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Granta: The Magazine of New Writing, Issue 128, American Wild

Granta is a British literary magazine published four times a year. The summer issue’s banner reads American Wild. It includes essays, short fiction, poetry and photo essays.

Chasing Wolves in the American West conforms most closely to what one might expect from a Wilderness issue: An Orion-worthy piece on the Mexican grey wolf reintroduction program in New Mexico and Arizona. Adam Nicholson writes an even-keeled piece—not so easy where wolves are involved—which manages to be both a primer on local rewilding and a thoughtful travelogue.

However, for me, the fiction selections were the most absorbing. Diane Cook’s Mast Year is the second story I’ve read this summer about a woman who turns into a tree. In Grandma and Me, by Thomas McGuane, a deadbeat preschool teacher leaves his grandma out in the elements to go for a beer…

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Judge blocks coal leases in Colorado after finding feds failed to tally cost of carbon pollution

Summit County Citizens Voice

The U.S. is the second-largest producer of coal in the world, thanks in part to massive surface mines like this one in Wyoming. Photo courtesy BLM. The U.S. is the second-largest producer of coal in the world. Photo courtesy BLM.

Federal court order also voids part of Colorado roadless rule for National Forest lands

Staff Report

FRISCO — Arch Coal and the U.S. Forest Service will have to start from scratch before they plan any new mining activities in a roadless area near Paonia.

A federal judge this week vacated existing federal approvals for an exploration plan, for lease modifications and a site-specific exemption to the Colorado Roadless Rule, seen by conservation groups as a blatant give-away to the fossil fuel industry.

This week’s order follows up on a June ruling, when U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson said the U.S. Forest Service failed to account for the costs of carbon pollution associated with any new mining activities.

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