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Ganjanomics August 08, 2011


The marijuana growers of California's notorious "Emerald Triangle" wrestle with bringing their shadow economy into the light of day.

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The Global West July 25, 2011

The Global West

China's insatiable energy appetite is fueling a natural resource boom in the West.

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Hydrofracked? June 27, 2011


A Wyoming farmer battles industry and bureaucracy trying to find out whether hydraulic fracturing - used in natural gas drilling - polluted his drinking water.

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Under the Flight Path June 13, 2011

Under the Flight Path

An air-tour businessman and Italian developers become deeply enmeshed in the politics of tiny Tusayan, Ariz., part of a plan to profit from the nearby Grand Canyon.

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Wolf Whiplash May 30, 2011

Wolf Whiplash

A strategic miscalculation by environmental groups helped spur the delisting of gray wolves in Montana and Idaho.

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Ripple Effects May 16, 2011

Ripple Effects

On Fort Berthold: Three tribes, a dam, and a diabetes epidemic. | On the Klamath: A settlment to restore rivers and tribes.

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The Westerner in D.C May 02, 2011

The Westerner in D.C

Debbie Sease has spent three decades on Capitol Hill, fighting for the West.

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Muddy Waters April 18, 2011

Muddy Waters

A float down the Lower San Juan teaches surprising lessons about dams, water and silt in the West.

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Big Beef March 21, 2011

Big Beef

Ranchers battle gigantic meatpackers to get a fair price for cattle in a changing economy.

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High Tension March 07, 2011

High Tension

Republicans, Tea Partiers and environmentalists unite against power transmission lines planned for Montana.

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Palin, politics, and predator control February 21, 2011

Palin, politics, and predator control

Alaska's politicians and scientists wrestle over how to manage big game and the predators that prey on it.

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Obama and the West February 07, 2011

Obama and the West

Not everybody is happy, but the Obama administration is making slow but steady progress in dealing with the West's environmental issues.

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Serendipity in the Desert January 24, 2011

Serendipity in the Desert

Kane County, Utah, heart of the Sagebrush Rebellion and an off-road vehicle paradise, is also home to a growing number of environmentalists, hikers and animal lovers.

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California Dreamin' December 20, 2010

California Dreamin'

Will there ever be enough water in California's Bay Delta to satisfy farmers, keep fish alive and quench the thirst of millions of people?

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Toxic Past, Toxic Present December 06, 2010

Toxic Past, Toxic Present

Long-banned pesticides linger in the soils of neighborhoods built on former agricultural land in central Washington.

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Hardrock Showdown November 22, 2010

Hardrock Showdown

In southern Arizona, the Forest Service is debating whether to defy the 1872 Mining Law and stop a controversial copper mine.

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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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