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  • Oklahoma vs. the West

    Oklahoma vs. the West

    Oklahoma Republican Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe have a way of riding roughshod over the West's environmental politics.

  • How I ran for a U.S. Senate seat, and what I learned

    How I ran for a U.S. Senate seat, and what I learned

    A first-hand account by a longtime Arizona investigative reporter, John Dougherty, about his surprising Senate campaign.

  • Wyoming: A popular governor gets mysterious

    Wyoming: A popular governor gets mysterious

    Wyoming's popular Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal is carefully staying out of the race between his wannabe successors, Leslie Petersen and Matt Mead.

  • Utah: A Sagebrush Rebel headed for D.C.

    Utah: A Sagebrush Rebel headed for D.C.

    Right-wingers ousted wilderness-dealmaker Sen. Bob Bennett in the Republican primary, and now anti-wilderness Mike Lee will probably take his place in the Senate.

  • Oregon: Tea Party limbo

    Oregon: Tea Party limbo

    John Kitzhaber, champion of land-use planning, is running for governor again -- and the Tea Party has failed to draw much attention.

  • New Mexico: Wolves, wilderness, drilling and Latinos

    Ultra-conservative anti-wolf Steve Pearce wants his old House seat back from Democratic oilman Harry Teague, and the next governor of New Mexico will be a woman.

  • Montana: Utility regs and clean energy up for grabs

    A Montana populist, Ken Toole, tries to keep his seat on the Public Service Commission, while other key races involve wealthy hunters and the state Supreme Court.

  • Lynch-mob politics

    Lynch-mob politics

    It's not the Old West -- it's our guide to this year's Western elections.

  • Washington: Tea Party limbo #2

    A Tea Party loss ironically helps Republican Dino Rossi's effort to unseat Sen. Patty Murray, while conflicting ballot measures seek to raise taxes on wealthy people or choke off all potential tax hikes.

  • Nevada: A hairy ride for Harry

    Nevada: A hairy ride for Harry

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tries gun-play in his battle with Sharron Angle, and former poli-sci prof Dina Titus tries to keep her Nevada House seat out of Joe Heck's reach.

  • Colorado: The West's true swing state

    Colorado: The West's true swing state

    Colorado voters are almost evenly split between Republicans, Democrats and the nonaffiliated, including the Tea Party -- and a Salazar looks vulnerable.

  • California: Dope, eBay, pollution and moonbeams

    California: Dope, eBay, pollution and moonbeams

    California flashes back to the 1970s with campaigns to legalize marijuana and re-elect Jerry Brown as governor, while other key races are also sizzling hot.

  • Arizona: Obama's curse?

    Arizona: Obama's curse?

    When Obama plucked Janet Napolitano out of the governor's seat to run Homeland Security, he surrendered Arizona to the ultra-conservatives.

  • Idaho: How a Democrat wins in the Northern Rockies

    Pro-business, semi-green Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick has a good chance of keeping his seat, while Idaho's Republican Party fractures over a loyalty oath.

  • Once More Unto The Breach

    Once More Unto The Breach

    Controversial guidebook author Michael Kelsey takes a writer into Utah's notorious Black Hole.

  • Dancing with Climate Change

    Dancing with Climate Change

    In California's White Mountains, scientists ponder the fate of beardtongues, bristlecone pines and butterflies in a rapidly warming world.

  • Still Cranish After All These Years

    Still Cranish After All These Years

    A specimen of Homo sapiens sapiens considers evolution and becoming a crane.

  • A Hell of an Anniversary

    A Hell of an Anniversary

    High Country News' founder, Tom Bell, marks our 40th anniversary with a grim prediction: The West -- and the world -- are doomed.

  • Young, All-American, Illegal

    Young, All-American, Illegal

    Young undocumented immigrants thrive in the U.S. -- until they turn 18 and the law cracks down.

  • The Fiery Touch

    The Fiery Touch

    Raymond Oyler is charged with murder and wildfire arson after five firefighters die in California's Esperanza Fire.

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