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Vegan food may not be as “vegan” as you think
Vegan food may not be as “vegan” as you think
Plant-based food processing collides with the ugliest side of animal production.
A look at Gold Butte, Nevada, two years after the Bundy standoff
A look at Gold Butte, Nevada, two years after the Bundy standoff
Surveyors found illegal cattle grazing, defaced petroglyphs and ditch-digging.
An argument against internet access in parks
An argument against internet access in parks
Tethered by their devices, “younglings” of today don’t want to camp.
What the Clean Power Plan means for you
What the Clean Power Plan means for you
The U.S. Court of Appeals will hear arguments on the federal carbon plan in the coming weeks.
Where the Clean Power Plan will have the most impact
Where the Clean Power Plan will have the most impact
The federal rule would intensify an existing trend toward clean energy.
How this year’s general election repeats history
How this year’s general election repeats history
The messy 2016 presidential election echoes deeply flawed candidates of the past.
A couple living off-the-grid fought water law — and won
A couple living off-the-grid fought water law — and won
The decision could upend a Colorado rule that goes back 150 years.
New allegations of sexual harassment in Yosemite, Yellowstone
New allegations of sexual harassment in Yosemite, Yellowstone
Once again, Congress grills the National Park Service over the lack of action.
Burner of Land Management
Burner of Land Management
It takes year-round planning to host 70,000 people in one of the planet’s harshest environments.
Lessons from the fire line
Lessons from the fire line
Reminiscing on a half-century in the forest.
West Obsessed: How to fix a broken rural healthcare system
West Obsessed: How to fix a broken rural healthcare system
The staff of High Country News discuss the solutions small towns are trying to patch up their healthcare.
The shadow following Western political races
The shadow following Western political races
Nevada and Arizona attract the most “dark money” this election.
Washington state implements rule to combat climate change
Washington state implements rule to combat climate change
State Department of Ecology unveils initiative to cap and reduce the carbon pollution.
How for-profit detention persists in the West
How for-profit detention persists in the West
Federal policy changes only go part of the way in dismantling private immigrant detention.
Chasing the rarest bumblebee in the world
Chasing the rarest bumblebee in the world
A group of Oregonians searches for the disappearing Franklin’s bee.
West Obsessed: After 100 years, the national parks have hit some road bumps
West Obsessed: After 100 years, the national parks have hit some road bumps
The staff of High Country News talk about the challenges the Park Service faces.
How the Dakota pipeline protest is spreading Westwide
How the Dakota pipeline protest is spreading Westwide
The protests are fueled by a diverse array of causes, from tribal sovereignty to fossil fuel dependence.
What we’re reading about the Bundy trial in Oregon
What we’re reading about the Bundy trial in Oregon
A guide to making sense of the courtroom drama, as the trial begins.
For the first time, U.S. and Mexico take stock of the underground water they share
For the first time, U.S. and Mexico take stock of the underground water they share
The two countries have tried for years to thoroughly assess aquifers along the border.
If you can’t beat the weeds, eat them
If you can’t beat the weeds, eat them
How nature — and marmots — thwarted a plan for an urban garden.