Issues

The Gold King Reckoning
The Gold King Reckoning
The long history behind the Animas River spill. Plus, a moss mystery in Portland and environmental upset at California agencies.
A Land Divided
A Land Divided
A landmark legal ruling is starting to put the splintered pieces of Indian Country back together. Plus, a look at the small herds that could be bison's big step forward and developers aim to make money on Grand Canyon's popularity.
Making Sense of Malheur
Making Sense of Malheur
The mess at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge requires a closer look to understand the larger forces at play. Plus, a silver lining on the California drought and a snapshot of the election season.
The Parks You Don't Know
The Parks You Don't Know
As the National Park Service's centennial looms, High Country News takes a trip through the West, to uncover some lesser-known parks, consider the stories they tell, and meet the people behind the scenes.
Fractured
Fractured
In the West's argument over fracking, it matters less what's said than who says it. Plus, a dry future for Central Valley farming and new research into the past comes from packrat middens.
Sagebrush Insurgency
Sagebrush Insurgency
Meet the new Sagebrush insurgents, a well-connected and well-armed network of malcontents bent on delegitimizing the federal government. Plus, how a landmark water agreement fell apart, and the legal case for climate action.
The Forever War
The Forever War
Why Wildlife Services continues to kill predators, despite decades of research on nonlethal methods. Plus, how the public could pay for coal cleanup and a look at Malheur's quieter moments.
Secrets of the Deep
Secrets of the Deep
The researchers digging up mysteries of the ocean in Nevada's desert, plus death by cop and gun control in the West. Cover illustration: Shonisaurus popularis and Californosaurus perrini, depicted by Boise illustrator Todd Marshall.
Good Neighbors
Good Neighbors
Why researchers are studying a group of Southwestern ranchers to learn about sharing, plus a look at the long road to protected habitat for the murrelet and the West's disappearing fire lookouts.
Water Hustle
Water Hustle
Meet the men on trial for profiting off the Southwest's drought in the latest issue of High Country News. Plus, the architects redesigning L.A. and the attorneys general taking things into their own hands.
The Campaign Against Coal
The Campaign Against Coal
D.C. correspondent Elizabeth Shogren travels through coal country to find where ‘keep it in the ground’ meets ‘keep the lights on.’ Plus a look at El Niño in the West, oil and gas compromises in Moab and more.
Clean Energy's Dirty Secret
Clean Energy's Dirty Secret
How industrial solar and wind are endangering wildlife, plus saving Washington’s wolves and a Colorado ranch that’s also an abbey.
The Rise of Lisa Murkowski
The Rise of Lisa Murkowski
Lisa Murkowski, the senator from Alaska, alternates between diplomat and bulldog in her rise to the top, plus the Pope on climate change, immigrants after the Front Range floods, and more.
Close Ties in Big Landscapes
Close Ties in Big Landscapes
Our special once-a-year Books and Essays issue, focusing on community and connection. Sarah Gilman finds that closeness means survival in the harsh, vast spaces of Mongolia as well as in the American West. Ana Maria Spagna describes how Maidu Indians came together to reclaim a sacred California valley from a utility company. Plus book reviews and profiles of authors like Erika T. Wurth, Mitchell S. Jackson and Lucia Berlin.
Unlocking the Methane Mystery
Unlocking the Methane Mystery
Senior editor Jonathan Thompson digs into the mysterious methane cloud above the Four Corners region, plus Montana farmers take on climate change and archaeologists try to save the Arctic’s disappearing treasures. Cover: Storm clouds hang over the natural gas processing plant at Lybrook, New Mexico, one of the centers of natural gas production in the Four Corners region. Photo by Jim Caffrey
Little Big Bird
Little Big Bird
How the greater sage grouse became the center of the largest experiment in the history of the Endangered Species Act, sea lions eating salmon, apiaries of non-native bees on federal lands, and more. Cover photo by Doug Dance Nature Photography
Outflanked
Outflanked
A series of stories about the way we think about wildfire in the West. Plus, a vanishing Rio Grande fish may foretell the river's fate; the Supreme Court wants the EPA to consider the costs of new regulations as well as health benefits; and more.
Shredded
Shredded
SHREDDED: Will a growing, technologically evolved army of thrill seekers overrun every corner of the West? Cover Photo: Day seven of a hut-to-hut mountain biking trip from Telluride, Colorado, to Moab, Utah. By Sergio Ballivian
Dust to Dust
Dust to Dust
Why the rare earths industry is about to bust in the American West, fracking-induced earthquakes, revival of a Montana mining town, and the sage grouse two-step. Cover image: Massimo Brega/The Lighthouse/Science Source
Tree of Life
Tree of Life
How genetic research on common species could be the key to saving the greatest number of plants and animals. Also, a bull trout comeback, innovations in agricultural water leasing and an ode to morel hunting. Cover Image: Original illustration by Bryce Gladfelter.