HCN Articles

Why has fashion trumped utility on the trail?
Why has fashion trumped utility on the trail?
Outdoor pursuits now come with a price tag that’s unattainable for many.
A vision for the Navajo Nation in one farm’s sustainability
A vision for the Navajo Nation in one farm’s sustainability
Local businesses keep jobs and money circulating within their communities.
Navajo small businesses help stabilize booms and busts
Navajo small businesses help stabilize booms and busts
To build a sustained community, the Navajo Nation experiments with entrepreneurs.
The Park Service needs to do more to connect
The Park Service needs to do more to connect
The agency has worked so hard to attract white, outdoorsy men that it has trouble going further.
Scandals pile up for Interior secretary
Scandals pile up for Interior secretary
Ryan Zinke faces a range of accusations, and some investigations are underway.
Dear progressives, don’t give up on the small-town West
Dear progressives, don’t give up on the small-town West
Political advice from a Democrat who ran and lost his own campaign for mayor.
The Forest Service’s battle against illegal marijuana farms
The Forest Service’s battle against illegal marijuana farms
Drug cartels on federal land pose enormous environmental and financial costs.
From ‘hallway’ to artery, a town rebuilds Main Street
From ‘hallway’ to artery, a town rebuilds Main Street
Booms and busts withered Farmington, New Mexico, but new initiatives could revitalize it.
A national parks entrance fee hike would erode equity
A national parks entrance fee hike would erode equity
The proposal could deter people from public lands and wouldn’t fix funding issues.
When federal health care falls short, tribes improvise
When federal health care falls short, tribes improvise
A growing number of tribes manage their own clinics and behavioral programs.
Defense wants ‘domestic terrorism’ out of Bundy case
Defense wants ‘domestic terrorism’ out of Bundy case
Public debate over gun rights and extremism hangs over trial.
A water-bottling plant creates a rift in Montana
A water-bottling plant creates a rift in Montana
Opponents say a proposal is tilting Flathead Valley development toward corporate interests.
Myths about rooftop solar are outshining the reality
Myths about rooftop solar are outshining the reality
Falsehoods about net metering have held it back in Western states.
Interior sends mixed signals on California water project
Interior sends mixed signals on California water project
Without agency approval, the Delta tunnels deal can’t proceed — but conflicting statements make next steps uncertain.
A flood of drought news can reduce water use
A flood of drought news can reduce water use
Drought-stricken California conserved more when media coverage spiked.
In memory of those who died in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting
In memory of those who died in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting
Victims of the deadliest shooting in recent U.S. history spanned ages, demographics.
Ski resorts prepare for warmer Northwest winters
Ski resorts prepare for warmer Northwest winters
Shrinking snowpack has led some resorts to use costly, water-intensive snowmakers.
In New Mexico, demographic shifts have helped job growth
In New Mexico, demographic shifts have helped job growth
An influx of immigrants is preventing economic stagnation in the borderlands.
Six bills that weaken species protections move in Congress
Six bills that weaken species protections move in Congress
Lawmakers shift the focus to politics, not science, as a deciding factor of designation.
Shrub-choked wildlands played a role in California fires
Shrub-choked wildlands played a role in California fires
The deadly Wine Country blazes ignited and grew in forests and shrublands.