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  • Gunning with the in-laws

    Jonathan Thompson learns to love guns – and to fear them even more than he did before.

  • Twenty views of the West

    In Best Stories of the American West, Volume I, series editor Marc Jaffe gathers 20 very different stories by 20 very different writers.

  • Sounding the alarm for nature

    In Courage for the Earth, editor Peter Matthiessen gathers 14 essays honoring the life and work of Rachel Carson.

  • Are tomorrow’s ghost towns sprouting today?

    Alan Kesselheim wonders if rising gas prices and global warming will one day turn our sprawling suburbs into empty ghost towns.

  • The good and bad of peak-bagging

    Steven Albert – like John Muir before him – loves the thrill of climbing fourteeners, even if it’s sometimes a guilty pleasure.

  • Clean energy activist reflects on corporate influence in New Mexico legislation

    Ben Luce is no longer pulling his punches as he battles for clean energy in New Mexico.

  • Border restoration’s odd couple

    In southwestern Arizona, the U.S. Border Patrol is working with Cocopah Indians and environmentalists to restore a degraded, crime-ridden wetland called Hunters Hole.

  • The new land rush

    In the Rocky Mountain West, old mining claims are suddenly the newest real estate hot spots.

  • A dustup over weed control

    Some environmentalists are unhappy about the BLM’s plans to spray herbicides for weed control, but many public-land managers say it’s the only way to tackle the invasion of flammable weeds.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Coal-mining is always a dangerous business; wild horse problems in Nevada; biofuel boondoggle?; and biofuel bio the numbers.

  • Letter imperfect

    Some of the more heated responses to Ray Ring’s gun story show a certain ignorance of general constitutional principles, but HCN loves letters and is already looking forward to readers’ reactions to the current issue’s story on carbon sequestration.

  • An alphabetical speed-load of state-by-state gun facts

    The West’s gun laws are an unbelievable hodgepodge, but in general the region is very friendly toward firearms

  • So, this bobcat walks into a bar...

    Chaos comes to Cottonwood, Ariz.

  • This mayor sees a different shade of green

    Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make his city environmentally sustainable

  • Private landowners become lords of the public estate

    A landowner locks a gate on a road into Arizona’s Aravaipa Canyon, highlighting an increasingly bitter debate over access to public lands in the West

  • Follow-up

    Army Corps of Engineers will have to release water from Columbia and Snake river dams to help salmon; Montana mining ban is not a property "taking"; kinks in plan to drill for natural gas at Colorado nuclear site.

  • Writing a comment letter? Better make it good

    The Bureau of Land Management is tightening its standards on what it considers worthwhile, "substantive" public comments from citizen activists

  • Crossings

    If there’s a theme in this summer reading issue, it’s that of crossings, an idea that really hit home when a group of people from Kazakhstan recently spent time at High Country News

  • The Great Divide

    A writer takes a 1,600-mile Greyhound bus ride from Salt Lake City into Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, and listens to the stories of the Westerners he meets

  • The brief but wonderful return of Cathedral in the Desert

    Utah’s drought gives proof that Glen Canyon’s Cathedral in the Desert is still in liquid storage underneath Lake Powell

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