40 Years in the West

Reflections on High Country News' long history of award-winning, independent journalism.
An age-old story of the high cost of coal
Coal mine disaster is a stark reminder of the human costs of energy production.
Cows, coyotes and a revelation
Twenty years ago, Ed Marston found reform taking root in the West
Forged on a Rough Frontier
Founder Tom Bell's successors try to strike a chord among a broader audience across the West.
From prom queens to dam dialogue
The Marstons prodded the West to sit down and talk
Out of tragedy, High Country News soldiers on
A devastating car crash in 1978 results in another miracle for the institution
Pack the truck.....we're headed to Colorado
HCN trades small town Wyoming for small town Colorado
Psssst…everyone… jobs in North Dakota.
North Dakota's oil fields are booming….is this 1982 or 2010?
Putting the 40th Anniversary Blog to Bed
HCN is now 41, so it's time to get on with another four decades of reporting and inspiring debate in the West.
Readers wield their fiery pens
One thing hasn't changed in 40 years - HCN readers instigate lively debate
The Crusade Continues
A young couple is tapped to fill a 'big set of Vibrams'
The First Scrappy Years
How High Country News was resurrected ... twice.
The summer the dam almost didn't
A look back to 1983 when the Colorado River almost tore out Glen Canyon Dam
They say it's your birthday
High Country News turns 40.
Tom Bell, Spaghetti Westerns and HCN
40 years ago Wyoming rancher and wildlife biologist Tom Bell set the tone for High Country News
What about Watt?
A look back at James Watt's undoing of Interior
What Tom Bell Had to Say
Candid words from a feisty, cowboy-hat-wearing eco-nut of the '70's.