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Washington’s wolverines stage tenuous comeback
Washington’s wolverines stage tenuous comeback
The carnivores are recolonizing the northern Cascades, but they face an uncertain climate future.
Balancing the pulls of domesticity and wilderness
Balancing the pulls of domesticity and wilderness
How I take inspiration, and cautionary advice, from Ed Abbey’s family misadventures.
Most native tongues of the West are all but lost
Most native tongues of the West are all but lost
A map shows where just over 60 languages remain spoken around the region.
$300 fine for tracking mud on streets, dress codes for sheriffs, and more.
$300 fine for tracking mud on streets, dress codes for sheriffs, and more.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Grief’s possible outcomes
Grief’s possible outcomes
Review of ‘The Possibilities’ by Kaui Hart Hemmings.
January exodus
January exodus
HCN’ers get into the backcountry, editor Betsy Marston sees Berlin and art director Cindy Wehling takes a trip to Hawaii.
Glass half full?
The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
Las Vegas’ Pat Mulroy initiated an era of deal-making that may buffer against catastrophic drought.
Latest: New pesticide regulations for Oregon timber companies
Latest: New pesticide regulations for Oregon timber companies
Companies must now give officials at least a week’s notice before spraying.
Keeping the dust down in California’s Owens Valley
Keeping the dust down in California’s Owens Valley
A civil engineer battles Los Angeles over its air pollution legacy.
Beauty and malevolence in Montana
Beauty and malevolence in Montana
Review of ‘The Ploughmen’ by Kim Zupan.
Chronicling the work of an early Native American artist
Chronicling the work of an early Native American artist
Review of ‘In Search of Nampeyo: The Early Years, 1875-1892’ by Steve Elmore.
Latest: California fracking companies inject protected aquifers with wastewater
Latest: California fracking companies inject protected aquifers with wastewater
EPA found that state regulators allowed 2,500 to be contaminated.
Community solar comes of age in the West
Community solar comes of age in the West
A neighborhood solar experiment in Washington gains traction in other states.
Rants from the Hill: Scout's honor
Rants from the Hill: Scout's honor
How I earned the excommunication merit badge.
Big dig, big disgrace
Big dig, big disgrace
A new mega-tunnel won’t save Seattle from the tyranny of traffic.