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  • Catch 22

    A plan to restore native pikeminnow and sucker to the San Juan River in New Mexico may end up destroying a world-class trout fishery.

  • Farewell, whoopers, Western skies aren't big enough for you

    The last whooping crane west of the Mississippi is dead, and the skies of the West are poorer for the loss

  • Ed Marston to the West: Grow up!

    A profile of Ed Marston, the outgoing publisher of High Country News, describes his path from East Coast physics professor to a small-town Colorado environmentalist publisher unusually sympathetic to ranchers

  • Fenced out of Bush's gated empire

    An anti-war demonstration in Flagstaff, Ariz., leads the writer to consider that our leaders are becoming more and more removed from the people, living and governing in isolation behind high and fortified walls.

  • Small-town determination at 25 percent off

    People of Powell, Wyo., resurrects their own department store.

  • A crossed heritage in the modern West

    How did the Republican Party cease being the party of conservation, and why do Westerners continue to give it their support?

  • From the backcountry to the building zoo

    Robin Pam and Erin Beller remember an adventurous summer spent documenting the historic structures of Yosemite National Park.

  • Boodog roasting on an open fire

    You may not want to try this at home, but Spokane writer Kevin Taylor offers a traditional Mongolian holiday recipe – roasted marmot.

  • Las Vegas: Images in light, images in stone

    Looking for petroglyphs and then watching a light show in Las Vegas, Nev., leads the writer to think that people haven't changed so much over the millennia.

  • The importance of being nowhere

    The writer muses about his good fortune in falling in love with an Arizona landscape that nobody else seems to have noticed.

  • We are the Oil Tribe

    Within the American Oil Tribe, oil matters so much and yet means so little that we refuse to even think about the fact that we are going to run out of it.

  • My ghost town

    The writer remembers childhood vacations spent in the Utah ghost town of Grafton, and mourns a vanishing personal and regional history.

  • Welcome to (your name here), Wyoming

    An auction to sell the former Wyoming boomtown of Jeffrey City leads the writer to muse about other energy boomtowns, such as Gillette and Wright, and how they have become true communities over the years.

  • High Country News: Friend or foe?

    HCN's associate publisher tries to explain why the paper sometimes prints Writers on the Range columns that readers - and even staff - find wrong-headed or foolish.

  • In the house of the grizzly

    A hunter's close encounter with grizzlies in Wyoming breeds respect for the great bear that is the true lord of the forest.

  • The enduring Endangered Species Act

    Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt pushed collaboration as a way to save the Endangered Species Act, an approach that has helped to strengthen this strong and flexible law.

  • New forest chief becomes a lame duck

    Soon after regional forester Brad Powell signed the revolutionary, controversial Sierra Nevada Framework, Forest Service Chief Bosworth transferred him from California to Montana.

  • A former oilman says no to drilling in theArctic

    Writer and geologist Rick Bass calls on the Senate to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from drilling, keeping this extraordinary refuge a true and untouched refuge.

  • The man in the rubber boots

    A day spent helping to "bring in the water" on an irrigation ditch leads the writer to muse about the green landscapes in the dry West.

  • Klamath's federal agencies map differentrealities

    Maps reveal that the Bureau of Reclamation and Fish and Wildlife Service have very different views on water use that have long made it difficult for the agencies to work together.

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