Items by Paul Larmer
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.
The West's once-faltering extractive economy is roaring back to life, powered by the energy needs of developing countries like China.
The reservoirs of the West are a far cry from Eastern lakes, especially when it comes to the silt they carry.
High Country News skipped issue; Paul Larmer's son, Zachary, and friends invent "The Caboose," a device that assists the disabled; Amy Goodman visits Paonia; new books by Tracy Ross and Hannah Nordhaus; clarification.