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West Obsessed: Trump’s cross-purposed energy policy
West Obsessed: Trump’s cross-purposed energy policy
The staff of High Country News discuss the inherent paradoxes in the president-elect’s campaign promises.
West Obsessed: The fate of rural food and farms
West Obsessed: The fate of rural food and farms
The staff of High Country News tackles tough questions about small-town agriculture.
West Obsessed: How Trump is recoloring the West’s politics
West Obsessed: How Trump is recoloring the West’s politics
Listen to the writers and editors of the magazine discuss the backlash to Donald Trump’s run for president.
A couple living off the grid fought water law — and won
A couple living off the grid fought water law — and won
The decision could upend a Colorado rule that goes back 150 years.
West Obsessed: How to fix a broken rural healthcare system
West Obsessed: How to fix a broken rural healthcare system
The staff of High Country News discuss the solutions small towns are trying to patch up their healthcare.
West Obsessed: After 100 years, the national parks have hit some road bumps
West Obsessed: After 100 years, the national parks have hit some road bumps
The staff of High Country News talk about the challenges the Park Service faces.
How do you beat hunger and food waste? Try compost
How do you beat hunger and food waste? Try compost
Reunity turns restaurant scraps into soil — and connects Santa Fe with rural farms in the process.
The NASA scientist keeping an eye on California’s drought
The NASA scientist keeping an eye on California’s drought
Senior scientist Jay Famiglietti’s research looks at the West and the world’s dwindling water resources.
Range podcast: The cult of Tesla
Range podcast: The cult of Tesla
What is it about Tesla and Elon Musk that has attracted such fierce devotion from so many people?
West Obsessed: Genetics and the plight of Mexican wolves
West Obsessed: Genetics and the plight of Mexican wolves
Turf wars and management missteps have hurt the recovery of Arizona and New Mexico’s remaining wolf packs, leaving them dangerously inbred.
How to get a drug treatment that works into every medicine cabinet
How to get a drug treatment that works into every medicine cabinet
State agencies are having success countering New Mexico’s overdose epidemic by increasing access to opiate antidotes.
Podcast: The backcountry ski boom comes with more risk
Podcast: The backcountry ski boom comes with more risk
Avalanche deaths as well as backcountry skiing are up from 20 years ago.
West Obsessed: The legacy of sexual harassment in public-lands agencies
West Obsessed: The legacy of sexual harassment in public-lands agencies
Listen to HCN reporters discuss this long-standing institutional problem.
New hydrocarbon estimates put western Colorado on edge
New hydrocarbon estimates put western Colorado on edge
USGS now says the region has the nation’s second-largest reserves, but a flush market means little will change for now.
Science education program teaches impacts of fossil fuels at their source
Science education program teaches impacts of fossil fuels at their source
In Colorado’s oil- and gas-producing counties, science teachers broach a thorny subject in their own backyard.
Podcast: The 21st century prospector of Storey County, Nevada
Podcast: The 21st century prospector of Storey County, Nevada
Real estate tycoon and Mustang Ranch owner Lance Gilman talks about his checkered past.
Podcast: What’s with the Western pot boom?
Podcast: What’s with the Western pot boom?
Amid a patchwork of regulations, marijuana is becoming a legitimate industry.
Soundtable: The West and the White House
Soundtable: The West and the White House
Experts discuss this year’s presidential race and what Western issues are coming to the fore.
Podcast: The last Nevada showgirl revue came to a close this year
Podcast: The last Nevada showgirl revue came to a close this year
Preserving showgirl culture, amidst lasting discomfort around the tradition.
West Obsessed: What’s the deal with Wildlife Services?
West Obsessed: What’s the deal with Wildlife Services?
For an agency that researches non-lethal predator control, they sure kill a lot of critters. HCN writers discuss an agency trying to rethink its role.
Podcast: Why won’t white West Coast progressives talk about racism?
Podcast: Why won’t white West Coast progressives talk about racism?
Conversations about race need to happen regularly, not just every once in a while.
Online editor Tay Wiles talks Oregon militia standoffs with KDNK Radio
Online editor Tay Wiles talks Oregon militia standoffs with KDNK Radio
The latest episode of Sounds of the High Country.
West Obsessed: What the heck is a Sagebrush Sheriff?
West Obsessed: What the heck is a Sagebrush Sheriff?
Behind a lot of anti-fed sentiment, you’ll find ‘constitutional’ peace officers. Here’s why that’s worrying.