Items by Paul Larmer
Latino farmworker communities in California's Central Valley suffer from polluted drinking water -- and High Country News can't ignore it.
Whether converting open ditches into pipelines or fallowing fields, farmers and ranchers in the West are being forced to change the ways they use water as climate-induced drought tightens its grip.
Today, many educational organizations and institutions offer incredible learning opportunities -- both in the field and the classroom -- for students and non-students to chow down on the West’s meaty issues.
The founder of Western Watersheds Project will retire, but remains vigilant against "welfare ranching."
High Country News has a board meeting and schemes for more reader involvement; visitors from around the West.
The Republican senator got booted from office in the 2010 Tea Party surge, after supporting wilderness legislation. HCN interviewed him about the prospects for public lands bills in the next Congress.
The West is built on many cooperative and collectivist agreements; Utah's booming economy, boosted by Mormon politics, illustrates how these work.
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.
The green-leaning $600 billion outdoor industry aspires to be a major conservation player, but so far it's done more talk than walk.
The outdoor-gear industry makes its living off a landscape it claims to love. But when it comes to spending cash for conservation, it hasn’t done much.
The Sonoran Institute's departing founder reflects on 20 years of conservation work and how he developed his approach to protecting land while working with a wide range of stakeholders.
HCN talks with Eric Sanford of SG Interests about the politics of energy development, split estate, and more.
HCN skips issue; board meeting, intern reunion and reader potluck; growing our readership; breakfast in Bozeman; farewell to Ed Quillen; correction.
The sometimes-scruffy remnants of woodland that edge our urban neighborhoods have psychological as well as ecological value.
High Country News skips an issue; update on all things digital; new board members include Rick Tallman of Denver, Sean Benton from Missoula and Wendy J. Pabich of Hailey, Idaho.
Outside Delta, Colo sits yet another rural subdivision that was never completed -- a sign of the West's housing bust and of the difficulty of regulating rural growth.
The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others needs to be seen in the cultural and political context of life in modern Arizona.
Obama isn't the fierce environmental leader many hoped for, but some good things are happening despite right-wing opposition and the ongoing recession.
The Old West-style extractive economy is roaring back to life, powered by the insatiable energy needs of countries like China.