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  • Doctor's Orders: Undam the Klamath

    Doctor's Orders: Undam the Klamath

    Both Indians and whites battle diabetes on the Klamath watershed, where dam building ended the salmon runs that once kept the First People alive.

  • His photographs trace the passage of time

    Photographer Mark Klett has made an art of rephotographing Western landscapes first documented about 100 years ago

  • 'The music of men's lives'

    'The music of men's lives'

    In his new novel, Work Song, Ivan Doig describes the struggle between mine owners and union activists in post-WWI Butte, Mont.

  • The end of Western welfare?

    Paul VanDevelder considers the consequences of “capitalism without a conscience” and predicts the end of free lunches for the West.

  • We’re in a land of Lincoln

    For better and for worse, the West of today was created by Abraham Lincoln and the early Republican Party.

  • Breaking the silence of suicide

    It may seem like a considerable departure for High Country News to write about mental illness and suicide, but as Ray Ring’s deeply personal lead story shows, both tragedies are rooted in the West.

  • My Crazy Brother

    Ray Ring takes a personal, painful look at the West’s suicidal tendencies, as shown in the life and death of his brother, John.

  • Why the West needs Mythic Cowboys

    Jeffrey Lockwood believes that the modern West could use an infusion of old-fashioned Cowboy Mythology.

  • The easy way to purify our geography

    The easy way to purify our geography

    We can't change the names of places that were named for scoundrels, but we can change their namesakes.

  • A visit to a ghost town in San Francisco Bay

    A visit to a ghost town in San Francisco Bay

    The federal government has decided to let the tides take what's left of the San Francisco Bay ghost town known as Drawbridge.

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