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Clean Energy's Dirty Secret
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October 26, 2015

How industrial solar and wind are endangering wildlife, plus saving Washington’s wolves and a Colorado ranch that’s also an abbey.

Feature

Green energy’s dirty secret
Green energy’s dirty secret
Industrial solar and wind endanger wildlife but are getting more support than ever.

Editor's Note

Current

Will the Land and Water Conservation Fund rise again?
Will the Land and Water Conservation Fund rise again?
Congress derails the nation’s most successful public access and recreation program.
Washington welcomes wolves back — across deep political divides
Washington welcomes wolves back — across deep political divides
The state’s emphasis on non-lethal control is saving livestock and wolves, but rural residents are still leery.
Where nuns are ranch hands
Where nuns are ranch hands
Colorado’s Abbey of St. Walburga is a spiritual refuge — and a working ranch.
The Latest: Coos Bay natural gas terminal moves ahead
The Latest: Coos Bay natural gas terminal moves ahead
The Oregon terminal got the go-ahead from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The Latest: Park Service takes the reins at Valles Caldera
The Latest: Park Service takes the reins at Valles Caldera
The failed experiment in privatized land management has come to an end.
Fish and Wildlife and integrity, a rental crisis, California homelessness and more.

Essays

In the Mojave, a new relationship with trash
In the Mojave, a new relationship with trash
A new arrival finds traces of what we discard and what we bury deep inside.

Conversation

High Country News: Origins
High Country News: Origins
The first in a series celebrating our 45th anniversary

Multimedia

Agua Pura
Agua Pura
Winners of the HCN reader photography contest

Book Reviews

A marriage of unequals
A marriage of unequals
A review of 'Leaving Before the Rains Come,' Alexandra Fuller’s account of her unsteady arc from Zimbabwe to Wyoming
Photographing Wyoming Prairies
Photographing Wyoming Prairies
A review of ‘Wyoming Grasslands.’

Writers on the Range

Lessons learned, and unlearned, from a life around guns
Lessons learned, and unlearned, from a life around guns
In my family, everyone got a hunting license, and everybody hunted big game.

Heard Around the West

A friend to crows, a foe of climate change and a scourge on man buns.
A friend to crows, a foe of climate change and a scourge on man buns.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Celebrating the harvest and a few fall visitors
Celebrating the harvest and a few fall visitors
Plus, a look at our strategic planning and a correction.

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