A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
Defuse the West
Defuse the West
Public-land employees are easy targets for a violent, government-hating fringe.
Mapping threats on public land
Mapping threats on public land
Intimidation of federal officials is widespread across the West
Roots of rebellion: A forum
Roots of rebellion: A forum
Four experts discuss threats to federal public-lands employees and where we go from here.
How the New West will vote is anyone's guess
Variable voting patterns on the West make it difficult to predict who will win on election day.
Compare the candidates
Democrat Walt Minnick and incumbent Republican Sen. Larry Craig fall into clear party lines in their views on many issues.
Craig: Betting on Idaho's enduring conservatism
Incumbent Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig has a strong conservative and industrial backing.
Can this man break the right's grip on Idaho?
In Idaho, Democrat Walt Minnick, a multimillionaire, former timber executive and environmentalist, mounts a quixotic campaign against Republican Sen. Larry Craig for Senate seat.
Public-lands issues loom large in November
The fate of school-trust lands and other public-land issues divide Democrat Kathy Karpan and Republican Mike Enzi in the race for retiring Sen. Alan Simpson's seat.
Indian gamblers target green lawmakers
In New Mexico, Native American gambling interests fight a battle against environmentalist candidates.
A green state could return to its roots
Democrats hope to make progress in Oregon at both state and national levels.
Moderates may gain in most conservative state
Environmental concerns may help moderates regain ground in Idaho.
Greens prune their message to win the West's voters
Environmentalists join with political consultants to try to find a way to woo fickle Western voters.
Brown air could lead to greener state politics
Republicans seem to be solidly entrenched in Arizona, but some environmentalists see a possible shift in the direction of moderation.
Nevada: Who hates nuclear waste most?
In Nevada, a tight race for Congress has Republican John Ensign and Democrat Bob Coffin arguing over which of them hates the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository the most.
Arizona: Harvesting a bumper crop of bombast
In Arizona, a state with a history of eccentric and sometimes impeached politicians, Democrat Steve Owens challenges colorful Republican congressman J.D. Hayworth.
Skunked Democrats hope to turn the tide
In Washington, Democrats hope to win back the state Legislature that went to Republicans two years ago.
Washington: Greens storm the suburbs
In Washington, environmentalists defeated in the 1992 election scramble to mobilize the suburbs and win back the state's voters.
Montana: For veteran Baucus, it seems to be in the bag
In Montana, Democratic incumbent Max Baucus forges ahead of Republican challenger Dennis Rehberg in the race for the Senate.
California: A 28-year-old talks the talk to green voters
In California, Michela Alioto, granddaughter of former San Francisco mayor Joseph Alioto, offers a green-sounding alternative to Republican incumbent Frank Riggs.
Montana: A scrappy Republican tries to cut down a green Democrat
In Montana's race for the House, mud-slinging Republican Rick Hill tackles a charismatic, Democratic Crow Indian, Bill Yellowtail, whose checkered past includes wife-battering.