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Dr. No November 08, 2010

Dr. No

Tom Coburn and James Inhofe came to power with the help of Oklahoma's religious conservatives.

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Lynch-Mob Politics October 25, 2010

Lynch-Mob Politics

It's not the Old West, it's our guide to this year's Western elections -- tracking how the rising anger threatens to overcome many voters' moderate streak.

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Dancing with Climate Change October 01, 2010

Dancing with Climate Change

In California's White Mountains, scientists ponder the fate of bristlecone pines and butterflies in a rapidly warming world.

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Migration September 03, 2010


The pull of instinct, season and desire

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A Hell of an Anniversary August 20, 2010

A Hell of an Anniversary

High Country News' founder, Tom Bell, marks our 40th anniversary with a grim prediction: The West -- and the world -- are doomed.

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Young, All-American, Illegal August 16, 2010

Young, All-American, Illegal

Young undocumented immigrants thrive in the U.S. -- until they turn 18, and the law cracks down.

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The Fiery Touch August 02, 2010

The Fiery Touch

Wildfire arsonist Raymond Oyler is tried for murder after five firefighters die in California's Esperanza Fire.

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The Ute Paradox July 19, 2010

The Ute Paradox

The Southern Utes overcame poverty and oppression to become a wealthy and powerful tribe with nationwide energy holdings.

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Immersed in the Wild June 21, 2010

Immersed in the Wild

An "open-water" swimmer describes the exhilarating challenge of swimming for very long distances in very cold water.

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One Tough Sucker June 07, 2010

One Tough Sucker

Human beings are the greatest threat -- and the only hope -- for the Colorado River's razorback sucker.

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Accidental Wilderness May 24, 2010

Accidental Wilderness

Washington's Hanford Site and New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range both hold deadly nuclear contamination -- along with unspoiled landscapes rich in wildlife.

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The Secret Lives of River Guides May 10, 2010

The Secret Lives of River Guides

Every spring, Grand Canyon boatmen meet for an educational seminar -- and a rousing good time.

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Nevada's Pot of Gold April 26, 2010

Nevada's Pot of Gold

Maps and statistics reveal the effects Nevada's gold-mining has on taxes and employment, among other things.

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The Butterfly Sting April 12, 2010

The Butterfly Sting

In a long, nerve-racking undercover operation, a federal wildlife agent brought down one of the world’s most notorious rare-insect traffickers.

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Mobile Nation March 15, 2010

Mobile Nation

Every winter in Quartzsite, Ariz., tens of thousands of RVers form an impromptu community in the desert.

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The War Next Door March 01, 2010

The War Next Door

On the U.S.-Mexico border, the corrupt and futile War on Drugs takes a violent toll on the poorest people.

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Prodigal Dogs February 15, 2010

Prodigal Dogs

Evidence suggests that wolves may have returned to Colorado, and they are here to stay.

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'The environment ... is where we live' February 01, 2010

'The environment ... is where we live'

A group of determined activists in Mountain View, N.M., fights for environmental justice in a poor and polluted neighborhood.

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Breakdown January 11, 2010


California's Westlands irrigation district wants to blame a tiny endangered fish for its water troubles, but the real culprit is simply long-term drought.

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Wind Resistance December 21, 2009

Wind Resistance

When wind turbines threaten his ranch in the Laramie Range, Wyoming oilman Diemer True becomes a born-again conservationist.

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Dueling Claims December 07, 2009

Dueling Claims

A tribal attempt to protect New Mexico’s Mount Taylor spawns a bitter struggle over uranium mining, religious differences and dueling historical claims to an ancient landscape.

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After the Floods November 23, 2009

After the Floods

Thousands of years ago, the Ice Age Floods reshaped the landscape of eastern Washington, along with our knowledge of geology.

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Roadless-less November 09, 2009


Judge Clarence Brimmer is determined to bring down Clinton's roadless forest rule, which has been mired in lawsuits ever since its controversial birth.

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The newest Westerners October 26, 2009

The newest Westerners

Refugees struggle to find a home in an unfamiliar land.

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Silenced Springs? October 12, 2009

Silenced Springs?

A controversial water project planned by Las Vegas threatens the tiny inhabitants of many remote Great Basin springs.

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