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Political polarization in northern Idaho

Political polarization in northern Idaho May 13, 2013
The political polarization now gripping the United States didn't originate in Washington D.C. It took root in small communities across the country, places that over the last several decades have been populated by people with increasingly homogenous and extreme political views.

For this episode of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's ongoing collaboration with the Paonia-based environmental magazine High Country News, Nelson Harvey asked Sierra Crane Murdoch about her cover story on the radical conservative politics of northern Idaho, and what happens in a place where a single political party has complete control.
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BLM working with Idaho ranchers to fight fires

BLM working with Idaho ranchers to fight fires April 30, 2013
With forecasters calling for another hot and dry summer across the western United States, fire crews are gearing up for a busy season of fighting wildfires on public lands. But some ranchers whose grazing lands are threatened by wildfires aren't content to wait for the firefighters to show up.

For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with the Paonia-based environmental magazine High Country News, Nelson Harvey talked to High Country News editorial fellow Emily Guerin about a group of ranchers in southern Idaho who have taken firefighting into their own hands.
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Environmentalist opposition to renewable energy projects

Environmentalist opposition to renewable energy projects April 15, 2013
The idea of an environmentalist opposing a renewable energy project might sound counter-intuitive, but the upcoming issue of the Paonia-based environmental magazine High Country News has two stories about how that can happen, including one set here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

For this edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's ongoing partnership with High Country News, Nelson Harvey spoke with the magazine's Associate Editor Sarah Gilman about what happens when competing environmental values clash.
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Public lands key to Western identity

Public lands key to Western identity March 18, 2013
It's spring, and with the first taste of warm weather many people get the urge at this time of year to hit the road in search of adventure. So, this week, here's an ode to wild lands.

In the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, our collaboration with the Paonia-based environmental magazine High Country News, KDNK's Nelson Harvey brings you a taste of the magazine's annual Travel Issue. In the issue, Craig Childs writes about his adventures in some of the west's forgotten public lands, and why vast and open places are so important to our sense of western identity.
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Is skiing an endangered sport?

Is skiing an endangered sport? March 4, 2013
On this week's episode of Sounds of the High Country, our regular sneak peek at the upcoming issue of the Paonia-based environmental magazine High Country News, host Nelson Harvey talks to Greg Hanscom, a senior editor at Grist.org, about how climate change is already affecting ski resorts across the west.

Click through to hear Nelson's full length interview with Greg Hanscom, or subscribe to the Sounds of the High Country podcast on iTunes. All of the stories from the latest issue of High Country News are at hcn.org, where you can also subscribe to the print and online editions of the magazine.
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Fallowing farmland to deal with drought: Ray Ring on the San Luis Valley

February 18, 2013
Time now for Sounds of the High County, a new collaboration between KDNK and the Paonia-based environmental magazine High Country News. Twice a month we bring listeners a sneak peak at the upcoming issue of the magazine, and this week, host Nelson Harvey talks to Ray Ring, a senior editor at High Country News.

Farmers in Colorado’s southeastern agricultural mecca, the San Luis Valley, have weathered record drought over the last 10 years. Ray Ring told Nelson about the parched farmers’ innovative new approach to solving their own water problems.

Click through to hear Nelson’s full length interview with Ray Ring, or subscribe to the Sounds of the High Country podcast on iTunes. All of the stories from the latest issue of High Country News are at hcn.org, where you can also subscribe to the print and online editions of the magazine.
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Sounds of the High Country: Gun Control in the West

Sounds of the High Country: Gun Control in the West February 4, 2013
This week, KDNK’s Nelson Harvey talks to High Country News Senior Editor Jonathan Thompson about his upcoming story on how westerners feel about gun control.All of the stories from the latest issue of High Country News are at hcn.org.

To hear the entire interview, listen online or subscribe to Sounds of the High Country on iTunes.
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Sounds of the High Country: Gas Money at Public Universities

Sounds of the High Country: Gas Money at Public Universities January 21, 2013
KDNK is lauching a new collaboration with High Country News, the environmental magazine based in Paonia, Colorado. We're calling it "Sounds of the High Country."

Every two weeks, we'll bring listeners a sneak peak at the upcoming issue of the magazine. We'll pick some of the best stories from the magazine's pages and air interviews with the writers and editors who tell them. The January 21st issue of High Country News is all about environmental education, and this week KDNK's Nelson Harvey spoke with Joshua Zaffos, a journalist whose feature story in the issue highlights how extractive industries are funding an increasing amount of research at public universities across the west.
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