Items by Paul Larmer
In the rural West, river pollution seems somewhat straightforward, when in reality it’s infinitely complex.
No agency can be expected to care for the environment if the citizens who empower it don’t pay attention.
Cliven Bundy’s Nevada standoff shows we can’t dismiss armed drama, but we should also understand that the issues surrounding gun control point to something deep in America’s philosophical DNA.
Alaska’s Bristol Bay can teach us how to preserve what we still have and to restore what we’ve lost.
There are hints of progress in the long-lasting stalemate over some of Utah's -- and the world's -- most spectacular landscapes.
The author of a new biography of one of the West's largest landholders speaks with HCN about conservation, capitalism and Cousteau.
Latino farmworker communities in California's Central Valley suffer from polluted drinking water -- and High Country News can't ignore it.
Whether converting open ditches into pipelines or fallowing fields, farmers and ranchers in the West are being forced to change the ways they use water as climate-induced drought tightens its grip.
Today, many educational organizations and institutions offer incredible learning opportunities -- both in the field and the classroom -- for students and non-students to chow down on the West’s meaty issues.
The founder of Western Watersheds Project will retire, but remains vigilant against "welfare ranching."
High Country News has a board meeting and schemes for more reader involvement; visitors from around the West.
The Republican senator got booted from office in the 2010 Tea Party surge, after supporting wilderness legislation. HCN interviewed him about the prospects for public lands bills in the next Congress.
The West is built on many cooperative and collectivist agreements; Utah's booming economy, boosted by Mormon politics, illustrates how these work.
In the rural West, how deep a candidate's family roots go -- how long they've lived in the area -- sometimes matters more than his or her experience or political opinions.
The green-leaning $600 billion outdoor industry aspires to be a major conservation player, but so far it's done more talk than walk.
The outdoor-gear industry makes its living off a landscape it claims to love. But when it comes to spending cash for conservation, it hasn’t done much.
The Sonoran Institute's departing founder reflects on 20 years of conservation work and how he developed his approach to protecting land while working with a wide range of stakeholders.
HCN talks with Eric Sanford of SG Interests about the politics of energy development, split estate, and more.