High Country News - Politics Policy

By: High Country News  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Book Reviews, Public Lands

  • Writers on the Range

    The Air Force wants to train pilots by letting them make very low-altitude flights at night in New Mexico and Colorado.

    by Brooke Ann Zanetell, Nov 03, 2011

  • Perspective

    A recent presidential debate in Nevada highlighted the candidates' lack of focus on key Western issues like water, public lands management, and tourism.

    by Ed Quillen, Nov 02, 2011

  • Current

    by Steve Bunk, Nov 02, 2011

  • Current

    by Ray Ring, Oct 31, 2011

  • Letters

    by Robb Cadwell , Oct 25, 2011

  • Letters

    by Charlie Hohn, Oct 25, 2011

  • Letters

    by Mike Welch, Oct 25, 2011

  • Letters

    by John Fleck, Oct 25, 2011

  • Writers on the Range

    Elouise Cobell, who fought to bring justice to American Indians defrauded by the federal government, will be remembered as a great Blackfeet warrior.

    by Paul VanDevelder, Oct 25, 2011

  • Current

    by Judith Lewis Mernit, Oct 24, 2011

  • Feature

    Firefighter Rob Palmer crusades for better emergency medical care in memory of his brother, Andy.

    by Neil LaRubbio, Oct 19, 2011

  • Editor's Note

    It’s a basic fact of Western life that fire rarely behaves the way we want it to.

    by Paul Larmer, Oct 17, 2011

  • Sidebar

    Charts show how Western forests are managed for wildfires, and how much it costs in dollars and lives.

    by Staff, Oct 17, 2011

  • Feature

    by Jodi Peterson, Oct 17, 2011

  • Book Reviews

    In his thorough history, Roger Di Silvestro delves deep into the early life of the future president, particularly his discovery of the West.

    by Martin Connelly, Oct 17, 2011

  • Keywords: Book Reviews, Public Lands

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