Items by Paige Blankenbuehler

How many Westerners does the Affordable Care Act cover?
How many Westerners does the Affordable Care Act cover?
As Republicans push Obamacare repeal, Montana stands to lose the most.
West Obsessed: Obama’s region-wide legacy
West Obsessed: Obama’s region-wide legacy
The staff of High Country News discuss the 44th president’s impact on the West’s land, energy and the environment.
How an ‘awakened giant’ used its power on Election Day
How an ‘awakened giant’ used its power on Election Day
In the West, Latino voters did turn out—just not the way analysts expected.
Where will the West’s next national monument be?
Where will the West’s next national monument be?
Bears Ears isn’t the only local effort to get Obama to designate protections before he leaves office.
Defying trends, Wyoming approves a new coal mine
Defying trends, Wyoming approves a new coal mine
Why a small operation is forging forward despite broader industry contraction.
This election season’s unexpected power players: undocumented immigrants
This election season’s unexpected power players: undocumented immigrants
Donald Trump’s rhetoric is sparking a movement to mobilize Hispanic voters.
The shadow following Western political races
The shadow following Western political races
Nevada and Arizona attract the most “dark money” this election.
Our winning writer, and so long to a good friend
The West’s widening healthcare gaps
The West’s widening healthcare gaps
Changing demographics, including an aging rural population, put more pressure on health care systems.
California nixes funding for coal export terminals
California nixes funding for coal export terminals
Governor’s bill blocks transport to markets in Asia.
Latest: NASA determines methane hotspot is from natural gas production
Farewell to a senior editor
Nuclear power divides California’s environmentalists
Nuclear power divides California’s environmentalists
Is the closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant good or bad for the climate?
A community curbs pain pill abuse, but heroin addiction grows
A community curbs pain pill abuse, but heroin addiction grows
Interventions intended to reduce over-prescription of pain medicine may unintentionally be feeding a rise in heroin use in southwest Colorado.
HCN in the classroom
Latest: Obama administration to continue Navajo Nation uranium cleanup
Latest: Obama administration to continue Navajo Nation uranium cleanup
The EPA has already spent $100 million to remediate decades of mining.
See new pictures of the desert’s natural art
See new pictures of the desert’s natural art
In ‘Death Valley: Painted Light,’ the landscape takes on abstract forms.
Meet our new intern and fellows
Report: Coal jobs will decline with or without federal regulations
Report: Coal jobs will decline with or without federal regulations
A new study from the Energy Information Administration finds the Clean Power Plan speeds coal’s decline.
Dispatch from coal country: Advocates and adversaries duel over leasing reform
Dispatch from coal country: Advocates and adversaries duel over leasing reform
In western Colorado, two visions for the future of fossil fuels collide at a BLM listening session.
Retreating glaciers a sign of Alaska’s major meltdown
Retreating glaciers a sign of Alaska’s major meltdown
This summer’s record-breaking temperatures hasten glacier, permafrost melt.
Latest: EPA won’t regulate logging road runoff
Latest: EPA won’t regulate logging road runoff
EPA says the Clean Water Act is enough to ensure stream health.
By the numbers: Western coal mine layoffs
By the numbers: Western coal mine layoffs
Coal mines are scaling back and shutting down — and jobs are disappearing.
Meet the new advocates for the West
Meet the new advocates for the West
A generation of young Western activists are using outdoor sports as a step towards conservation.
A skipped issue, and a farewell to Bill Mitchell
New hydrocarbon estimates put western Colorado on edge
New hydrocarbon estimates put western Colorado on edge
USGS now says the region has the nation’s second-largest reserves, but a flush market means little will change for now.
Farewell to a valuable staff member
El Niño adds fuel to Southwestern fires
El Niño adds fuel to Southwestern fires
In California, Arizona and New Mexico, an underperforming weather pattern increased wildfire risk.
Tracing the West’s heroin highways
Tracing the West’s heroin highways
Illicit drugs move through this region at farther distances and greater speeds.
HCN’s board meeting on the horizon, and a springtime deep clean