HCN Articles

Feds Link Water Contamination to Fracking for the First Time
Feds Link Water Contamination to Fracking for the First Time
The Environmental Protection Agency finds a connection between fracking and water pollution
The times, they are a changin'
The times, they are a changin'
High Country News launches a digital edition and iPhone application on November 14, 2011.
Presidential candidates are missing the Western issues
Presidential candidates are missing the Western issues
A recent presidential debate in Nevada highlighted the candidates' lack of focus on key Western issues like water, public lands management, and tourism.
What we take and leave when wildfire comes
What we take and leave when wildfire comes
A writer catalogues the practical and the sentimental objects grabbed when people flee their homes
Brad Udall on Australian water reform
Brad Udall on Australian water reform
Lessons from Australia for the Colorado River Basin
Lessons for the Colorado River from drought-stricken Australia
Lessons for the Colorado River from drought-stricken Australia
Brad Udall on Australian water reform and why it matters to the West.
In search of diversity in our national parks
In search of diversity in our national parks
One man's quest to understand why people of color are underrepresented in outdoor recreation and the conservation movement.
Rocky Mountain wolf recovery leader was not your average bureaucrat
Rocky Mountain wolf recovery leader was not your average bureaucrat
An interview with Ed Bangs, who recently retired from heading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's gray wolf recovery program
Leadville, an old Colorado mining town, may resume mining
Leadville, an old Colorado mining town, may resume mining
As prices soar, Freeport McMoRan ponders reviving the town's Climax molybdenum mine
A right to be protected: Gary Marbut's case for gun rights
A right to be protected: Gary Marbut's case for gun rights
A profile of Montana gun-rights activist Gary Marbut.
Montana's top gun-rights advocate has a national impact
Montana's top gun-rights advocate has a national impact
Gary Marbut's case for state rights in gun regulations is spreading from Montana to the rest of the country.
The growth of newspapers across the U.S.: 1690-2011
The growth of newspapers across the U.S.: 1690-2011
An interactive visualization showing how newspapers across the U.S. have grown in the past three centuries.
Rural papers doing better than their city counterparts
Rural papers doing better than their city counterparts
In an age where the decline newspapers seems imminent, small town papers still fill a niche.
It's time for Maximum Trashing Utilization
It's time for Maximum Trashing Utilization
When we have to disturb the environment, let's get the most we can out of it.
Can bandits: Recycling fraud hits California
Can bandits: Recycling fraud hits California
Criminals steal millions from the state -- one nickel at a time
Uncommon Westerner: Bevan Frost crafts custom guitars
Uncommon Westerner: Bevan Frost crafts custom guitars
A luthier credits his Western upbringing with shaping the instruments he builds.
How the Civil War shaped the West
How the Civil War shaped the West
The Civil War ended slavery -- and also determined how the West would be developed.
Photographer Sharon Stewart on the acequia tradition
Photographer Sharon Stewart on the acequia tradition
The photographer discusses landscape photography and her immersion in a tiny New Mexican town.
Peter McBride on photographing the contentious Colorado River
Peter McBride on photographing the contentious Colorado River
National Geographic photographer Peter McBride shows images from his new book and discusses what he learned while working on it.
California crab-boat captain powers through tsunami to safety
California crab-boat captain powers through tsunami to safety
A Crescent City, Calif. crab boat captain maneuvers his way through a tsunami-whorled sea in order to save his fishing boat.