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Ray has been a Western journalist since 1979. He's now High Country News senior editor, based in Bozeman, Montana. He's earned national recognition including a George Polk Award for political reporting, a Sidney Hillman Foundation Journalism Award for investigating oil-field accidents, and an Investigative Reporters & Editors scroll for going undercover as a prison inmate. He's had three novels published.
HCN readers get a kick out of their difficult travels in the West.
Happy birthday to HCN’s founder, Tom Bell.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.
A few tourists get close to amazing numbers of bears catching salmon at Alaska's McNeil River Falls.
Our pick of high-end tourism accessories includes a $600K RV and an 87-tool Swiss Army knife.
For decades, insiders have reported problems in the cleanup of our worst nuclear mess — but is anyone listening?