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  • Dear friends

    Bikers, filmmakers, engineers, cheesemakers all visit HCN; Ed Wayburn celebrates 100th birthday

  • HCN's secret past

    High Country News reveals its odd historical connection with the West’s uranium obsession of the 1950s

  • Reborn

    With global warming an increasing threat, some are urging a return to nuclear energy, but the industry’s own checkered past reminds us that a nuclear renaissance will be neither easy nor cheap

  • Heard around the West

    Nevada’s toad boom; Utah piranha; roadkill CPR; Donald Rumsfeld vs. Navajo Marine; super-rich lay claim to Montana waterway

  • Nine reasons why a river is good for the soul

    A writer on a river trip through canyon country muses on things like sand, rapids, ruins and time, as well as the joy that comes from being outside in the company of family and friends

  • Bearable ways to deal with bruins

    Linda Masterson’s new book, Living With Bears, is a good-humored, practical guide to getting along with black bears in the West

  • Loss and renewal in the Northwest

    Steven Radosevich writes simple, painful, personal essays about the changing landscape of the Pacific Northwest in his new book, Good Wood: Growth, Loss and Renewal.

  • For the love of a river

    In the anthology There’s This River, Christa Sadler gathers the stories of rambunctious river rafters on the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River

  • How we lost our ranch to gas drilling

    A rancher recounts how oil drilling destroyed her rural lifestyle and forced her and her husband to sell their western Colorado ranch

  • Xeric Families of the West

    Photo descriptions of Xeriscapers in the West

  • What is Xeriscaping?

    The seven basic principles of Xeriscaping are explained

  • Have golf's glory days gone by?

    Golf – the game that brought grass to the desert – appears to have hit a rough patch in the West

  • Safety first

    Steve Ficklin is an oil and gas safety inspector for the Bureau of Land Management in western Colorado

  • Clearing a path for power

    An ambitious plan to create new corridors for power lines and pipelines will make it easier for utility companies to tap into the West’s energy boom

  • Tribes tackle taggers

    Rural Indian communities such as Colorado’s Ute Mountain Ute Reservation are seeing a disturbing rise in urban-style gangs and gang-related violence

  • Wilderness cliffhanger

    Three compromise wilderness bills have passed the House and now await Senate approval

  • Two weeks in the West

    Third parties can no longer challenge public-land sales to mining companies; BLM violated NEPA in leasing Utah wilderness-quality parcels to oil and gas companies; Divine Strake weapons test at Nevada Test Site delayed; Congress reforms conservation easement

  • Dear friends

    Matt Jenkins wins prize for Western Environmental Journalism, and Paolo Bacigalupi wins Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for science fiction short story; HCN board meeting and potluck in Missoula; visitors; Tim McKay dies

  • The Lure of the Lawn

    It’s not easy to wean Westerners away from their lush, traditional, turfgrass lawns, but with drought an increasing fact of life, Xeriscape gardening is finally catching on

  • 'There was just some hard hittin' going on'

    Matt Jenkins visits the annual Combine Demolition Derby in the tiny farming town of Lind, Wash.

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