Items by Kate Schimel

Seeking economic health for small towns
Seeking economic health for small towns
A project looks at how communities are faring in rural New Mexico.
West Obsessed: Where climate adaptation is happening
West Obsessed: Where climate adaptation is happening
The president may think climate change is a hoax, but communities across the West are facing reality.
After its dams came down, a river is reborn
After its dams came down, a river is reborn
A look at the Elwha unleashed.
Details emerge on proposed monument cutbacks
Details emerge on proposed monument cutbacks
Interior Secretary Zinke says he will recommend reductions to some monuments, but not eliminations.
West Obsessed: On finding our way in the Anthropocene
West Obsessed: On finding our way in the Anthropocene
How to confront hard truths about climate change and ecocide.
5 things to read about the Yellowstone grizzly delisting
5 things to read about the Yellowstone grizzly delisting
Trump’s Interior Department has announced the bear will no longer receive endangered species protection.
West Obsessed: The March for Science, out West
West Obsessed: The March for Science, out West
After Earth Day, a look at researchers’ economic influence and political sway.
The Yaak Valley’s ‘Dirty Shame’
The Yaak Valley’s ‘Dirty Shame’
In the infamous Montana saloon, a lesson about home in harsh places.
Week in review: February 24
Week in review: February 24
The staff of High Country News shares what they’re reading on state land sales, private prisons and CPAC.
West Obsessed: How pain pills spread in one Colorado town
West Obsessed: How pain pills spread in one Colorado town
The staff of High Country News discuss the cycle of addiction in the rural West.
How to speak securely with High Country News
How to speak securely with High Country News
Facts still matter. We’d love to hear from you.
Latest: Future mining blocked around the Kalmiopsis
Latest: Future mining blocked around the Kalmiopsis
The moratorium will extend for 20 years.
How to love a weird and perfect wilderness
How to love a weird and perfect wilderness
A desolate Oregon landscape offers lessons on the modern wild.
How one tiny high school hacked Advanced Placement classes
How one tiny high school hacked Advanced Placement classes
Paonia High brings college-level coursework to rural students by partnering with its neighbors.
How the Keep it in the Ground movement came to be
How the Keep it in the Ground movement came to be
A look back at a decade of coverage of anti-fossil fuel protests.
Latest: Wyoming drafts a Yellowstone grizzly management plan
Latest: Wyoming drafts a Yellowstone grizzly management plan
The plan could eventually include regulated hunting of the bears.
Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion
Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion
An interactive, year-by-year look at the current insurgency.
Why Westerners die at the hands of cops
Why Westerners die at the hands of cops
Jack Yantis, an Idaho rancher, raised the profile of rural police brutality.
Latest: Investigation proves wild horses were sent to slaughter
Latest: Investigation proves wild horses were sent to slaughter
Management of the West’s wild horses have proved controversial for decades and spawned rumors of maltreatment.
How 2013’s Front Range floods changed the face of the region
How 2013’s Front Range floods changed the face of the region
Two years after floodwaters swept through, many immigrant families are still struggling to rebuild.
Mass shootings in Western states, by the numbers
Mass shootings in Western states, by the numbers
In October, a man opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, leaving 10 dead.
Is Yucca Mountain back on the table?
Is Yucca Mountain back on the table?
Obama mothballed the nuclear waste storage project. Now some Republicans seem determined to bring it back out.
When the wildfire season never ends
When the wildfire season never ends
As fire season gets longer, fire managers scramble to keep up.
Climbing over the edge
Climbing over the edge
Review of "Snowblind: Stories of Alpine Obsession" by Daniel Arnold.
A door squeaks open for rural energy independence
A door squeaks open for rural energy independence
A Colorado co-op just won some freedom from its giant power supplier. Now what?
Western cities ranked by most polluted air
Western cities ranked by most polluted air
Los Angeles and Fresno are worst, Prescott and Bellingham best.
Latest: New air quality regulation for oil and gas operators
Latest: New air quality regulation for oil and gas operators
Wyoming will require companies to retrofit equipment
A film documents two friends on the Sierra trek
A film documents two friends on the Sierra trek
Review of “Only the Essential: A Hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Colin Arisman.
American Indian students in Utah face harsh discipline
American Indian students in Utah face harsh discipline
Research finds they are referred to law enforcement and arrested more than any other group.
More Alaskan forests are burning, not just due to climate change
More Alaskan forests are burning, not just due to climate change
Populated areas are seeing a large increase in wildfire, despite suppression efforts.