Winning the West

  • Obama's Western ace in the hole

    Jim Messina, who hails from Montana, is the chief of staff for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

  • The debate that won’t happen

    Even though the West is supposed to be a key battleground in this year’s election, so far the presidential candidates have managed to avoid addressing Western issues.

  • Primer 6: Immigration

    Our policies are schizophrenic.

  • Battleground!

    High Country News looks at some of the more interesting political contests unfolding in the West.

  • Primer 5: Wildlife

    How far are we willing to go to accommodate wild creatures?

  • Green and mean

    The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund is building on the strategy it used to boot anti-environmental Republican Congressman Richard Pombo out of office in 2006.

  • Primer 4: Water

    Former HCN publisher concludes that those who live in the West must accept its unpredictability.

  • Primer 3: Recreation

    What is the "highest and best use" of our public lands? Oversight agencies are charged with providing access while protecting land and wildlife; the first step is to provide them with sufficient funding.

  • Primer 2: Energy

    The West's abundant resources below ground have supplied much of the power for the U.S. in the past; are renewables next?

  • Primer 1: Politics

    Something deeper than party lines is at work in Western politics.

  • The Year of Ignorance about the West

    Why don't the presidential candidates and the national media take the trouble to learn something about us?