A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
Las Vegas’ Pat Mulroy initiated an era of deal-making that may buffer against catastrophic drought.
Politics here consists of hating the East
As the world's great powers meet in Denver and history happens in their countries' capitals, American politicians seem to think of nothing but sex.
Flood bill awash with anti-environmental riders
A flood-relief bill in Congress is infested by riders that could cause tremendous environmental damage if passed.
The Craig bill: Calm down, everybody
The furor over Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's national forest-reforming bill is really much ado about nothing in the rather tame 105th Congress.
Dick Randall, a fighter for the West
HCN honors the memory of Wyoming's Dick Randall, who went from killing coyotes for Animal Damage Control to being the strongest critic of that agency.
Money: the real political organizer
A survey of soft money focuses on Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz and his generosity to the Republican party.
A U.S. senator who shoots from the hip
A flap over the appearance of Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., in Banana Republic clothing ads highlights the interesting character of a man who seems less interested in being a senator than in doing other things.
Montana Legislature 'swirlies' to the right
A slew of bills - some wacky - introduced in Montana's Republican-dominated legislature could weaken environmental protection and anti-discrimination laws.
Demographic shifts and the Native voting block
Demographic shifts and the Native voting block
In 1980, 20 percent of the U.S. population was minority; today, 37 percent is.
Clinton's budget blows off a wilder West
Environmentalists urge President Clinton to budget more money for public lands and conservation in a difficult era of cutbacks and competing causes.
This year, Congress slunk into Washington
In stark contrast to the revolutionary zeal that opened the 104th Congress two years ago, the 105th Congress begins quietly.
Keeping the heart in the center of town
Residents of Red Lodge, Mont., fight to keep their post office downtown.
If politics is a baseball game, I don't even own a bat
Post election musings by a Western Democrat consider why Republicans won so easily and what new strategies environmentalists need to learn.
The West is just another ethnic voting bloc
Westerners vote like everybody else, with just a slight Western twang.
Chainsaw diplomacy
Chainsaw diplomacy
In southern Utah’s Escalante watershed, a river restoration group tries to cut through old cultural barriers.
Should city slickers dictate to trappers?
A columnist says that ballot initiatives designed the way they are in Colorado allow urban areas to dictate to rural areas on sensitive issues like hunting.
... comes after two years of arrested development
The 104th Congress was a roller-coaster ride for environmentalists, as shown by a recap of some the Legislature's highlights.
Congress' 11th-hour moment of maturity...
After an extended display of childishness, the 104th Congress ends by acting more like grown-ups.
She works to save the past
Longtime HCN reader Ann Phillips is an educational consultant turned archaeologist.
The body politic may edge to the left
The under-rated issue of voter turnout may be the key to a shift in Washington politics.