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  • Standing outside, late, in a charcoal forest

  • Die with me

    Three new books about the West’s Indian wars – Ned Blackhawk’s Violence Over the Land, Kingsley Bray’s Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life, and Robert W. Larson’s Gall: Lakota War Chief – seem to romanticize a violent past.

  • Time to call the gas industry’s bluff

    Randy Udall says Colorado needs to act now to collect severance taxes from the natural gas companies that are making a fortune from the state.

  • A bad idea hits the gas pumps

    Dustin Heron Urban has declared war on the little black stickers at gas stations that announce the availability of ethanol.

  • Nevada stakes its salmon claim

    Nevada sportsmen, tribes and environmentalists ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission not to renew licenses for Hells Canyon’s dams until Idaho Power makes it possible for salmon to survive its dams.

  • Two weeks in the West

    A flurry of end-of-year easements saves lots of lovely landscapes; heli-skiing wins in Utah; snow-lovers help starving Colorado deer; a possible ceasefire on the Klamath; and bark beetles are destroying Colorado’s lodgepole pines.

  • Planning for uncertainty

    A Phoenix symposium on dealing with drought and global warming echoes the larger uncertainties facing public-land and national park managers throughout the West.

  • The Chaparralian

    Richard Halsey says Southern California’s chaparral is not to blame for the fires that scorch the region every year.

  • Hold the salt

    The largest wetland restoration project on the West Coast tackles the tidal marshes of San Francisco Bay.

  • Heard Around the West

    Remembering Beverly Allen, an 80-something showgirl; nation’s largest Sitka spruce dies; all religions are weird to non-believers; Ted Turner vs. Nebraska; the benefits of being a resort town; growing pains in the West.

  • My short tenure with a blind pigeon

    Laura Pritchett reluctantly – and guiltily – agrees to take care of a blind pigeon for her mother.

  • Madame Merian and her passion for metamorphosis

    In Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis, Kim Todd uncovers the life and legacy of a pioneering 17th century woman

  • New West, Next West

    In the short stories in Last Call, Colorado writer Blair Oliver looks at the desperate suburban lives of modern-day Western men.

  • Where do you draw the line?

    Todd Wilkinson wonders what it would take to get Westerners to act against the destruction of our landscape.

  • Tackling Utah’s trash

    Issa Hamud, an engineer who was born in Somalia, helped Logan, Utah, create a successful recycling program.

  • Treehuggers and treecutters unite

    Environmentalists have been working with Washington foresters to keep small tree farms in business, but the treaty between the two remains a fragile one.

  • Misplaced Jurisdiction

    Law professor Kevin Washburn, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, says the justice system in Indian Country is in serious need of overhaul.

  • Two weeks in the West

    EPA stymies California’s attempt to cut tailpipe emissions; the West is growing but not sure where its next meal or drink of water will come from; increasing amounts of ammonium – and guns – in the parks; avalanche fatalities are up.

  • An energy oasis in the political desert

    The Interior West’s growing political voice – and its status as the nation’s energy supplier – mean presidential candidates need to see the region as more than campaign flyover country.

  • A political speech the West needs to hear

    High Country News imagines – and delivers – the kind of speech about our energy future that the West needs to hear from its next president.

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