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  • 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.

  • Last chance for the Lobo

    Mexican Wolves in Catron County, New Mexico struggle to survive in the midst of underfunding, inbreeding, and hostile local ranchers.

  • Rebels with a Lost Cause

    The fiercely conservative lawyers of the Sagebrush Rebellion continue to fight against environmental regulations, but despite all their sound and fury, very little has changed on the public lands.

  • Heard Around the West

    Lucky the elk was not so lucky; unhealthy health treats; little kid literally drives folks crazy; 90-year-old volunteer finally retires; stories about heat raise temperatures; Tahoe’s bear troubles.

  • Field notes from the front steps

    From the front porch of her house in Montana, Kim Todd studies bees and marvels at the world.

  • A former Hot Shot looks at the West’s wildfires

    Lincoln Bramwell looks back on years of firefighting and concludes that it’s just not a good idea for people to keep building houses in forests.

  • Growth unfettered

    Arizonans are grappling with the consequences of Proposition 207, an anti-takings measure passed last fall.

  • Betting on the house

    In Las Vegas, the Bureau of Land Management offers up cheap land for affordable housing.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Recent elections in the West show support for land-use planning and “convergence politics”; hunting declines in the West, but Satan keeps busy in Idaho, causing divorces.

  • Beetle Warfare

    Scientists unleash a new weapon in the fight against invasive tamarisk – a tiny exotic beetle from Kazakhstan.

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