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A recent survey of voters in six western states (click here for survey results), showed that 68% believe that Federal lands belong to all Americans. But, lawmakers in some of those states are hard at work to transfer public lands to state ownership. For this edition of Sound of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with the High Country News, Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with HCN editorial intern Kindra McQuillan about the Land Transfer Movement and a Utah bill that could set a legal precedent across the West. Read McQuillan's story here.
Environmentalists have their work cut out for them these days, struggling to confront threats like global warming, mass species extinction, and the growing human population. In the current issue of High Country News, Ben Goldfarb writes about a tool that could make environmental protection more attractive, even to businesses already responsible for environmental damage. Nelson Harvey spoke with Goldfarb for the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with the magazine. Click here to find Goldfarb's story.
For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with the High Country News, Amy Hadden Marsh talks with contributing editor Josh Zaffos about how profit may be winning over protection of two species of sage grouse that some believe are on their way to extinction. Find Zaffos' story, A Grouse Divided, at hcn.org.
In a recent issue of the environmental magazine High Country News, senior editor Jonathan Thompson explores whether light rail systems can transform the sprawling, car-centric cities of the Western U.S. For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s collaboration with High Country News, Nelson Harvey took a ride on Denver’s light rail to see whether it’s changed his newly adopted city for the better.
Hostility against the Federal government in the West isn’t new. In the October 27th edition of the High Country News, journalist Ray Ring writes that it's time for the west to grow up. Hear about the research Ring did into incidents on the latest episode of Sounds of the High Country.
What if a government agency awarded nearly $300 million worth of work to an unqualified company simply to enrich former colleagues and anger political enemies? In her cover story- Lost in the Woods-for High Country News, investigative reporter Claudine LoMonaco shows that the U.S. Forest Service may have done just that in 2012 with the contract for the Four Forest Restoration Project—also called the Four Fry Project—in Arizona. For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s collaboration with High Country News, Nelson Harvey spoke to LoMonaco about the troubling implications of what she found.
Human caused climate change can seem like an abstract global problem, but when it begins to affect our food supply things get real, real quick. For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s collaboration with the magazine High Country News, Nelson Harvey spoke to author Elizabeth Grossman about how native Alaskan tribes are seeing their wild food sources undermined by a changing climate. He filed this report.
For most people, going out for a hike first requires some amount of driving, which can feel like a Catch-22 for the conservation-minded. In the current issue of environmental magazine High Country News, Craig Childs explores the conflict in his story “Motorheads Gone Wild”. On this edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s collaboration with the magazine, KDNK’s Eric Skalac talked to Childs about the dilemma of the ecological off-roader. You can read Craig Childs’ “Motorheads Gone Wild” at hcn.org. Also find past editions of this podcast at KDNK.org or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
It may not come as a surprise that many Native Americans living on mostly poor, remote reservations in the American West have come to rely heavily on payday loan companies offering cash at high interest rates when money is tight. Yet as Jonathan Thompson reveals in the current issue of High Country News, some tribes have also started getting into the payday lending business themselves, often by partnering with private companies and shielding them from state financial rules.
For this episode of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with the magazine, Nelson Harvey asked Thompson whether these tribes could be mortgaging their futures in exchange for quick cash.
In its quest to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Border Patrol is running roughshod over huge swaths of desert wilderness with complete immunity from U.S. environmental laws. That's what Ray Ring, a senior editor for High Country News, discovered on a recent reporting trip to the border. For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with the magazine, Ring told Nelson Harvey about the tremendous environmental price we're paying at the border, and why it's tough to quantify what we're getting in return.