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Of Sparrows and Sodbusters
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September 2, 2013

Western and Mexican conservationists race to save grasslands -- and the species that depend on them. Plus, Idaho's power struggle, community-driven efforts to regulate fracking, and more.

Feature

Idaho Power is waging war on renewable energy. Is it winning?
Idaho Power is waging war on renewable energy. Is it winning?
One of the West's great old-school monopolies and its multi-pronged attack on wind and solar.
Of Sparrows and Sodbusters
Of Sparrows and Sodbusters
Western and Mexican conservationists race against time to save grasslands – and the bird species that depend on them.

Current

Moving on up in the oil patch
Moving on up in the oil patch
Are the West’s energy fields the last bastion of the American Dream?
Front Range drilldown
Front Range drilldown
In the fight over oil and gas regulation, local control gains ground.
New musical celebrates the nation's first openly transgender mayor
New musical celebrates the nation's first openly transgender mayor
‘Stu for Silverton’ debuted this summer in Seattle.
The Latest: Mt. Taylor uranium mines still haunt Navajo communities
The Latest: Mt. Taylor uranium mines still haunt Navajo communities
A permit for an inactive mine may be renewed.
The Latest: Megaloads to Alberta incite protests
The Latest: Megaloads to Alberta incite protests
Trucks winding through Idaho and Montana are still an issue for locals.
Conservation fund turns 50
Conservation fund turns 50
With a $17 billion backlog, this NPS agency needs a funding facelift.

Editor's Note

The Green Tea Party?
The Green Tea Party?
A conservative movement embracing rooftop solar seems to be emerging.

Essays

The story of Gimpy
The story of Gimpy
An injured black bear draws sympathy from the community.

Book Reviews

Exceptional accounts of the ordinary
Exceptional accounts of the ordinary
A review of Middle Men by Jim Gavin
A world of hunger and desire
A world of hunger and desire
A review of A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel
A President in Yellowstone
A President in Yellowstone
A review of A President in Yellowstone: The F. Jay Haynes Photographic Album of Chester Arthur's 1883 Expedition, by Frank H. Goodyear III.

Heard Around the West

What's the nerdiest roadtrip you can think of?
What's the nerdiest roadtrip you can think of?
News of flash floods, radon huffing and more.

Dear Friends

Summer Visitors
Summer Visitors
Senator Michael Bennet and family, among others, visit HCN headquarters.

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