Items by Anna V. Smith

Republicans shy away from town halls
Republicans shy away from town halls
Fleeing shouting matches, some politicians are changing the way they talk to constituents.
Oregon youths get another chance at learning outdoors
Oregon youths get another chance at learning outdoors
Outdoor School tries to give children common ground on conservation.
Spring’s skipped issue, and corrections
Spring’s skipped issue, and corrections
Raven wordplay: Corvus, Corvax and Corax.
Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable
Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable
Elliott State Forest shows the difficult balance between profit and conservation.
Latest: Gray wolves delisted in Wyoming
Latest: Gray wolves delisted in Wyoming
The state will take over management of the species.
HCN gets an editor-in-chief
HCN gets an editor-in-chief
Managing Editor Brian Calvert steps into a new role.
Western court in the crosshairs again
Western court in the crosshairs again
The 9th Circuit Court rules against Trump, and a debate to break it up reignites.
Republicans push to split the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Republicans push to split the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Bills to break up the big Western court have reappeared in Congress.
Latest: Family ordered to pay up for unauthorized grazing
Latest: Family ordered to pay up for unauthorized grazing
The Hages owe more than a half-million dollars.
Growing up in timber country
Growing up in timber country
A writer returns to the old-growth forest of her youth.
A visit from our Bulgarian bureau chief
A visit from our Bulgarian bureau chief
At the HCN headquarters, young poets and seasoned reporters.
An island from the past
An island from the past
Teow Lim Goh’s poetry revisits a dark place in the West’s immigration history.
Visitors, travels and goodbye to a staff member
Visitors, travels and goodbye to a staff member
After nearly a decade at HCN, Tammy York says goodbye.
Latest: Senators aim to revive rural funding
Latest: Senators aim to revive rural funding
In the meantime, states tighten their belts.
Our new interns have arrived
Our new interns have arrived
High Country News is building a new team and correcting old errors.
The Grand Canyon, like you’ve never seen it
The Grand Canyon, like you’ve never seen it
An artist’s connection to the landscape through her paintings.
Revisiting Malheur, one year after the occupation
Revisiting Malheur, one year after the occupation
The wildlife refuge system is more vulnerable than ever.
Western states react to Trump’s immigration travel ban
Western states react to Trump’s immigration travel ban
At least eight Republican Congressmen have broken with their party line in opposition.
Trump’s pick for USDA head mixed on climate change
Trump’s pick for USDA head mixed on climate change
Sonny Perdue’s history shows interest in conservation and big business interests.
Federal hiring freeze hits Western land agencies
Federal hiring freeze hits Western land agencies
It’s not clear what will happen with seasonal hires such as wildland firefighters.
Meet Trump’s Interior, EPA and Energy picks
Meet Trump’s Interior, EPA and Energy picks
What we know from the confirmation hearings for Ryan Zinke, Scott Pruitt and Rick Perry.
The Forest Service relaxes restrictions on recreation
The Forest Service relaxes restrictions on recreation
The permitting change could give guided groups more access.
The story behind New Mexico’s lowriders
The story behind New Mexico’s lowriders
A new collection examines the elaborate cars and their place in Mexican-American culture.
Colorado’s controversial plan to kill predators
Colorado’s controversial plan to kill predators
A study plans to remove mountain lions and black bears to boost mule deer.
Obama’s mixed impact on endangered species
Obama’s mixed impact on endangered species
The administration delisted more species, but ultimately weakened the act itself.
Latest: Invasive zebra mussels have reached Montana
Latest: Invasive zebra mussels have reached Montana
Their arrival could have drastic economic effects.
Second round of Malheur defendants face conspiracy charges
Second round of Malheur defendants face conspiracy charges
Federal prosecutors are moving ahead, despite the first trial’s acquittal.
Obama’s rush to the end
Obama’s rush to the end
Keeping track of rulemaking, policy decisions and other last actions before the Trump administration’s inauguration.
In California caves, a millipede mystery
In California caves, a millipede mystery
A new species in Sequoia National Park reminds scientists of what is yet to be discovered.
See photos of a journey down the Old Rio Grande
See photos of a journey down the Old Rio Grande
Through the lens of the people who lived near and were shaped by the river.