Editor's note

Seeking economic health for small towns
Seeking economic health for small towns
A project looks at how communities are faring in rural New Mexico.
Migrations, old and new
Migrations, old and new
Humans have always trekked paths to new places.
Climate change is our new reality
Climate change is our new reality
A summer of hurricanes, flooding and wildfires made it clear: the climate is changing.
Tribal revival
Tribal revival
I hear the train a comin’
Keep the spray out of the oatmeal
Standing up to bullies
Bowden the half-mad hiker
Bowden the half-mad hiker
The iconic Southwest writer brought minimal gear but loads of reading material on the trail.
Bowden the half-mad hiker
Bowden the half-mad hiker
The iconic Southwest writer brought minimal gear but loads of reading material on the trail.
The art of adaptation
Forestry fandango
Hunger pangs
Hunger pangs
What’s happening in Arctic villages foreshadows a future of climate disruption.
Taking the romance out of farming
Taking the romance out of farming
Some farms are using the river as their sewer.
A wild paradox
A wild paradox
How we interface with wilderness.
What hides in the waters
What hides in the waters
In the rural West, river pollution seems somewhat straightforward, when in reality it’s infinitely complex.
Official lawlessness on the border
Official lawlessness on the border
No agency can be expected to care for the environment if the citizens who empower it don’t pay attention.
Conflict for the sake of conflict
Conflict for the sake of conflict
Cliven Bundy’s Nevada standoff shows we can’t dismiss armed drama, but we should also understand that the issues surrounding gun control point to something deep in America’s philosophical DNA.
The vital diversity of our parks
The vital diversity of our parks
By making our national parks more welcoming to minorities, we realize the potential of “America’s Best Idea.”
A path to an unexpected place
A path to an unexpected place
Gallup’s challenge is to use its nascent recreation economy to benefit the entire community.
Savoring the horror stories
Savoring the horror stories
HCN readers get a kick out of their difficult travels in the West.
The long arm of California energy policy
The long arm of California energy policy
The Golden State's legacy in the Interior West is about to change.
Looking after we leap
Looking after we leap
Uncertainty about the effects of chemicals and environmental contaminants on human health often justifies lax regulation. Should it?
Older and wiser
Older and wiser
Two public lands and grazing stories as much about process and potential as on-the-ground changes.