Items by Krista Langlois

Solace at the end of Homer Spit
Solace at the end of Homer Spit
When I quit my job and joined a pilgrimage of heartbroken dreamers staggering toward Alaska.
For climate activists, a bright spot in a dismal election
For climate activists, a bright spot in a dismal election
Environmentalists in the Pacific Northwest may lead the way.
Virus implicated in starfish wasting disease
Virus implicated in starfish wasting disease
A team of scientists have figured out what’s killing West Coast sea stars, but bigger mysteries remain.
A guide to the new Senate
A guide to the new Senate
What incoming Republican chairs might do for the West.
A young mule stringer helps keep a dying profession alive
A young mule stringer helps keep a dying profession alive
Mules are still needed to carry supplies in wild, roadless mountains.
USGS launches a billion-dollar initiative to map the West in 3D
USGS launches a billion-dollar initiative to map the West in 3D
LIDAR is about to become more widespread -- helping agriculture, pilots and homeowners.
How the West fared in the midterms
How the West fared in the midterms
Summary: It's mighty red out there.
Dispatch from a young farmers confab
Dispatch from a young farmers confab
How better dirt can conserve water, save farming and help feed the West.
The Latest: Sustainable seafood advocates vs. wilderness purists
The Latest: Sustainable seafood advocates vs. wilderness purists
After years of court battles, an oyster company in a national park agrees to shut down.
House of Misrepresentatives
House of Misrepresentatives
What would happen to the West's environment if the House of Representatives had its way.
In campaign ads, emotion trumps fact and guns buy votes
In campaign ads, emotion trumps fact and guns buy votes
What I learned from watching political ads on YouTube two weeks before the midterms.
How to pass a wilderness bill in 2014
How to pass a wilderness bill in 2014
Lessons from southwest Colorado’s Hermosa Creek.
The walrus detectives
The walrus detectives
What's behind the Alaska walrus haul-outs? Everyone's calling climate change, but the truth is, we don't know.
More pesticides are permeating urban streams
More pesticides are permeating urban streams
But rural rivers are getting cleaner, a new study says.
Female firefighters threaten to sue the Forest Service — again
Female firefighters threaten to sue the Forest Service — again
Four decades after the first allegations of discrimination, some say little has changed.
Manmade quakes shake the Southwest
Manmade quakes shake the Southwest
Tremors in Colorado and New Mexico linked to coalbed methane extraction.
Best little bookstores of the West
Best little bookstores of the West
Plus, readers' favorite books about the region.
Best little bookstores of the West
Best little bookstores of the West
Plus, readers' favorite books about the region.
Sweeping new rule for Alaska's predator control
Sweeping new rule for Alaska's predator control
Federal versus state wildlife politics get even hotter.
Former governor Tony Knowles on Alaska's predator policies
The Wilderness Act turns 50 today
The Wilderness Act turns 50 today
High Country News coverage of the evolution of wilderness since 1970.
Zen and the art of wildflower science
Zen and the art of wildflower science
In the Rocky Mountains, a long-term study yields surprises
Grizzlies gain ground
Grizzlies gain ground
Recovery efforts flourish, but challenges still loom.
Alaska’s Senate race and the fate of the West’s public lands
Alaska’s Senate race and the fate of the West’s public lands
Republicans look to Alaska in their bid to overtake the U.S. Senate.
Boreal burning
Boreal burning
Canada's Northwest Territory goes up in flames, releasing massive amounts of carbon.
The prickly pear as California crop
The prickly pear as California crop
Can an overlooked succulent help salvage toxic soils?
Glacier tourists to get a dose of climate education in Alaska
Glacier tourists to get a dose of climate education in Alaska
What a melting glacier can teach cruise ship passengers.
The Latest: 20,000 Utah acres protected from drilling
The Latest: 20,000 Utah acres protected from drilling
A landswap that will keep the oil and gas industry from Desolation Canyon.
Gear companies go local
Gear companies go local
A new crop of manufacturers try to succeed without selling out.
Canada’s boreal forests are burning
Canada’s boreal forests are burning
And releasing loads of carbon.