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  • 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.

  • Bush brings more green into the green movement

    The Bush administration has been good for environmental groups, at least when it comes to money and membership numbers.

  • Two weeks in the West

    HCN looks at the various problems of Western wildlife, including Northern Rockies wolves, porcupines, fishers, pikas, and more; and Rocky Mountain National Park tests elk for chronic wasting disease and also gives out birth control.

  • 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.

  • Tireless and tenacious storytelling

    Lori Edmo-Suppah works tirelessly to keep the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes informed through the newspaper she edits, the Sho-Ban News

  • 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.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Recent elections in the West show support for land-use planning and “convergence politics”; hunting declines in the West, but Satan keeps busy in Idaho, causing divorces.

  • Tractor politicking

    High Country News talks to Dennis McDonald, the Montana rancher who also leads the state’s Democratic Party.

  • ‘Men standing in the shadows began to weep’

    Writers John N. Maclean and Mark Matthews look closely at two famous – and deadly – Western wildfires in their new books, The Thirtymile Fire and A Great Day to Fight Fire.

  • Just put an asterisk on the whole region

    How do we Westerners love our drugs? Let Ray Ring count the ways.

  • 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

  • Video Interview: Ryan Horsley

    Ryan Horsley talks about Red's Trading Post: its history, his troubles with the ATF, and why he doesn't sell machine guns

  • An alphabetical speed-load of state-by-state gun facts

    The West’s gun laws are an unbelievable hodgepodge, but in general the region is very friendly toward firearms

  • Fatalities in the energy fields: 2000-2006

    At least 89 people died in the energy fields of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming during the last six years

  • Disposable workers of the oil and gas fields

    Without a college degree, work on the oil and gas fields is the best job you can get in the rural West – unless, of course, it kills you

  • Election Roundup

    Ray Ring offers a state-by-state summary of some of the more intriguing election results across the West

  • The West: A New Center of Power

    The West gains traction as a center of power in 2006, and nine more indicators from the midterm elections.

  • Brave 'yellowbellies' served the West well

    In Smoke Jumping on the Western Fire Line, Mark Matthews tells the story of the conscientious objectors who pioneered smokejumping to fight Western forest fires during World War II

  • News from the gas fields

    Roughneck is a two-year-old monthly devoted to covering the oil and gas industry in Sublette County, Wyoming

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