Items by Paul Larmer

I hear the train a comin’
Standing up to bullies
Goodbye Ray Ring — sort of
Goodbye Ray Ring — sort of
A long-time senior editor goes part-time, and HCN gains new board members.
Forestry fandango
A wild paradox
A wild paradox
How we interface with wilderness.
What hides in the waters
What hides in the waters
In the rural West, river pollution seems somewhat straightforward, when in reality it’s infinitely complex.
Official lawlessness on the border
Official lawlessness on the border
No agency can be expected to care for the environment if the citizens who empower it don’t pay attention.
Conflict for the sake of conflict
Conflict for the sake of conflict
Cliven Bundy’s Nevada standoff shows we can’t dismiss armed drama, but we should also understand that the issues surrounding gun control point to something deep in America’s philosophical DNA.
A path to an unexpected place
A path to an unexpected place
Gallup’s challenge is to use its nascent recreation economy to benefit the entire community.
A brave and unusual conservationist turns 90
A brave and unusual conservationist turns 90
Happy birthday to HCN’s founder, Tom Bell.
Older and wiser
Older and wiser
Two public lands and grazing stories as much about process and potential as on-the-ground changes.
Restoring the red pulse
Restoring the red pulse
Alaska’s Bristol Bay can teach us how to preserve what we still have and to restore what we’ve lost.
Fall ‘friendraiser’ and board meeting
Fall ‘friendraiser’ and board meeting
Update from High Country News.
Mad about the weather
Mad about the weather
Mad about Weather... and High Country News.
The ever-shrinking West
The ever-shrinking West
Current conservation practices haven't helped the desert tortoise in the Mojave.
The politics of the possible
The politics of the possible
There are hints of progress in the long-lasting stalemate over some of Utah's -- and the world's -- most spectacular landscapes.
Ted Turner: A Good Guy After All?
Ted Turner: A Good Guy After All?
The author of a new biography of one of the West's largest landholders speaks with HCN about conservation, capitalism and Cousteau.
People are very much a part of HCN's environmental coverage
People are very much a part of HCN's environmental coverage
Latino farmworker communities in California's Central Valley suffer from polluted drinking water -- and High Country News can't ignore it.
A spark leads to a story
A spark leads to a story
A primer on the inner workings of the electric grid.
Historic Northwest Forest Plan needs a careful overhaul
Historic Northwest Forest Plan needs a careful overhaul
The Northwest Forest Plan, no 20 years old, faces pressures new and old, with no easy fix in sight.
Taking the park to the people
Taking the park to the people
Saguaro National Park staffer goes outside the park to entice Hispanics in
Drought forces a new era of agricultural water conservation
Drought forces a new era of agricultural water conservation
Whether converting open ditches into pipelines or fallowing fields, farmers and ranchers in the West are being forced to change the ways they use water as climate-induced drought tightens its grip.
Education includes people, naturally
Education includes people, naturally
Today, many educational organizations and institutions offer incredible learning opportunities -- both in the field and the classroom -- for students and non-students to chow down on the West’s meaty issues.
You can't keep a cow from water (or Jon Marvel from grazing issues)
You can't keep a cow from water (or Jon Marvel from grazing issues)
The founder of Western Watersheds Project will retire, but remains vigilant against "welfare ranching."
Getting involved with the West
Getting involved with the West
High Country News has a board meeting and schemes for more reader involvement; visitors from around the West.
Utah's Bob Bennett on the Tea Party, wilderness and life after Congress
Utah's Bob Bennett on the Tea Party, wilderness and life after Congress
The Republican senator got booted from office in the 2010 Tea Party surge, after supporting wilderness legislation. HCN interviewed him about the prospects for public lands bills in the next Congress.
Economic engineering in the New West
Economic engineering in the New West
The West is built on many cooperative and collectivist agreements; Utah's booming economy, boosted by Mormon politics, illustrates how these work.
CU public lands conference turns up a few nuggets
The Center for the American West's public lands conference gathered big names and a few insights
For Western politicians, roots matter
In the rural West, how deep a candidate's family roots go -- how long they've lived in the area -- sometimes matters more than his or her experience or political opinions.
Is the outdoor industry really a green giant?
Is the outdoor industry really a green giant?
The green-leaning $600 billion outdoor industry aspires to be a major conservation player, but so far it's done more talk than walk.