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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.
Podcast: The cult of Tesla
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.
The West, in pictures
The West, in pictures
High Country News showcases a selection of photos submitted to SAGE Magazine, a student-run environmental magazine at the Yale Forestry School. The images include beautiful wildlife photography and poignant illustrations of humans' relationship to the natural world.
Rantcast: Bumper sticker sloganeering
Rantcast: Bumper sticker sloganeering
Michael Branch spinelessly adapts his environmental bumper stickers to fit in when traveling in rural Nevada's sagebrush rebellion country
The Excursions Episode
The Excursions Episode
Thought-provoking jaunts to inspire your own Western wanderings this summer: a visit to Utah's Sun Tunnels; a peek into modern hobo culture; and a beginner's guide to hitchhiking.
Rantcast: Sorry, Utah
Rantcast: Sorry, Utah
Ever found balloon detritus when hiking in a pristine wilderness? Michael Branch rants about the airlifted trash he finds in Nevada's high elevation desert, and then decides to dump some of that trash on Utah.
There's (still) gold in them thar hills
There's (still) gold in them thar hills
Soaring prices are driving a new gold rush -- among mining behemoths and small-time prospectors.
Sierra Crane-Murdoch on Idaho's political transformation
Sierra Crane-Murdoch on Idaho's political transformation
KDNK's Nelson Harvey chats with Sierra Crane-Murdoch about her recent cover story.
Rantcast: The silence of desert greetings
Rantcast: The silence of desert greetings
Michael Branch muses on Mary Austin, desert loners, and why the inhabitants in his arid part of western Nevada choose to limit their interactions to a few choice syllables. Rants from the Hill are Michael Branch's monthly musings on life in rural Nevada.
Lost and found waterways
Lost and found waterways
Rediscovering the forgotten rivers and streams of Los Angeles and Tucson.
Support the High Country News Intern Program
Support the High Country News Intern Program
Hear stories from HCN intern alumni and former editor Betsy Marston.
Rantcast: The leprechaun trap
Rantcast: The leprechaun trap
Rants from the Hill are Michael Branch's monthly musings on life in rural Nevada. In this Rantcast, Michael Branch muses on holidays and creates a leprechaun trap with his two daughters.
The sound of silence
The sound of silence
The world is getting noisier. Should we worry?
A former Green Mountain fire lookout tells his story
A former Green Mountain fire lookout tells his story
"Lightbulb" Winders recounts his experiences as the last lookout on Green Mountain.
Pronghorn Passage:  Tracking the antelope migration in western Wyoming
Pronghorn Passage: Tracking the antelope migration in western Wyoming
Emilene Ostlind and Joe Riis tracked the western Wyoming pronghorn migration for two years. But it wasn't until their final spring that they truly experienced it.
A Texas town welcomes dairies; a New Mexico activist fights them
A Texas town welcomes dairies; a New Mexico activist fights them
Jana Hughes, of Hobbs, N.M., does not find dairies to be good neighbors. Janet Claborn, of Muleshoe, Texas, has recruited 14 dairies to her town and sees them as an economic development blessing.
An interview with Daniel Marlos, entomology's "Dear Abby"
An interview with Daniel Marlos, entomology's "Dear Abby"
The self-trained entomologist discusses readers' questions on insects, and some of his favorite worldwide insect finds.
How to snag a grizzly: Biologists search for carnivores in the North Cascades
Brad Udall on Australian water reform
Brad Udall on Australian water reform
Lessons from Australia for the Colorado River Basin
A day among junk connoisseurs
A day among junk connoisseurs
San Juan County, N.M., is a haven for junk cars -- and for the guys who fix them up.
Out of the weeds: the people of cannabis county