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Home September 14, 2009


How we find it; how we understand it; how we care for it.

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The dark side of dairies August 31, 2009

The dark side of dairies

Milk may have a wholesome image, but the West’s big dairies are not a healthy place for immigrants to work.

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From Corn to Cabernet August 17, 2009

From Corn to Cabernet

A burgeoning wine industry could provide a welcome economic boost to farmers on Colorado's Western Slope.

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The Most Cooked-Up Catch July 27, 2009

The Most Cooked-Up Catch

A "cap-and-trade" program for Alaskan and West Coast fisheries could save fish and take the edge off the dangerous multimillion-dollar fishing derby of the sea.

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Thinking Outside the Timber Box July 20, 2009

Thinking Outside the Timber Box

Loggers and environmental activists are determined to restore Montana’s Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, with or without the help of the Forest Service.

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Let's Get Small June 15, 2009

Let's Get Small

Can 'hamster power' -- distributed generation and small-scale renewable energy projects -- save the West, and the world?

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Voyage of the Dammed June 01, 2009

Voyage of the Dammed

A small band of enthusiasts wants to re-engineer Western waterways with the help of a humble, hardworking professional: the beaver.

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The Rise of the Minotaur May 18, 2009

The Rise of the Minotaur

Bull riding explodes from its rural Western roots to become a modern spectacle along the lines of NASCAR.

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Salmon Salvation May 04, 2009

Salmon Salvation

Obama’s new political order, backed by the legal acumen of Judge James Redden, may help the Northwest’s salmon survive and end the era of the Lower Snake River dams.

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Got warriors? April 27, 2009

Got warriors?

On Wyoming's Wind River Reservation, Stanford Addison – a quadriplegic Northern Arapaho horse gentler – helps Indian boys through their difficult teenage years.

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The Desert That Breaks Annie Proulx’s Heart April 13, 2009

The Desert That Breaks Annie Proulx’s Heart

Writer Annie Proulx takes an unsentimental view of Wyoming’s little-known and somewhat scarred Red Desert.

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Innovate March 16, 2009


Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking, as this special issue of HCN shows.

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How low will it go? March 02, 2009

How low will it go?

If Eric Kuhn is right about the Colorado River, then the state faces a dry and difficult future of fighting for water.

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The Half-life of Memory February 16, 2009

The Half-life of Memory

A writer tries to dig up the buried history of Colorado’s Rocky Flats weapons plant, now home to a controversial wildlife refuge.

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Non-navigable River Blues February 02, 2009

Non-navigable River Blues

An obscure legal ruling muddied U.S. water-protection standards, leaving Western intermittent streams and rivers unprotected.

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Blood Quantum January 19, 2009

Blood Quantum

Blood quantum – the complicated system that determines membership in most American Indian tribes – could threaten the future survival of those tribes.

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What a mess December 22, 2008

What a mess

High Country News examines the Bush administration's effects on the Western environment and considers what can be done to heal the damage.

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Out in the cold December 08, 2008

Out in the cold

When Julene Bair sold the family farm, she severed her lifelong connections with a sense of place and her own childhood.

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Ultimate solution? November 21, 2008

Ultimate solution?

Southern California wants to use desalination to increase its water supply, but critics think the idea should be taken with a grain of salt.

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Still Howling Wolf November 10, 2008

Still Howling Wolf

Ranchers and environmentalists in Wyoming are still squabbling over wolves as the animal bounces on and off the endangered species list.

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Prophets and politics October 27, 2008

Prophets and politics

Type: The Mormon Church works to ban gay marriage in California, even as gay people in places like Rexburg, Idaho, come out of the LDS closet.

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Back to the future October 13, 2008

Back to the future

A long time ago, the earth warmed considerably; now, scientists study fossils to find out what happened – and what it might mean for us today.

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Reclaiming the low country September 09, 2008

Reclaiming the low country

Jared Farmer speaks in praise of Utah’s neglected “low country” landscapes – places like Utah Lake.

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Hot Wheels August 25, 2008

Hot Wheels

In the quest for the ultimate firefighting machine, the BLM in Nevada has turned to some very big, very strange, and very foreign vehicles: Unimogs from Germany and Tatras from the Czech Republic.

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Trouble in (Private) Paradise August 11, 2008

Trouble in (Private) Paradise

Steve and Marc Jenson have ambitious plans to turn a failed ski resort near Beaver, Utah, into a private enclave for the ultra-rich, but not everyone is thrilled about the idea.

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