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  • No more ignoring the obvious: Idaho sucks itself dry

    Overpumping has drained Idaho's Snake River acquifer until rivers like the Big Lost run dry.

  • Nevada Water Forum

    Findings of Nevada Water Forums are published.

  • This boom will end like all the others - in a deep, deep bust

    The history of small towns in the West has always been a cycle of booms and busts.

  • Whose fault? A Utah canyon turns deadly

    The deaths of two hikers in Utah raise legal and ethical questions about risk and responsibility.

  • How Colorado's hunters lost 90 acres to 300 prisoners

    The Delta Correctional Facility was given unrestricted use of 91 acres in the Escalante State Wildlife Area in Colorado.

  • Colorado's prison slayer: One man's quest to unshackle a rural economy

    Small businessman Tom Huerkamp fights the building of prisons in the rural West and looks for other ways to generate an economy.

  • Dear friends

    High Country News intern program, Paonia, Colorado, Andrea Appleton, Rob Inglis, Emily Steinmetz

  • Peace on the Klamath

    For years, Native Americans, fishermen and farmers have battled over the Klamath River in southern Oregon and Northern California, but finally a complicated truce is in the works.

  • An activist

    Nellie Sandoval, the mother of scientist Stefanie Raymond-Whish, has become an outspoken activist as a result of her own struggle with breast cancer.

  • Jim Detterline to the rescue

    Park Ranger Jim Detterline battles the agency he loves over its insistence that a hearing impairment makes him unfit for his job.

  • Stargazers defend darkness in Arizona

    The Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition's struggle to keep the stars visible has led to the city's designation as the first "International Dark-Sky City."

  • Wyoming's powder keg

    In Wyoming's Powder River Basin, the coming energy boom in coalbed methane gas has local ranchers and environmentalists worried.

  • Ranchers sour on Canadian gas plant

    Alberta, Canada, ranchers are frustrated by the government's lack of oversight of the proliferating sour-gas plants that some say harm health and livestock.

  • Boaters float for their rights

    In Colorado, a group of river rafters float the Lake Fork of the Gunnison in defiance of a landowner who has filed suit to stop them, part of a statewide struggle over access and ownership of rivers.

  • I am an Inuit warrior

    It's not easy being a person who lives in a high mountain ski town but hates snow and winter weather.

  • Oil and gas drilling clouds the West's air

    Air pollution from oil and gas drilling is on the increase in the Rocky Mountain West, and environmentalists and energy companies are trying to prevent it from getting any worse

  • The Public Lands' Big Cash Crop

    Elaborate marijuana gardens, created and managed by Mexican drug lords, are turning California’s public lands into a dangerous, illegal, industrial-style landscape

  • A losing battle

    Billions of dollars are being spent to fight Western wildfires, but some scientists now believe that the big blowups can’t be prevented, and that they may be good for the health of the forests

  • The BLM’s conservation kingdom

    The BLM’s new National Landscape Conservation System manages 15 monuments created by President Clinton, as well as 800 other protected areas

  • Monument presents a management morass

    In Arizona’s Ironwood Forest National Monument, ranchers, recreationists and illegal immigrants are all fighting for space

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