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What magazine­ published in the tiny mining and ranching town of Paonia, Colorado, commands the fierce attention of senators, cabinet members and editors of the leading newspapers in the country?

The answer is High County News

High Country News was created in 1969 by Tom Bell, a Wyoming biologist, rancher and conservationist. His mission was to focus on the threatened environment and wildlife of the West.

Passing the torch

In 1983, High Country News changed stewardship its from rancher, Tom Bell, and moved from its hometown of Lander, Wyoming, to the even smaller town of Paonia, Colorado, reaffirming the paper’s rural Western tradition. As word spread of this unique newspaper-journal hybrid, readership grew. So did the scope of HCN’s coverage.

Today, the members of HCN’s small staff, along with our interns and the dozens of freelance journalists strategically scattered across our 11-state regional beat, carry forward Tom Bell’s mission to foster a Western environmental ethic. We do it by covering environmental issues with depth and an even hand. We do it by acknowledging that the West’s rapidly changing communities must find ways to thrive without destroying the landscape around them. And we do it by celebrating in words and photographs the West’s amazing diversity of life, from forests — aspen, juniper, redwood, pine — and sagebrush plains to grizzly bears and ranchers, river rafters and even retirees.


Why you?

As someone interested in knowing the American West, you're being invited to join the HCN community. We believe you're the type of person High Country News is written and designed for: independent, intelligent, aware. Someone who loves the West and all its rugged beauty -- someone who understands the essential role we play as stewards and guardians of the land, air and water surrounding us.

That's why I'm so excited to extend this extraordinary offer to you -- RISK-FREE! We'll refund all unserved issues if you ever wish to cancel.

You can make a difference. Let High Country News -- the magazine People called "the conscience of the West" -- show you how.

Subscribe to High Country News today for $37 for 22 issues (one year). That's only 71¢ a week including SHIPPING!

Paul Larmer, Publisher

P.S. Or you can go DIGITAL-ONLY for $15 for six months!