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  • Rantcast: the desert shoe tree

    Rantcast: the desert shoe tree

    Michael Branch takes his daughters to a tree near their Nevada home, where people leave shoes telling stories.

  • West of 100: Fire & Brimstone

    West of 100: Fire & Brimstone

    The backstory to Emily Guerin's report on the scientific debate over how "normal" severe fire is, and a travelogue from the Gila Wilderness in the wake of this year's massive blaze.

  • West of 100: Droughts past, present and future

    West of 100: Droughts past, present and future

    An oral history of the 1950s drought in West Texas, and a look at what the 2000 to 2004 drought could portend for the future.

  • Rantcast: Bringing back the mammoths

    Rantcast: Bringing back the mammoths

    Mike Branch explores the idea of Pleistocene rewildling, or bringing back the megafauna that roamed North America before humans extinguished them.

  • Rantcast: Puppy love

    Rantcast: Puppy love

    Mike Branch gets a new puppy with very few virtues, but as it turns out, he fits perfectly in Silver Hills, Nevada.

  • A ride with a Bakken water trucker

    A ride with a Bakken water trucker

    Reporter Nicholas Kusnetz rides along with Mike Reynolds, who left his logging business in Washington State to work trucking water to the Bakken's oil fields.

  • "iDemand an iPad App!"

    "iDemand an iPad App!"

    After months of requests from our tenacious subscribers, the HCN iPad app is finally here.

  • The ski industry, climate hawk?

    The ski industry, climate hawk?

    Aspen Skiing Company Sustainability VP Auden Schendler, and professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones on why ski corporations and pro athletes should step up to the climate crisis -- and how they can do it.

  • The West, in pictures

    The West, in pictures

    High Country News showcases a selection of photos submitted to SAGE Magazine, a student-run environmental magazine at the Yale Forestry School. The images include beautiful wildlife photography and poignant illustrations of humans' relationship to the natural world.

  • Rantcast: Bumper sticker sloganeering

    Rantcast: Bumper sticker sloganeering

    Michael Branch spinelessly adapts his environmental bumper stickers to fit in when traveling in rural Nevada's sagebrush rebellion country

  • The Excursions Episode

    The Excursions Episode

    Thought-provoking jaunts to inspire your own Western wanderings this summer: a visit to Utah's Sun Tunnels; a peek into modern hobo culture; and a beginner's guide to hitchhiking.

  • Rantcast: Sorry, Utah

    Rantcast: Sorry, Utah

    Ever found balloon detritus when hiking in a pristine wilderness? Michael Branch rants about the airlifted trash he finds in Nevada's high elevation desert, and then decides to dump some of that trash on Utah.

  • There's (still) gold in them thar hills

    There's (still) gold in them thar hills

    Soaring prices are driving a new gold rush -- among mining behemoths and small-time prospectors.

  • Rantcast: The silence of desert greetings

    Rantcast: The silence of desert greetings

    Michael Branch muses on Mary Austin, desert loners, and why the inhabitants in his arid part of western Nevada choose to limit their interactions to a few choice syllables. Rants from the Hill are Michael Branch's monthly musings on life in rural Nevada.

  • Lost and found waterways

    Lost and found waterways

    Rediscovering the forgotten rivers and streams of Los Angeles and Tucson.

  • The sound of silence

    The sound of silence

    The world is getting noisier. Should we worry?

  • Rantcast: The leprechaun trap

    Rantcast: The leprechaun trap

    Rants from the Hill are Michael Branch's monthly musings on life in rural Nevada. In this Rantcast, Michael Branch muses on holidays and creates a leprechaun trap with his two daughters.

  • A former Green Mountain fire lookout tells his story

    A former Green Mountain fire lookout tells his story

    "Lightbulb" Winders recounts his experiences as the last lookout on Green Mountain.

  • Pronghorn Passage:  Tracking the antelope migration in western Wyoming

    Pronghorn Passage: Tracking the antelope migration in western Wyoming

    Emilene Ostlind and Joe Riis tracked the western Wyoming pronghorn migration for two years. But it wasn't until their final spring that they truly experienced it.

  • A Texas town welcomes dairies; a New Mexico activist fights them

    A Texas town welcomes dairies; a New Mexico activist fights them

    Jana Hughes, of Hobbs, N.M., does not find dairies to be good neighbors. Janet Claborn, of Muleshoe, Texas, has recruited 14 dairies to her town and sees them as an economic development blessing.

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