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  • The Latest Bounce

    EPA abandons attempt to regulate hydraulic fracturing; BLM briefly cuts forestry school funding and Republican Rep. Greg Walden grills logging critic Dan Donato; California regulator tries to stop ecological crash in San Francisco Bay-Delta

  • ESA talks end in stalemate

    A working group of 23 experts convened by the nonprofit Keystone Center could not reach consensus over how to reform the Endangered Species Act’s critical habitat provisions

  • Town Shopping

    With all the formerly cool, "undiscovered" small towns now caught up in the New West’s booming real estate frenzy, it’s getting hard to find an affordable place to call home

  • Taking the law into their own hands

    Citizens use a little-known legal doctrine called qui tam to fight energy company profiteering – and make money in the process

  • The GOAT Blog

    Get to know the locals

    From Encana and the Colo. Division of Wildlife: a video for oil and gas workers.

  • The GOAT Blog

    Shale tests the waters

    Upper Colorado claim draws out the stakeholders.

  • The GOAT Blog

    Map test

  • A flood of admirers

    In the anthology The River We Carry With Us, writers and poets celebrate the enduring beauty of Montana's Clark Fork River and grapple with the environmental problems facing it.

  • The GOAT Blog

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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.

  • Wyoming's powder keg

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

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