Items by Paige Blankenbuehler

Why Jon Kyl was chosen to replace John McCain
Why Jon Kyl was chosen to replace John McCain
Amid a reshuffling of Arizona’s political deck, the state’s governor makes a water-driven decision.
Agricultural interests steer Colorado’s wildlife management
Agricultural interests steer Colorado’s wildlife management
Sheep grazing in the state’s largest wilderness area could endanger a dwindling bighorn sheep herd.
See the influences behind Colorado’s wildlife commission
See the influences behind Colorado’s wildlife commission
A powerful governing board gives agricultural interests the loudest voice.
See the data behind our #NoDAPLdollars investigation
See the data behind our #NoDAPLdollars investigation
Millions of dollars were raised on GoFundMe around the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. What happened to it?
Cashing in on Standing Rock
Cashing in on Standing Rock
How Veterans Stand squandered $1.4 million raised around the #NoDAPL protests.
Why Western wildfires are getting more expensive
Why Western wildfires are getting more expensive
This year’s fire season was the costliest on record, burning more than 9 million acres.
In the wake of great tragedy, how do you find solace?
In the wake of great tragedy, how do you find solace?
In an effort to move forward from another mass shooting, we’d like to hear from you.
Key stories for understanding the monuments debate
Key stories for understanding the monuments debate
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has advised Trump to modify 10 national monuments.
In Glen Canyon, a fight against invasive grasses
In Glen Canyon, a fight against invasive grasses
A young researcher seeks to make the Southwest more resilient to climate change.
How the West experienced the solar eclipse
How the West experienced the solar eclipse
HCN readers watched from all over the country. Find out where.
What’s next for the West’s Superfund sites?
What’s next for the West’s Superfund sites?
Budget cuts threaten clean-up in the region’s most polluted areas.
Your guide to the solar eclipse
Your guide to the solar eclipse
Totality, traffic, telescopes: How ready are you for the event of the century?
A network of trails that spans the country
A network of trails that spans the country
The National Trails System, by the numbers.
New health care act would harm farmers and ranchers
New health care act would harm farmers and ranchers
Republicans unveil Senate version of health care bill.
Eight lawmakers whose bills attack public lands
Eight lawmakers whose bills attack public lands
Who are the Westerners behind bills meant to weaken federal protections of land?
How private prisons became a booming business
How private prisons became a booming business
The numbers and policies behind the immigration-incarceration economy.
Latest: Mexican wolves are about to get wild
Latest: Mexican wolves are about to get wild
An appeal court ruling allows wolves more room to roam in New Mexico.
Interior has yet to meet with Bears Ears tribal leaders
Interior has yet to meet with Bears Ears tribal leaders
Zinke is losing the faith of a tribal coalition as a monument review looms.
Trump Tower to be built within Bears Ears
Trump Tower to be built within Bears Ears
The president says new monument is a ‘yuge’ investment opportunity.
When private pain becomes a community problem
When private pain becomes a community problem
How a rural clinic sparked a small-town addiction crisis.
Welcome Maya L. Kapoor
Welcome Maya L. Kapoor
New faces at the headquarters; catching up on old errors.
Latest: GOP House rules loosen land transfer regs
Latest: GOP House rules loosen land transfer regs
The rule would let the feds transfer land without accounting for costs.
How many Westerners does the Affordable Care Act cover?
How many Westerners does the Affordable Care Act cover?
As Republicans push Obamacare repeal, Montana stands to lose the most.
West Obsessed: Obama’s region-wide legacy
West Obsessed: Obama’s region-wide legacy
The staff of High Country News discuss the 44th president’s impact on the West’s land, energy and the environment.
How an ‘awakened giant’ used its power on Election Day
How an ‘awakened giant’ used its power on Election Day
In the West, Latino voters did turn out—just not the way analysts expected.
Where will the West’s next national monument be?
Where will the West’s next national monument be?
Bears Ears isn’t the only local effort to get Obama to designate protections before he leaves office.
Defying trends, Wyoming eyes a new coal mine
Defying trends, Wyoming eyes a new coal mine
Why a small operation is forging forward despite broader industry contraction.
This election season’s unexpected power players: undocumented immigrants
This election season’s unexpected power players: undocumented immigrants
Donald Trump’s rhetoric is sparking a movement to mobilize Hispanic voters.
The shadow following Western political races
The shadow following Western political races
Nevada and Arizona attract the most “dark money” this election.
Our winning writer, and so long to a good friend
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