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  • 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.

  • The Ute Paradox

    The Ute Paradox

    The Southern Utes overcame poverty and oppression to become a wealthy and powerful tribe with nationwide energy holdings.

  • Immersed in the Wild

    Immersed in the Wild

    Edwin Dobb's cold swims in San Francisco Bay, Puget Sound and other Western waters bring him into contact with whales and other aquatic wildlife, as well as hidden currents and storms.

  • Bloody Mystery Lingers in the Desert

    Bloody Mystery Lingers in the Desert

    The unsolved murder of rancher Robert Krentz adds to the already-high tension along the Arizona-Mexico border.

  • One Tough Sucker

    One Tough Sucker

    Human beings are the greatest threat -- and the only hope -- for the Colorado River's razorback sucker.

  • Accidental Wilderness

    Accidental Wilderness

    Washington's Hanford Site and New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range both hold deadly nuclear contamination – along with unspoiled landscapes rich in wildlife.

  • One Way to Save the Wolf? Hunt It.

    One Way to Save the Wolf? Hunt It.

    Montana wildlife managers say the state's first wolf hunt has been a success -- for both the hunters and their prey.

  • The Secret Lives of River  Guides

    The Secret Lives of River Guides

    Every spring, Grand Canyon boatmen meet for an educational seminar -- and a rousing good time.

  • Nevada's Golden Child

    Nevada's Golden Child

    Hardrock mining's outsized political power in Nevada may finally be eroding, thanks to state budget woes.

  • The Butterfly Sting

    The Butterfly Sting

    How a federal wildlife agent brought down one of the world's most notorious insect thieves.

  • March Madness in Indian Country

    March Madness in Indian Country

    Basketball provides a bright spot in reservation life.

  • Gary Nabhan remembers Stewart Udall

    Gary Nabhan remembers Stewart Udall

    Gary Nabhan remembers influential conservationist and former Interior secretary, Stewart Udall.

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