High Country News - Current Issue

Caretakers wanted
"The Caretaker Gazette" helps ranchers and homeowners find caretakers and live-in stewards.
Wanted alive
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is distributing posters to ask the public to keep its eyes open for the fast-disappearing boreal toad.
Severed at the hip
A Wilderness Society report shows that Western rural communities are not dependent on the extractive use of nearby public lands.
Big sky or big sprawl?
A recent report says that Montana's rapid sprawling growth is causing traffic problems.
No more cheap thrills
A General Accounting Office report shows the Forest Service is losing millions of dollars a year by undercharging the recreationists that use forest lands.
Pictures and politics`
A review of "Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau" cites beautiful photographs by Jack Dykinga and intriguing text by Charles Bowden.
Is Hanford back in the bomb business?
The Department of Energy is considering using Hanford's research nuclear reactor to produce tritium for nuclear weapons.
Idaho activists win one
A federal judge in Idaho overturns the 1995 conviction of 12 activists charged with violating a road closure in the Cove-Mallard area.
Tepee blockade spurs talks
A Navajo tepee blockade at Mobil Oil Corp. offices near Aneth, Utah, leads to concessions from the company, which activists say has long exploited the reservation without giving anything back to the tribe.
Green groups stick to their guns
A Park Service decision to shoot introduced mountain goats that are endangering plants in the Olympic Mountains receives support from some environmental groups, although many problems remain.
Who shot the wolf?
A male gray wolf reintroduced into the Yellowstone area was found shot and dumped into Montana's Madison River.
Is there oil under Utah's new monument?
Conoco wants to drill one or two exploratory oil wells in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument before its leases expire in November.
Outdoor writer aims to change his culture
A review of Ted Williams' "The Insightful Sportsman" reveals a fiercely independent outdoor writer who is not afraid to upset his fellow hunters.
New job for an owl lawyer
Victor Sher is new president of Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund.
Oregon dam is in limbo
Future of Elk Creek Dam undecided after new ruling.
Judge chastises forest plan defendant
Option 9 Northwest forest planners violated open-meeting laws.
Legal fight is costly
Oregon Natural Resources Council seeking $100,000 to fund its Klamath Basin lawsuit.
Rancher fined for vandalism
McKay Bailey guilty of defacing Glen Canyon petroglyphs.
BuRec downsizes
Bureau of Reclamation moves from Denver, Colo., office to Washington, D.C., as part of overhaul.
Rainbows over Wyoming
Rainbow Family chooses Bridger-Teton Forest for gathering.