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The Rise of Lisa Murkowski October 12, 2015

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.

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Close Ties in Big Landscapes September 14, 2015

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.

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Unlocking the Methane Mystery August 31, 2015

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

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Little Big Bird August 17, 2015

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

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Outflanked August 03, 2015


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: 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


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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