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October 30, 2017

In this issue of High Country News, long-time contributor Hal Herring explains how immigration policy and a push for cheap labor have changed the economics of forest management. Film critic Jason Asenap examines the history of non-Native directors relying on overused stereotypes of Indigenous people. In a place as complicated as the West, our understanding of what shapes it is ever-evolving.

Feature

The changing politics of woods work
The changing politics of woods work
Cash-strapped agencies use private contractors to the detriment of local communities.

Editor's Note

Where is the forest-restoration economy?
Where is the forest-restoration economy?
The budget-starved Forest Service gives jobs to the lowest bidder instead of local communities.

Current

U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
The two nations are poised to sign an updated water pact to deal with drought.
Can Utah’s centrists provide refuge for the disillusioned?
Can Utah’s centrists provide refuge for the disillusioned?
A new party called United Utah says that it is ‘Practical Not Partisan.’
California ablaze; Las Vegas aftermath; Drying wells
California ablaze; Las Vegas aftermath; Drying wells
HCN.org news in brief.
Latest: More pushback against coal export terminals
Latest: More pushback against coal export terminals
Proposed terminal in Longview, Washington, denied key water permit.
Latest: Klamath farmers lose ‘takings’ lawsuit
Latest: Klamath farmers lose ‘takings’ lawsuit
A judge denies compensation for the 2001 water shut-off to protect salmon runs.
Why a Colorado River reunion with the sea isn’t a guarantee
Why a Colorado River reunion with the sea isn’t a guarantee
To revive a desiccated ecosystem, a U.S.-Mexico agreement looks past ‘pulse flows.’
Gina McCarthy holds out hope on climate policy
Gina McCarthy holds out hope on climate policy
The former head of the EPA isn’t despairing despite Trump administration rollbacks.

Essays

Pledge allegiance to the Earth, not a flag
Pledge allegiance to the Earth, not a flag
Raise up the vulnerable voices of the elderly, impoverished and the wild earth, too.

Book Reviews

Portraits of the protectors of Yellowstone
Portraits of the protectors of Yellowstone
A collection of rangers, scientists and artists pose in a landscape they love.
Why do white writers keep making films about Indian Country?
Why do white writers keep making films about Indian Country?
Try as they might, two new films can’t escape old tropes.

Heard Around the West

Handbook to ranching; pizza-loving bears; high hopes for medical marijuana
Handbook to ranching; pizza-loving bears; high hopes for medical marijuana
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Leaf-peepers aplenty, and welcome to a new staffer
Leaf-peepers aplenty, and welcome to a new staffer
Congratulations to staff members, old and new.

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