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A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.

  • Reflections on the Wilderness Act at 50

    Reflections on the Wilderness Act at 50

    The concept may need some rethinking, but it's still an important way to preserve some of our most treasured land. Subscribers only

  • Predator politics gets ugly in Idaho

    Under pressure from ranchers, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and other conservatives, Rod Sando resigns from his position as director of Idaho's Department of Fish and Game.

  • Congress goes barmy over the Army

    Congress spends little time examining military requests before giving the OK, even when it comes to training in areas that affect wildlife or destroy ecosystems.

  • The battle for women’s suffrage continues

    The battle for women’s suffrage continues

  • The Tea Party loses one

    The Tea Party loses one

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  • Motorheads gone wild

    Motorheads gone wild

    An off-roading conservationist navigates some gnarly landscape on the road to more protection for the Utah desert. Subscribers only

  • We're prepared to buy back our own land

    We're prepared to buy back our own land

    The federal government created a land-ownership mess for Native Americans, but there is a way out of it.

  • A wild paradox

    A wild paradox

    How we interface with wilderness.

  • New Mexico Greens lose steam

    The recent decline in support for the New Mexico Green Party seems to have no effect on the hopes of its candidates or the anxiety of the state's Democratic party, which sees the Greens as spoilers.

  • Around the West, the hot races to watch

    HCN takes a state-by-state look at the most important elections coming up in the West.

  • Democrats kick back

    An introduction to the special election issue says that voting should be less predictable in the West this year.

  • Bush undermines bedrock environmental law

    The Bush administration says the National Environmental Policy Act needs to be "streamlined," but conservationists say the act is in danger of being "steamrolled."

  • Conservation vote groups optimistic

    Ed Zuckerman of the Federation of State Voter Conservation Leagues says environmentalists should not despair over the recent elections, because grassroots conservation groups did very well at the local level

  • The push is on to privatize federal jobs

    The Bush administration has ordered federal land-management agencies to identify jobs that might be performed more cheaply by the private sector.

  • Coloradan tapped for Interior

    President-elect George W. Bush has nominated former Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton to head the Interior Department, and some environmentalists are worried about her ties to industry.

  • Weirdness abounds in Washington

    His choices of Gale Norton for Interior Secretary and John Ashcroft for Attorney General show that George W. Bush has already abandoned bipartisanship.

  • The power of love, and its opposite

    Activists should be worried because President George W. Bush is surrounded by people who scorn and disdain environmentalism.

  • Bush hits the brakes

    Right after taking office, Pres. Bush put a freeze on Clinton's last new regulations -- the USFS's roadless plan, Mexican owl critical habitat, and other environmental rules -- giving the new administration time to review and maybe overturn them.

  • The environmental movement is a-muddle

    Conservation organizations and activists are suddenly feeling lost and lonely in Washington, D.C., in the new, anti-environmental world of George W. Bush and friends.

  • Republicans undermine a bedrock environmentallaw

    Gayla Benefield of Libby, Mont., is among many fighting to keep the Montana Environmental Policy Act intact in the face of Republican attempts to weaken the far-reaching and powerful law.

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