People & Places

What it’s like to fight off fire to save your home
What it’s like to fight off fire to save your home
As neighbors evacuated, one family stayed behind.
‘Will my tears cool the ash?’
‘Will my tears cool the ash?’
A firefighter contemplates the coming fire season.
Car-eating marmots; poacher ring bust-up; a Tofurky surprise
Car-eating marmots; poacher ring bust-up; a Tofurky surprise
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Love, loss and nuclear reactors
Love, loss and nuclear reactors
Two new books explore the perspectives of women during the West’s nuclear boom.
Montana refuge divides tribes and ranchers
Montana refuge divides tribes and ranchers
The American Prairie Reserve offers a controversial vision for an intact prairie ecosystem.
West Obsessed: The March for Science, out West
West Obsessed: The March for Science, out West
After Earth Day, a look at researchers’ economic influence and political sway.
Why the West can learn from East Africa
Why the West can learn from East Africa
Reflecting on wildlife conservation in Kenya and at home.
Local power gets results for Thompson Divide
Local power gets results for Thompson Divide
New legislation could end a decade-long fight against oil and gas development.
How to make the People’s Climate March matter
How to make the People’s Climate March matter
Political protest works best with prolonged effort.
Republicans shy away from town halls
Republicans shy away from town halls
Fleeing shouting matches, some politicians are changing the way they talk to constituents.
Oregon youths get another chance at learning outdoors
Oregon youths get another chance at learning outdoors
Outdoor School tries to give children common ground on conservation.
What the West was like before the EPA
What the West was like before the EPA
The agency’s legacy isn’t perfect, but the region’s air and water are cleaner now than they once were.
A roadmap for nomadic love
A roadmap for nomadic love
One couple’s story of a long-distance relationship across the landscape.
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.
California’s desert wildflowers burst into bright ‘super bloom’
California’s desert wildflowers burst into bright ‘super bloom’
Following the ideal combination of rain, sun and wind, blossoms abound.
West Obsessed: Travel stories, far and wide
West Obsessed: Travel stories, far and wide
The staff of High Country News discuss the places that make us feel small.
The dog turds lurking on our trails
The dog turds lurking on our trails
A poop awareness campaign unleashed a lot of anger — some of it unexpected.
Invade, steal water: The plant spreading in Utah’s wetlands
Invade, steal water: The plant spreading in Utah’s wetlands
Battling a nonnative reed to protect Great Salt Lake bird habitat.
Untethered existences; Tacos in traffic; movin’ on up in Seattle
Untethered existences; Tacos in traffic; movin’ on up in Seattle
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Don’t squander your daylight savings
Don’t squander your daylight savings
A writer takes a stand against daylight saving time and argues you should, too.
Growing up in timber country
Growing up in timber country
A writer returns to the old-growth forest of her youth.
Wait — this land is my land?
Wait — this land is my land?
A Southerner revels in the access of Western federal lands.
The Yaak Valley’s ‘Dirty Shame’
The Yaak Valley’s ‘Dirty Shame’
In the infamous Montana saloon, a lesson about home in harsh places.