Items by Neil LaRubbio

Dead man working
Dead man working
When Robert Palmer began crusading for better medical care on the firelines in memory of his brother, he realized -- as many reformers do -- that one of the problems lies in the risk-accepting culture of firefighting and other outdoor occupations.
An unworthy opponent
Arizona's giving businesses privacy in environmental audits isn't that big a deal; a little secrecy is not all bad
The itch that riles Frontera author Denise Chavez
The itch that riles Frontera author Denise Chavez
The author and Border Book Festival maven recounts her childhood, her upcoming book, a "mystery love story" and what it's like to run an independent bookstore in the navel of the world.
Friday news roundup: climate action and water wars
Powder River sage grouse nearly gone and prisoner sanity is too
Exchanging for public good
Land trusts turn to land exchanges as the feds run out of money to purchase important properties
Scars of an unfinished ski area
Scars of an unfinished ski area
The proposed Bitterroot ski resort in Montana remains unfinished, entangled in financial and environmental problems.
Catching up on carbon capture projects
Melancholy and the infinite warming
Friday news roundup: solar flares and hoot owls
Fighting miners, farming geoducks and whistling turbines
Fear and loathing in Arizona
Hard lessons from a crackdown on critical thought
Friday news roundup: environmental antiheros and solar booms
A nature library needs a home; Utah fights the feds and new hope for otters
Communities help pay for ecosystem services provided by forests
Communities help pay for ecosystem services provided by forests
Watershed partnerships between communities and the federal government help make ratepayers more responsible for the health of their water supply.
Anger over the lion's share
Seattle port truckers demand better treatment
Friday news roundup: reporter spies and Bryce Canyon coal mine
Housing gets tighter in the Bakken, mountain towns lose water and CAFOs fear terrorists
High Country News welcomes new interns
High Country News welcomes new interns
High Country News welcomes new interns Danielle Venton and Neil LaRubbio; Marian Lyman Kirst is our new editorial fellow; and correction to captive wolves story.
Beyond control
State governments wrestle with locals over the power to regulate oil and gas
Friday news roundup: industry grows and species croak
Utah nuclear plant wins water permit, wolves and bison offered up for hunting and glaciers shrink just a little bit more
Dead man working
In Western work environments, safety’s the toughest pill to swallow
Friday news roundup: Mining ban and river otters
Week's news included lamprey restoration, coal eating bacteria and toxic releases
Lack of medical care on the firelines endangers firefighters
Lack of medical care on the firelines endangers firefighters
Firefighter Rob Palmer crusades for better emergency medical care in memory of his brother, Andy.