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  • Pillaging the Past

    Craig Childs explores the fine line that separates archeology from grave-robbing in the American Southwest.

  • Taking to the Trees

    After conquering rocks, trails and mountains, weekend warriors have found a new hobby: Climbing the West’s big trees.

  • My Crazy Brother

    Ray Ring takes a personal, painful look at the West’s suicidal tendencies, as shown in the life and death of his brother, John.

  • Seeking the Water Jackpot

    The Navajo Nation is determined to finally claim its rightful share of the Colorado River after 86 years of being left out of the region’s water politics.

  • The People of the Sea

    California’s Salton Sea is at a crossroads, but whether it dries up and blows away or is restored and rejuvenated, the future does not look bright for its resident renegades, retirees and recluses.

  • Reluctant Boomtown

    A copper-mining company is courting Superior, Ariz., but the former mining town – now re-inventing itself as a modest tourist haven – is unsure whether it really wants a new marriage with extractive industry.

  • Unnatural Preservation

    Public-land managers in the era of global warming face uncomfortable choices: Do they intervene to protect dying plants and animals, or stand back and let this new version of “nature” take its course?

  • A political speech the West needs to hear

    High Country News imagines – and delivers – the kind of speech about our energy future that the West needs to hear from its next president.

  • Last chance for the Lobo

    Mexican Wolves in Catron County, New Mexico struggle to survive in the midst of underfunding, inbreeding, and hostile local ranchers.

  • Rebels with a Lost Cause

    The fiercely conservative lawyers of the Sagebrush Rebellion continue to fight against environmental regulations, but despite all their sound and fury, very little has changed on the public lands.

  • Beetle Warfare

    Scientists unleash a new weapon in the fight against invasive tamarisk – a tiny exotic beetle from Kazakhstan.

  • L.A. Bets on the Farm

    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – the West’s most powerful water agency – uses a shrewd blend of Wall Street tactics and rural diplomacy to keep the water flowing to L.A. and its environs.

  • The Last Ride

    Longtime hitchhiker Dev Carey tells Michelle Nijhuis about some of his best – and worst – adventures on Western highways.

  • Cat Fight on the Border

    Plans to fence as much as possible of the U.S.-Mexico border could derail the return of rare jaguars to the Southwest.

  • Sheep v. Sheep

    Bighorn sheep and longtime sheep ranchers face off in Hells Canyon, where a legal battle over public-lands grazing could cause ripples across the West.

  • Facing the Yuck Factor

    As population growth and climate change stress the region’s water supplies, Westerners think hard about recycling their effluent, although some worry about the possibly harmful endocrine disrupters found in cleaned-up effluent.

  • A Climate Change Solution?

    Pete McGrail believes the volcanic basalt that underlies the Columbia River Basin may hold a cure for global warming: carbon sequestration.

  • Bonfire of the Superweeds

    In Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, good intentions are responsible for the introduction of exotic buffelgrass – but all the good intentions in the world may not be enough to save the desert now that this invasive and fire-prone plant is spreading

  • Guns R Us

    Westerners have always been deeply in love with their firearms, and gun-shop owners like Ryan Horsley are determined to make sure that nothing comes between them

  • Hydrogen Highway Revisited

    Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to save the planet through hydrogen power, but critics say the notion is just hot air

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