Items by Ray Ring
In a country where cigarettes and alcohol kill so many people every year, the argument against medical marijuana is pure hypocrisy.
In this issue's feature story, reporter Marilyn Berlin Snell turns to Navajo guides to understand the challenges facing today's tribal government.
An interview with Ed Bangs, who recently retired from heading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's gray wolf recovery program
Gary Marbut's case for state rights in gun regulations is spreading from Montana to the rest of the country.
A Wyoming farmer's long struggle to find out what's polluting his water gets the attention of the EPA - and inspires reporter Abrahm Lustgarten of ProPublica.
Elling B. Halvorson, the main Grand Canyon air-tour operator, is involved in a great variety of Western businesses.
Grand Canyon air tours are fun, the way Las Vegas is fun, but one of the world’s natural wonders should not be treated like a sideshow.
Has some environmentalists' refusal to compromise helped cause the delisting of wolves in Montana and Idaho?
Obama could give environmental causes a push in the right direction with his choices for new judges, especially in the West.
By insisting on buying goods, especially food, as cheaply as possible, we ignore the hidden and occasionally horrendous costs.
A closer look at Obama's impact on federal judges, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Energy Department and the Forest Service, as well as his administration's approach to science and secrecy.
Obama's nonconfrontational approach to life underlies his slow-but-steady approach to Western environmental issues.
Despite the recent tragedy in Tucson, a sense of community blooms in the West, often in unlikely soil.
High Country News reporter Matt Jenkins gets his boots muddy writing about California's crazy water politics in the Bay Delta.
Oklahoma Republican Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe have a way of riding roughshod over the West's environmental politics.
Oklahoma isn't part of the West, but its two Republican senators have an enormous influence on the region.
Wyoming's popular Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal is carefully staying out of the race between his wannabe successors, Leslie Petersen and Matt Mead.
Right-wingers ousted wilderness-dealmaker Sen. Bob Bennett in the Republican primary, and now anti-wilderness Mike Lee will probably take his place in the Senate.
A Montana populist, Ken Toole, tries to keep his seat on the Public Service Commission, while other key races involve wealthy hunters and the state Supreme Court.
The West has known extremist politics before, but we usually seem to end up tacking pretty close to the center.
Pro-business, semi-green Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick has a good chance of keeping his seat, while Idaho's Republican Party fractures over a loyalty oath.
High Country News' founder, Tom Bell, marks our 40th anniversary with a grim prediction: The West -- and the world -- are doomed.