Items by Paul Larmer

The Visual West -- Image 4
A Walk Through the Orchard
War on The West: The sequel
War on The West: The sequel
Life is going get even harder for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as modern-day Sagebrush Rebels try to re-ignite a “War on the West.”
A marketing tune-up
A marketing tune-up
High Country News gets advice on marketing; holiday visitors; Lisa Song gets reporting job and Michelle Nijhuis wins grant; farewell, Bill Freudenburg.
The Visual West - Image 3
Bad Moon Rising
The Visual West - Image 2
Snow blanket
The Visual West - Image 1
Bald Eagle in a cottonwood
Mining Reform: Deja vu again and again
Mining Reform: Deja vu again and again
A 138-year-old law blocks serious hardrock mining reform, despite the untiring work of activists.
HCN bids farewell to an old friend
HCN bids farewell to an old friend
Remembering William L. Berry Jr.; Jonathan Thompson wins Special Citation from 2010 Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism; corrections.
A tight -- but stable -- budget, and a big bash
A tight -- but stable -- budget, and a big bash
High Country News hosts a big anniversary party and board meeting in Fort Collins, Colo.; summer visitors.
Who can capture the Forest Service?
Who can capture the Forest Service?
The national forests are in such terrible shape that it's worth trying a few experiments in collaborative restoration work.
The call of the semi-wild
The call of the semi-wild
Semi-wild rural landscapes, where humans mingle with wildlife, are a richer source of biodiversity than many Westerners realize.
Our founder, the man and the myth
Our founder, the man and the myth
Tom Bell still inspires a young Westerner.
HCN rocks with eTown
HCN rocks with eTown
ETown will honor High Country News at a concert by Lyle Lovett and Taj Mahal; new interns Denver Nicks, Emilene Ostlind and Adam Petry.
Rapid runoff
Rapid runoff
Recent dust storms have caused Colorado's snowpack to melt even faster than usual.
HCN's key numbers: 3, 170, 20
HCN's key numbers: 3, 170, 20
High Country News board meeting discusses finances; we get a four-star charity rating; Auden Schendler wins awards
Dust in the wind and the water
Dust in the wind and the water
Dust storms are mucking up the Rocky Mountains' snowpack, but a few fish like the razorback sucker thrive in spring’s muddy waters.
Changing of the editorial guard
Changing of the editorial guard
After Editor in Chief Jonathan Thompson leaves, High Country News will be led by Jodi Peterson, Ray Ring and Sarah Gilman; former intern Michael Moss wins a Pulitzer.
Hard times reshuffle the political deck
Hard times reshuffle the political deck
Colorado's economic slump forced Gov. Ritter to increase his support for natural gas, and Nevada voters may force hardrock mining to pay more in state taxes.
Power (and financial) struggle
Power (and financial) struggle
Wide-ranging talk at HCN's "Power Struggle" discussion in Tucson; HCN board meeting raises financial issues; clarification, corrections.
Still evolving 40 years later
Still evolving 40 years later
High Country News continues to evolve along with the conservation movement itself, especially in the thorny area of environmental justice.
Native power in Tucson
Native power in Tucson
HCN sponsors a conference on energy development and environmental activism on the Hopi and Navajo reservations; visitors; planning; corrections.
How big is your backyard?
How big is your backyard?
We all become NIMBYs when development threatens our favorite landscapes – even conservative oilmen like Wyoming’s Diemer True.
Changing of the guard
Longtime HCN board members Dan Luecke and Felix Magowan step down; bat-chasers and bicyclists; and correction.
How big should we be?
The September board meeting raised questions about how big HCN should be; artists and activists visit us.
Power politics, conservation style
Power politics, conservation style
In this issue, Ray Ring takes a hard look at the behind-the-scenes politicking that helped create Clinton’s roadless forest rule.
An ecological dilemma
An ecological dilemma
When the cat swallows the bird, and the owl swallows the cat, what's a guy supposed to do?
Rodeo remains a Western spark
Rodeo remains a Western spark
In the 21st century, rodeo is still thriving – especially in the turbocharged form of the Professional Bull Riding circuit.
Semi-wild in the new West
Semi-wild in the new West
Semi-wild rural landscapes, where humans mingle with wildlife, are a richer source of biodiversity than many Westerners realize.
Dwindling supplies inflame water wars
Dwindling supplies inflame water wars
Arguing about water is a beloved Western pastime, but Coloradoans may soon find themselves seriously fighting over what’s left in the Colorado River.
HCN board meeting – in cyberspace
High Country News holds its first-ever board meeting via telephone and Internet; Marty Durlin becomes new culture editor.
High Country News Classifieds
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    $58k-$70k + benefits to oversee watershed restoration projects that fulfill our strategic goals across urban and rural areas within the bi-national Santa Cruz and San...
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSISTANT - (PART-TIME)
    High Country News, an award-winning media organization covering the communities and environment of the Western United States, seeks a part-time Customer Service Assistant, based at...
  • OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
    We are a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on arid working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration....
  • COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
    Come work alongside everyday Montanans to project our clean air, water, and build thriving communities! Competitive salary, health insurance, pension, generous vacation time and sabbatical....
  • CAMPAIGN MANAGER
    Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting, defending and restoring Oregon's high desert, seeks a Campaign Manager to works as...
  • HECHO DEPUTY DIRECTOR
    Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO) was created in 2013 to help fulfill our duty to conserve and protect our public lands for...
  • REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE, COLUMBIA CASCADES
    The Regional Representative serves as PCTA's primary staff on the ground along the trail working closely with staff, volunteers, and nonprofit and agency partners. This...
  • FINANCE AND OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
    The Montana Land Reliance (MLR) seeks a full-time Finance and Operations Director to manage the internal functions of MLR and its nonprofit affiliates. Key areas...
  • DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION
    The Nature Conservancy is recruiting for a Director of Conservation. Provides strategic leadership and support for all of the Conservancy's conservation work in Arizona. The...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Amargosa Conservancy (AC), a conservation nonprofit dedicated to standing up for water and biodiversity in the Death Valley region, seeks an executive director to...
  • BIG BASIN SENIOR PROJECT PLANNER - CLIMATE ADAPTATION & RESILIENCE
    Parks California Big Basin Senior Project Planner - Climate Adaptation & Resilience ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND Parks California is a new organization working to ensure that our...
  • SCIENCE PROJECT MANAGER
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  • HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST
    Honor the Earth is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on identity. Indigenous people, people of color, Two-Spirit or LGBTQA+ people,...
  • DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    Colorado Trout Unlimited seeks an individual with successful development experience, strong interpersonal skills, and a deep commitment to coldwater conservation to serve as the organization's...
  • NEW BOOK BY AWARD-WINNING WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST, BRUCE SMITH
    In a perilous place at the roof of the world, an orphaned mountain goat is rescued from certain death by a mysterious raven.This middle-grade novel,...
  • DESCHUTES LAND TRUST VOLUNTEER PROGRAM MANAGER
    The Deschutes Land Trust is seeking an experienced Volunteer Program Manager to join its dedicated team! Deschutes Land Trust conserves and cares for the lands...
  • PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    Now hiring a full-time, remote Program Director for the Society for Wilderness Stewardship! Come help us promote excellence in the professional practice of wilderness stewardship,...
  • MOUNTAIN LOTS FOR SALE
    Multiple lots in gated community only 5 miles from Great Sand Dunes National Park. Seasonal flowing streams. Year round road maintenance.
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    Country living just minutes from town! 20 acres with great views makes a perfect spot for your custom home. Nice oaks and juniper. Cassie Carver,...
  • A FIVE STAR FOREST SETTING WITH SECLUSION AND SEPARATENESS
    This home is for a discerning buyer in search of a forest setting of premier seclusion & separateness. Surrounded on all sides by USFS land...