Items by Marshall Swearingen

Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion
Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion
An interactive, year-by-year look at the current insurgency.
Will a twice-burned county change its ways?
Will a twice-burned county change its ways?
Don’t count on wildfires to alter how counties plan development in fire-prone zones.
Scientists dig up the past in packrat middens
Scientists dig up the past in packrat middens
The animals’ sturdy nests can preserve clues about the climate for 50,000 years or more.
The BLM’s arms race on the range
The BLM’s arms race on the range
The agency has armed up since 1978, but it’s still outgunned without local backup.
A tale of two BLM mascots
A tale of two BLM mascots
Johnny Horizon and Seymour Antelope show the agency's changing focus.
The BLM has armed up since 1978, but it’s still outgunned
The BLM has armed up since 1978, but it’s still outgunned
In confrontations with armed groups like the Bundy supporters, local law enforcement matters most.
High Country News: Branching out
High Country News: Branching out
The fourth in a series celebrating our 45th Anniversary.
High Country News:  The reopening
High Country News: The reopening
The third in a series celebrating our 45th anniversary.
High Country News:  Tragedy and transition
High Country News: Tragedy and transition
The second in a series celebrating our 45th anniversary
High Country News: Origins
High Country News: Origins
The first in a series celebrating our 45th anniversary
A look back on 45 years of HCN
A look back on 45 years of HCN
Continuing the tradition of in-depth, passionate coverage of the West’s defining issues.
Timeline of the sage grouse saga
Timeline of the sage grouse saga
One step forward, two steps back, starting from 1995.
Dispatch from White Hope Mine dispute in Montana
Dispatch from White Hope Mine dispute in Montana
The constitutionalist group Oath Keepers is defending a mine that the Forest Service says is out of compliance.
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Fatalities, backcountry trips, ATVs and Denali summit attempts over the years.
A timeline of the Antiquities Act
A timeline of the Antiquities Act
The presidential power tool for land conservation since Teddy Roosevelt.
Controversy lingers at Missouri Breaks in Montana
Controversy lingers at Missouri Breaks in Montana
Ranchers, landowners, environmentalists still disagree over the designation.
Boom! Bust!
Boom! Bust!
Forty-five years of High Country News boom and bust cover stories.
Community solar comes of age in the West
Community solar comes of age in the West
A neighborhood solar experiment in Washington gains traction in other states.
Private property blocks access to public lands
Private property blocks access to public lands
Public lands belong to everyone. But private landowners can make it hard to get to them.
Mapping threats on public land
Mapping threats on public land
Intimidation of federal officials is widespread across the West.
Defuse the West
Defuse the West
Public-land employees are easy targets for a violent, government-hating fringe.
Reports from the front lines
Reports from the front lines
Excerpts from official accounts of threats against U.S. Forest Service and BLM employees.
Utilities experiment on the rural Northwest
Utilities experiment on the rural Northwest
Real-time response to demand could radically shift how the grid operates.
Watershed moment
Watershed moment
The U.S. and Canada prepare to renegotiate the 50-year-old Columbia River Treaty.
Cosmic Prospecting in Lead, South Dakota
Cosmic Prospecting in Lead, South Dakota
What happens when an old mining town recruits a physics lab and pursues Big Science?
Alaska tribes attempt to block the controversial Pebble Mine
Alaska tribes attempt to block the controversial Pebble Mine
Some of the last surviving salmon-based cultures turn to the EPA to protect their communities.
Helium rising in the West
Helium rising in the West
The region has become an important source of the technologically vital gas.
Cow stomp: using cattle to reclaim mine land
Can Colorado ranchers and the Forest Service work together to erase old mining scars?
Wyoming digs its 10 billionth ton of coal
Wyoming digs its 10 billionth ton of coal
The industry hopes Wyoming's coal bonanza lasts another 100 years. But mining's peaks and valleys have never been entirely in its control.
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