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  • A desert poet takes his work inside

    A desert poet takes his work inside

    Poet Richard Shelton has run writing workshops in Arizona prisons for more than 30 years.

  • True tests of 'Stay and Defend'

    True tests of 'Stay and Defend'

    Australia’s recent fires may have scorched “Stay and Defend,” a firefighting strategy American Westerners had thought of emulating. Also: Birds are shifting their winter range.

  • Red light, green light

    Red light, green light

    After years of stalemate and fighting, enviros are gaining ground under Obama. Also: Unemployment rates are ranked in the Western states.

  • Don’t trust this Texas billionaire

    T. Boone Pickens is now boosting alternative energy, but Ray Ring trusts him about as far as he could throw a modern-day wind turbine.

  • No news is bad news

    No news is bad news

    The media’s economic crisis is hitting the West particularly hard, with major daily newspapers up for sale. Also: Chicago businessman watches nature via computer.

  • Political guns

    Political guns

    Every winter, Yellowstone park rangers risk their lives dynamiting avalanches so snowmobile tourists can get across Sylvan Pass.

  • The West goes to Washington

    The West goes to Washington

    Barack Obama is bringing Westerners to Washington, including Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to run Homeland Security, and Cabinet picks Ken Salazar, Hilda Solis and Steven Chu.

  • Western wish list for Obama

    Eleven key Westerners speak with HCN about their hopes and worries for an Obama administration.

  • On Obama's coattails

    Western Democrats have reason to celebrate the 2008 election, but the old conservative West has not disappeared.

  • Prophets and politics

    The Mormon Church works to ban gay marriage in California, even as gay people in places like Rexburg, Idaho, come out of the LDS closet.

  • Audio: Politics on planet Idaho

    Audio: Politics on planet Idaho

    Just how bad or good are Idaho's environmental politics? On September 18, High Country News gathered Idaho politicians and environmentalists for a lively exploration of these questions.

  • Democrats borrow from Madison Avenue

    Denver offers an iconic Western backdrop and the message that "this is not your father's party."

  • Obama's Western ace in the hole

    Jim Messina, who hails from Montana, is the chief of staff for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

  • 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.

  • Solar flip-flops and fish stories

    BLM flip-flops on solar and expedites oil and gas; Western Governors’ Association talks about energy; more fossil fuel risks; good (and bad) salmon news.

  • Bears saved from the 'burbs

    Finding room for grizzly bears through the Montana Legacy Project.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Bush administration finally acknowledges reality of global warming; Montana politics; Yucca Mountain 8,000-page application turned in; J.R. Simplot dies; Telluride wins fight over open space.

  • The gospel according to Ron Gillett

    Ron Gillett brings his anti-wolf crusade to the small farming town of Ashton, Idaho.

  • 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.

  • Finding beauty in devastation

    In his richly illustrated book Boy Wonder & the Big Burns, Montana photographer Chris Peterson finds beauty in the aftermath of fire – and in his relationship with his autistic son.

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