Items by Robyn Morrison
HCN is now 41, so it's time to get on with another four decades of reporting and inspiring debate in the West.
A homegrown consensus effort called the Owyhee Initiative is trying to save both wilderness and ranching in southwestern Idaho – but in the polarized Bush era, consensus is often controversial
The Access Fund says it’s out to prove that climbers care about the environment, but some say that the group’s tactics are no different from any wise-use group’s
Hueco Tanks State Historic Site near El Paso, Texas, had to enact strict regulations governing climbing after the area’s rock art was vandalized
A look at popular climbing areas around the West shows both the problems – and the solutions – inspired by the popularity of rock climbing
Bishop, Calif., is a hot spot for the lively new sport of bouldering, but some fear that the new generation of rock-climbers is short on environmental ethics, treating nature as little more than an outdoor climbing gym
Erie, Colo., one of the country’s fastest-growing communities, is trying to slow development down, with the help of a controversial anti-growth mayor, Barbara Connors.
Michael Brown’s documentary, Dust to Dust, tells the story of Libby, Mont., and the struggle of its people against deadly disease caused by asbestos-laced dust from a vermiculate mine
Residents of Castle Valley, Utah, are working with the state trust lands agency to find a way to preserve open space while also raising more money for schools
In Colorado, a long-dead notion to clear-cut forests to increase water runoff is resurrected in a time of drought.
Poor but coal-rich Delta County, Colo., made history when its county commissioners, responding to a determined citizens' movement, voted to deny four coalbed methane test wells and attach conditions to the drilling of a fifth.
A draft plan by Moffat County, Colo., commissioners to turn over control of 1.7 million acres of federal land to local trustees draws the ire of environmentalist Jon Marvel of the Western Watersheds Project.
The Southern Ute Tribe is upset with Colorado state officials for issuing a permit to allow two coalbed-methane wells to spill polluted water into the Florida River, upstream from the tribe.
Residents of Colorado's San Luis Valley are pleased at the prospect of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument adding the neighboring Baca Ranch and becoming a national park.
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