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You can’t take politics out of the West
You can’t take politics out of the West
Our editor-in-chief responds to recent criticism.
Kill bill; What’s sprouting from Hell’s backbone?; Mojave NIMBY
Kill bill; What’s sprouting from Hell’s backbone?; Mojave NIMBY
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
A roadmap for nomadic love
A roadmap for nomadic love
One couple’s story of a long-distance relationship across the landscape.
At home with the ‘unsettlers’
At home with the ‘unsettlers’
A new book features characters who have gone far beyond what most of us consider ‘good enough.’
Zinke’s Interior takes shape; Big Rec’s big move; solar shift
Trump Tower to be built within Bears Ears
Trump Tower to be built within Bears Ears
The president says new monument is a ‘yuge’ investment opportunity.
Week in review: March 31
Week in review: March 31
Essential stories for understanding Trump’s climate order; plus a few weekend reads.
Interior moves swiftly after Trump’s climate order
Interior moves swiftly after Trump’s climate order
As other agencies prepare for a long haul, Ryan Zinke has an immediate impact.
Nogales has a sewage problem
Nogales has a sewage problem
In the borderlands, members of Congress work to resolve wastewater woes.
En Los Angeles, los nuevos edictos crean confusión
En Los Angeles, los nuevos edictos crean confusión
¿Quiénes son bienvenidos en los Estados Unidos de Trump?
Technology is cropping up in our lettuce fields
Technology is cropping up in our lettuce fields
In Yuma, Arizona, agriculture has embraced technology to increase yield.
California’s backcountry drug war
California’s backcountry drug war
Dangerous drug cartels are growing pot on public lands—putting wildlife, water supplies, and outdoor enthusiasts at grave risk.
In Los Angeles, Trump edicts spread confusion
In Los Angeles, Trump edicts spread confusion
Who is welcome in today’s America?
Why the West will continue to green without the Clean Power Plan
Why the West will continue to green without the Clean Power Plan
The region is poised for more renewable energy and less coal.
How Zinke’s lead bullet ruling fails the West
How Zinke’s lead bullet ruling fails the West
How toxic lead fragments follow wildlife from wilderness onto our dinner plates.
What should a community do to protect its immigrants?
What should a community do to protect its immigrants?
A conservative county in Colorado grapples over a new political reality for its refugee and immigrant residents.
West Obsessed: How Forest Service agents busted a maple-poaching gang
West Obsessed: How Forest Service agents busted a maple-poaching gang
The writers and editors of High Country News discuss Washington’s timber crime.
Sportsmen pull public-lands politics to the center
Sportsmen pull public-lands politics to the center
As threats intensify, sportsmen emerge as a persuasive voice.
Week in review: March 24
Week in review: March 24
Keystone permit OK’d, Utah solar incentives rollback and white nose in Texas; plus HCN reading recommendations.