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  • Reclaiming the low country

    Jared Farmer speaks in praise of Utah’s neglected “low country” landscapes – places like Utah Lake.

  • The Mog Squad

    In the quest for the ultimate firefighting machine, the BLM in Nevada has turned to some very big, very strange, and very foreign vehicles.

  • An unlikely Shangri-la

    Steve and Marc Jenson have ambitious plans to turn a failed ski resort near Beaver, Utah, into a private enclave for the ultra-rich, but not everyone is thrilled about the idea.

  • Hostile takeover

    In the Pacific Northwest, scientists reluctantly consider killing barred owls to save increasingly threatened northern spotted owls.

  • A fractured party

    The Grand Old Party will either find a new life – or court self-destruction – in the West today, where moderates and hard-liners are battling over conservation issues.

  • Peace on the Klamath

    For years, Native Americans, fishermen and farmers have battled over the Klamath River in southern Oregon and Northern California, but finally a complicated truce is in the works.

  • Why the West needs Mythic Cowboys

    Jeffrey Lockwood believes that the modern West could use an infusion of old-fashioned Cowboy Mythology.

  • On Cancer’s Trail

    The women in Stefanie Raymond-Whish’s family have a history of breast cancer, and the young Navajo biologist wants to know whether the uranium on the reservation might have something to do with it.

  • Boom! Boom!

    An energy boom of unprecedented proportions is transforming western Colorado towns like Rifle, which just recently recovered from the last big energy boom – and a catastrophic bust.

  • 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.

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