My High Country News cover story about the Bears Ears national monument proposal has finally entered the inter-tubes. For those of you who prefer reading these long stories in a physical form, the print edition will come out in a couple of weeks. It ended up being an exploration of the complicated and sometimes fuzzy notion of home as much as anything else. I hope it sheds some light on this contentious debate.
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Journalist, editor and writer focusing on the Western United States and its landscapes, communities, and cultures. Creator of Land Desk. Author of "River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster" (Torrey House Press 2018), "Behind the Slickrock Curtain" (Lost Souls Press 2020), and the forthcoming "Sagebrush Empire: A journey into the heart of the public land wars" (Torrey House 2021).
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So many places that your work appears – in directing future fans to it, a rereading third or fourth time it’s somehow even better than the first – maybe I’ve grown. In any case, this will speak to home for many people around the planet while introducing them to our part of this country.