shrinking snowpack.

Book Reviews

Review of “The Color of Being Born” by Michael Cadieux
Review of “The Color of Being Born” by Michael Cadieux
Paintings that depict the precarious relationship between humankind and the natural world.
Nowhere left to run
Nowhere left to run
Review of “Point of Direction” by Rachel Weaver
The old ennui
The old ennui
Review of “Funny Once” by Antonya Nelson.

Heard Around the West

Pronghorn were shot and left on the side of the road in Wyoming.
Pronghorn were shot and left on the side of the road in Wyoming.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Goodbye Ray Ring — sort of
Goodbye Ray Ring — sort of
A long-time senior editor goes part-time, and HCN gains new board members.

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