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Outflanked August 03, 2015

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.

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Shredded July 20, 2015

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

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Dust to Dust June 22, 2015

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

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Tree of Life June 08, 2015

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.

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Monument Man May 25, 2015

Monument Man

A profile of Washington, DC, insider John Podesta, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and a contentious diversion on the Gila River.

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The Wetland Wars May 11, 2015

The Wetland Wars

Environmentalists battle to save urban wetlands in Los Angeles, an obscure legal provision becomes a new Sagebrush Rebellion tactic, and labor victories in Western cities.

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Lost frontier April 27, 2015

Lost frontier

Tucson rainwater revolution, the Bakken boom closes in on a national park, a look at the West’s drought, and more.

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Strangers in a Strange Land April 10, 2015

Strangers in a Strange Land

Strangers in a strange land: the HCN annual travel issue. Cover image: A giant aluminum alien stands outside the Alien Research Center along Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway, by Finnish tourist Teemu Tuuloskorpi.

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Wild Ride March 16, 2015

Wild Ride

Lessons from the fossil fuel boom and bust in New Mexico, rock snot stream ecology, water delivery in rural Navajo communities and more.

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Unite and Conquer March 02, 2015

Unite and Conquer

Profile of the former Las Vegas water czar Pat Mulroy, solutions to rampant dust in Owen’s River Valley, community solar comes of age in the West, and more.

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Chainsaw Diplomacy February 16, 2015

Chainsaw Diplomacy

A long-standing dispute in Utah’s Escalante watershed comes to a head, wastewater spills in North Dakota oilfields, a statistician looks at the future of the shale oil boom, and more.

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This Land is Their Land February 02, 2015

This Land is Their Land

Public land access problems frustrate hikers and hunters; why greens are mad at the California governor; how balanced rocks can help us predict earthquake risk; explorations in an urban wilderness.

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What Are We Thinking? January 12, 2015

What Are We Thinking?

A High Country News special issue on the future of environmental ideas.

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The Dust Detectives December 22, 2014

The Dust Detectives

New research from dust experts, non-native goats in the La Sal Mountains, new drone laws, Navajo Nation presidential election and more.

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The Great Salmon Compromise December 08, 2014

The Great Salmon Compromise

A massive compromise to save Columbia Basin salmon, Gunnison sage grouse gets protection, pet tortoises still threaten wild ones, and a fresh look at wolves’ impacts on Yellowstone.

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Transportation Transformation November 24, 2014

Transportation Transformation

How light rail could transform Phoenix, the man who invented floating island to revive an ecosystem, and the tough questions that crude-filled trains raise in the Pacific Northwest.

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Fallout November 10, 2014

Fallout

Timberland herbicide spraying sickens a community in Oregon, a look at why the current drilling boom is more sensitive to price fluctuations than its predecessors, California's sweeping new groundwater regulations, a desert-friendly cow and more.

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Defuse the West October 27, 2014

Defuse the West

An HCN investigation into violent threats to public-land employees, analysis of the newest movement to return public land management to state government, highlights of the upcoming midterm elections and more.

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Charles Bowden's Fury October 13, 2014

Charles Bowden's Fury

A profile of the late Charles Bowden, the Southwest's strongest voice. Plus, utilities experiment with real-time response in the Pacific Northwest, and an obsessive flash flood chaser improves forecasting in Utah.

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Books & Essays September 15, 2014

Books & Essays

Our annual Books & Essays special issue is out, packed with feature essays, author profiles, new books and a fall reading list.

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Lost in the Woods September 01, 2014

Lost in the Woods

The Forest Service struggles with its biggest restoration project yet, fireflies are rediscovered in Utah, California drought and more.

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Alaska's Uncertain Food Future August 18, 2014

Alaska's Uncertain Food Future

Climate change threatens food security in parts of Alaska, Colorado’s fracking fight, prickly pears are farmed in California, a coal mine expansion is halted in a surprising climate court case, and more.

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Idaho's Sewer System August 04, 2014

Idaho's Sewer System

The Snake River is used as a sewer system for Big Ag in Idaho, temperature predictions for Western cities in 2100, women in the legislature and potential protection for wolverines in an era of climate change.

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On the Wild Edge July 21, 2014

On the Wild Edge

Reflections on wilderness at 50, Craig Childs riding with motorheads in Utah, and what a historic moment for the Clean Air Act means for climate.

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River of No Return June 23, 2014

River of No Return

A close look at Seattle’s embattled Duwamish Waterway and the superfund cleanup that has the chance to bring it back to life, tribes get in the payday lending game, divers explore underwater national park treasures, and more.

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