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  • "To feel at home, stay at home."

    This essays and book reviews in this special issue of High Country News revolve around the question: What does it mean to be at home in the West?

  • 'The last word is action'

    'The last word is action'

    Colorado clean-energy activist Leslie Glustrom sees the eventual decline of coal production as a possible ally.

  • A beautiful ode to a melting earth

    Gretel Ehrlich’s recent book, The Future of Ice: A Journey Into Cold, is an intimate "ode and lament" on global warming and the end of winter

  • A chance for redemption

    The lead essays in this issue find both darkness and hope in the times we live in, and in the reminder that all civilizations – including our own – eventually crumble and fall

  • A fall crop of visitors

    High Country News gets lots of visitors; Paolo Bacigalupi's HCN sci-fi story "The Tamarisk Hunter" is in a new anthology; Utne Reader honors visionaries, including some of HCN's friends.

  • A federal agency tries to hold on to what it's built

    A federal agency tries to hold on to what it's built

    As climate change and water shortages bring an end to the era of dams, the federal Bureau of Reclamation seeks to reinvent itself.

  • A future of big fires and tiny bugs

    A future of big fires and tiny bugs

    A second-generation forest ranger considers how fire prevention and climate change are affecting the forests he once roamed with his father.

  • A glimpse of the past in a grain of pollen

    Montana paleoecologist Cathy Whitlock studies the recent geological past and looks for clues to the future of the West

  • A Hell of an Anniversary

    A Hell of an Anniversary

    High Country News' founder, Tom Bell, marks our 40th anniversary with a grim prediction: The West -- and the world -- are doomed.

  • A message to our grandchildren

    Environmental pioneer Stewart Udall and his wife, Lee, ask their grandchildren to be “steadfast enemies of waste.”

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