Issues

The dark side of dairies
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.
From Corn to Cabernet
From Corn to Cabernet
A burgeoning wine industry could provide a welcome economic boost to farmers on Colorado's Western Slope.
The Most Cooked-Up Catch
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.
Thinking Outside the Timber Box
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.
Let's Get Small
Let's Get Small
Can 'hamster power' -- distributed generation and small-scale renewable energy projects -- save the West, and the world?
Voyage of the Dammed
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.
The Rise of the Minotaur
The Rise of the Minotaur
Bull riding explodes from its rural Western roots to become a modern spectacle along the lines of NASCAR.
Salmon Salvation
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.
Got warriors?
Got warriors?
On Wyoming's Wind River Reservation, Stanford Addison – a quadriplegic Northern Arapaho horse gentler – helps Indian boys through their difficult teenage years.
The Desert That Breaks Annie Proulx’s Heart
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.
Innovate
Innovate
Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking, as this special issue of HCN shows.
How low will it go?
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.
The Half-life of Memory
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.
Non-navigable River Blues
Non-navigable River Blues
An obscure legal ruling muddied U.S. water-protection standards, leaving Western intermittent streams and rivers unprotected.
Blood Quantum
Blood Quantum
Blood quantum – the complicated system that determines membership in most American Indian tribes – could threaten the future survival of those tribes.
What a mess
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.
Out in the cold
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.
Ultimate solution?
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.
Still Howling Wolf
Still Howling Wolf
Ranchers and environmentalists in Wyoming are still squabbling over wolves as the animal bounces on and off the endangered species list.
Prophets and politics
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.