HCN Articles

Abraham Lincoln and the West
The Civil War included more than just the North and the South. The West was a battleground, too.
Woman on the water
Heather Wylie talks about taking on the feds and floating the L.A. River.
Finding a nuclear waste dump
Judith Lewis speaks with HCN's Marty Durlin about the search for a nuclear waste dump and her latest article, Mountain of Doubt.
Video: Humor in a world gone mad
Video: Humor in a world gone mad
Moab cartoonist Travis Kelly creates political cartoons in order to stay sane.
Off the grid, but not off his rocker
Moab cartoonist Travis Kelly lives in a solar school bus, and creates political cartoons to stay sane.
A word in favor of rootlessness
The author of Rogue River Journal muses on the power of place.
Audio: A BLM insider speaks
Audio: A BLM insider speaks
A former national recreation director talks about the pressures on government employees during the Bush administration.
Audio: Tito Naranjo on the Pueblo world view
A Native American explores the underlying tension with archaeology.
Slideshow: Back to the garden
Slideshow: Back to the garden
Recovering addicts find roots in the soil of New Mexico.
Slideshow: The waiting game
Slideshow: The waiting game
Immigrant day-laborers in Santa Fe wait for jobs -- usually backbreaking work that pays minimal wages -- as the economy continues to slide.
Audio: An unlikely senator goes to Washington
Oregon's Jeff Merkley wants to "change the world" as part of the new majority in the U.S. Senate.
Slideshow: The unflappable Doc Vincent
Slideshow: The unflappable Doc Vincent
In rural western Colorado, a vet tends to pets and their humans. Michelle Nijhuis reads her essay, along with slides by JT Thomas.
Mayberry and Peyton Place
Mayberry and Peyton Place
Public policy has ravaged America's small towns, despite lip service by some politicians.
Audio: Researching Rexburg
Ray Ring talks about his foray into Idaho's Mormon college community.
The fruits of their labor
The fruits of their labor
In Delta County, Colorado, a pilot program sent prisoners to work on three farms during the summer of 2008.
Audio: Politics on planet Idaho
Audio: Politics on planet Idaho
Just how bad or good are Idaho's environmental politics? On September 18, High Country News gathered Idaho politicians and environmentalists for a lively exploration of these questions.
Video: Still howling wolf
Video: Still howling wolf
The passionate and complicated feelings people have about living with wolves in the Northern Rockies.
The great giveaway
The great giveaway
The BLM hurriedly releases six proposed resource management plans for 11 million acres of public land in Utah, leaving little time to respond.
One species versus 1.8 million others
One species versus 1.8 million others
Susan Tweit sees the growing tally of roadkill as a sign that there are too many humans threatening ecological balance.
Clean coal is an oxymoron
Clean coal is an oxymoron
Greg Gordon says Montana's governor, Brian Schweitzer, may sound like a populist, but he's beholden to King Coal.