Items by Cally Carswell

The future of our forests
Park Williams on why warmer temperatures will debilitate Southwestern forests
The bark beetle feedback loop
And why we shouldn't take trees for granted
West of 100: Goodbye, listeners
West of 100: Goodbye, listeners
The West of 100 podcast comes to an end.
A pro-tax revolt?
The future of the West's strictest anti-tax laws hangs in the balance
The money trail
A Frontline documentary gets inside a secretive Montana political group
Races where the environment matters. Sort of.
Races where the environment matters. Sort of.
Though environmental issues won't be decisive at the ballot box, candidates' green records could still matter -- if environmental super PACs have their way.
The West's super PAC megadonors
The West's super PAC megadonors
A few wealthy Westerners (and others) are attempting to influence elections via personal checks to super PACs and their more secretive counterparts, 501(c)(4)s.
Westerners' presidential proclivities
Westerners' presidential proclivities
Red-blue swings in presidential elections since 1960 show the region’s political landscape has always been dynamic.
Environment 2012
How environmental issues are playing in two important Western races
Fall books offer journeys of the mind
Fall books offer journeys of the mind
New Western fiction and nonfiction for fall 2012.
New podcast: Fire & Brimstone
The backstory to our piece about a controversial new fire study, and a wildfire travelogue
West of 100: Fire & Brimstone
West of 100: Fire & Brimstone
The backstory to Emily Guerin's report on the scientific debate over how "normal" severe fire is, and a travelogue from the Gila Wilderness in the wake of this year's massive blaze.
Grand Canyon floods and native fish
Grand Canyon floods and native fish
Scientists thought periodic, controlled floods in the Grand Canyon might help native fish. But so far, there's little evidence they have.
Salvation for our dam nation?
Salvation for our dam nation?
Although dam removals are occurring across the West, they're the exception more than the rule. And some dwindling species, like pallid sturgeon, may not be able to wait for our rivers to return to normal.
Cracking the ozone code in Utah's gas fields
Cracking the ozone code in Utah's gas fields
Can gas drilling and clean air co-exist?
Conventioneering
Convention rhetoric spotlights the ever-widening divide between Republicans and Democrats on the environment
Beyond ozone
Researchers attempt to tease out the health effects of emissions from oil and gas drilling.
New podcast, all about drought
An oral history of the 1950s drought, and a new study on the 2000 - 2004 drought, and how it stacks up against what we can expect in the future
West of 100: Droughts past, present and future
West of 100: Droughts past, present and future
An oral history of the 1950s drought in West Texas, and a look at what the 2000 to 2004 drought could portend for the future.
Global warming, local politics
Los Angeles blazes new trails in climate adaptation
Not "pristine", but still wild and unpredictable
Not "pristine", but still wild and unpredictable
In this new, human-dominated epoch, the "Anthropocene," every attempt at restoration is likely to be filled with tough and risky choices.
New podcast: The ski industry and climate change
The industry should do more to address its biggest threat
The ski industry, climate hawk?
The ski industry, climate hawk?
Aspen Skiing Company Sustainability VP Auden Schendler, and professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones on why ski corporations and pro athletes should step up to the climate crisis -- and how they can do it.
New podcast: Sun Tunnels, hitchhiking, the modern hobo
Just in time for summer travel season, we spend this episode of West of 100 wandering the West
Dear monsoon, please materialize
Could the drought-wildfire cycle be even more vicious than we imagined?
Three days in southwest New Mexico
Three days in southwest New Mexico
Santa Fe may be too ritzy for its britches, but the funky, far-flung towns of southern New Mexico still have that special "spice" that makes the state unique.
The Excursions Episode
The Excursions Episode
Thought-provoking jaunts to inspire your own Western wanderings this summer: a visit to Utah's Sun Tunnels; a peek into modern hobo culture; and a beginner's guide to hitchhiking.
Old and foul-mouthed
A good rule of thumb for measuring pollution from power plants: the older, the dirtier
The ideological war against renewable energy
Republicans attack one of their own sacred cows -- the military -- for diversifying its energy supply
New podcast: There's (still) gold in them thar hills!
The latest episode of HCN's new monthly podcast, West of 100, is now available. Tune in -- it's free!
High Country News Classifieds
  • DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
    This newly created position with The Nature Conservancy's Colorado River Program will play a key role in the development and implementation of strategies to achieve...
  • PROGRAM OFFICER, INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES, NOVO FOUNDATION
    The Foundation NoVo Foundation acts from the original meaning of philanthropy: the love of humanity. The Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a global social transformation...
  • ARMY OF THE DOG
    A new generation of monkey wrenchers hits the Front Range?
  • ANNIE CLARK TANNER FELLOWSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES
    The Tanner Humanities Center and the Environmental Humanities Program of the University of Utah seek an environmental writer to offer classes in Utahs Environmental Humanities...
  • ALASKA STATE DIRECTOR
    The Wilderness Society works to protect Wildlands and inspire Americans to care for our public lands. We seek to hire a strategic, experienced leader who...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Idaho Conservation League (ICL) seeks an individual to lead this 45-year-old organization as executive director, to carry on ICLs work as Idahos leading voice...
  • IDAHO RIVERFRONT:
    2+ acres, 400+ feet on Snake River, 2800 sf residence, NWF-certified wildlife habitat, excellent hunting, fishing, birdwatching, stargazing, sunsets & panoramic views. In the heart...
  • WILDEARTH GUARDIANS IS EXPANDING - THREE JOB OPENINGS
    Guardians is expanding and looking for a few great people to join us in protecting and restoring the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health...
  • SUNNYSIDE MARKET SEEKS NEW PROPRIETOR
    Organic grocery/cafe at Glacier Bay needs a vibrant leader. Love good food, community, and Alaska? Join us!
  • NO INDIVIDUAL HEROES: OURAY MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM
    Ouray County, Colorado, a popular tourist destination, has dramatic mountains and amazing winter ice climbing. Challenging terrain and high altitude can push visitors to their...
  • CALIFORNIA PROGRAM ASSOCIATE - TAHOE AREA
    National conservation organization seeks a regular, full-time California Program Associate-Tahoe Area. Position works closely with California-based program staff and National Forest Foundation staff to provide...
  • CALIFORNIA PROGRAM COORDINATOR - TAHOE AREA
    National conservation organization seeks a regular, full-time California Program Coordinator-Tahoe Area. Position works closely with California-based program staff and National Forest Foundation staff to provide...
  • CALIFORNIA PROGRAM MANAGER - TAHOE AREA
    National conservation organization seeks a regular, full-time California Program Manager-Tahoe Area. Position works closely with California-based program staff and National Forest Foundation staff to provide...
  • CALIFORNIA PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, SOUTHERN CA
    National conservation organization seeks a regular, full-time California Program Associate-Southern CA. Position works closely with California-based program staff and National Forest Foundation staff to provide...
  • THE BOOK OF BARLEY -
    Collector's Item! The story of barley, the field crop. 50 years of non-fiction research. www.barleybook.com
  • TEMPORARY ASSISTANT EDITOR
    Are you a climber and a writer who is passionate about mountain literature? Do you love searching through old alpine journals for stories of esoteric...
  • OWN YOUR OWN CANYON - 1400 SF STRAW-BALE ECO-HOME ON 80 ACRES - 3 HOURS FROM L.A.
    1400 sf of habitable space in a custom-designed eco-home created and completed by a published L.A. architect in 1997-99. Nestled within its own 80-acre mountain...
  • GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP DIRECTOR
    Great Old Broads for Wilderness seeks a full-time grassroots leadership director to oversee all aspects of the Grassroots Leadership Program. This includes ongoing development of...
  • RIVER TRIP LEADER & EDUCATOR
    Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) is a growing nonprofit organization fostering community stewardship of our National Conservation Lands with a focus on Dominguez-Escalante, Gunnison Gorge and...
  • RIVER GUIDE AND EDUCATOR
    Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) is a growing nonprofit organization fostering community stewardship of our National Conservation Lands with a focus on Dominguez-Escalante, Gunnison Gorge and...