In Living in the Runaway West, the editors of the feisty, award-winning western newspaper High Country News gather an eclectic and gutsy group of westerners, the regionally syndicated Writers on the Range, to tackle the issues of the day.In Living in the Runaway West, the editors of the feisty, award-winning western newspaper High Country News gather an eclectic and gutsy group of westerners, the regionally syndicated Writers on the Range, to tackle the issues of the day.Read Less
Very Good. 1555910483 Remainder mark on bottom edge. From Library Journal The preface of this collection describes its broad-based political essence: "In the public domainDthe more than 500 million acres of land that are the birthright of every AmericanDanother revival of sorts is underway." Compiled from previously published articles in the Colorado-based monthly High Country News, the two-to three-page essays are organized into six categoriesD"Growing Pains, " "Myth Busting, " "Whose Public Domain? , " "Political Turmoil, " "The Nature of the West, " and "Culture Clash"Dand discuss issues currently under debate regarding the New West. In "A Newcomer's Old Story, " for instance, Paul Larmer discusses the "many shades of nativeness" that hold and divide the West. He further states, "The West has always been a place in motion, culturally and biologically." It is this motion that paces the great debates that have evolved, from native tribes, to mountain men, to settlers, to real-estate developers and the people they encompass. In "The Smell of a Forest Healing, " Rocky Barker addresses the use of fire as a management tool to maintain ecosystem integrity. The essays reflect the environmental mission of High Country News and the opinions of a growing population, both within and beyond the New West. Recommended for public libraries and all libraries in the West. DSue Samson, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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