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  • For Western politicians, roots matter

    In the rural West, how deep a candidate's family roots go -- how long they've lived in the area -- sometimes matters more than his or her experience or political opinions.

  • Who can capture the Forest Service?

    Who can capture the Forest Service?

    The national forests are in such terrible shape that it's worth trying a few experiments in collaborative restoration work.

  • Doing something about 'anything'

    In this issue, Ray Ring offers a top 10 list on the midterm elections and reminds Westerners that the newly empowered Democrats in Congress are still not the sole arbiters of environmental policy

  • Letter imperfect

    Some of the more heated responses to Ray Ring’s gun story show a certain ignorance of general constitutional principles, but HCN loves letters and is already looking forward to readers’ reactions to the current issue’s story on carbon sequestration.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • It tolls for us

    The energy boom in the Rocky Mountain West has been shadowed by a much darker boom: a frightening rise in death and serious injury

  • Eccentricity and wildness

    Eccentricity and wildness

    Western eccentrics are found underwater as well as in the high country.

  • Changing of the editorial guard

    Changing of the editorial guard

    After Editor in Chief Jonathan Thompson leaves, High Country News will be led by Jodi Peterson, Ray Ring and Sarah Gilman; former intern Michael Moss wins a Pulitzer.

  • See you in July

    See you in July

    High Country News skips an issue; visitors; Ray Ring wins prize; correction.

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