Items by Paul Larmer

Looking for leaders
Looking for leaders
Our thanks to retiring board members and a quest for new people to help the organization set course.
Farewell to HCN’s editor-in-chief
Farewell to HCN’s editor-in-chief
After five years at the helm, Brian Calvert is off to the next big thing.
An old colleague — and a new executive director
An old colleague — and a new executive director
High Country News gets a new trail guide.
Who has access to the West?
Who has access to the West?
… and how does it change our views of this place?
High Country News gets an overhaul
High Country News gets an overhaul
The magazine refreshes its brand and frequency as we plunge into the future.
The time is right for new leadership at HCN
The time is right for new leadership at HCN
As the organization enters its 50th year, we prepare for the future.
California’s contradictions embody the West
California’s contradictions embody the West
From progressive policies to bumper-to-bumper traffic, the Golden State is larger than a sum of its parts.
Development in Bozeman and the basin
Development in Bozeman and the basin
The West continues to morph from growth and climate change.
On the Road to 50: Stitching the Northwest back together
On the Road to 50: Stitching the Northwest back together
The past, present and future of the West, and HCN’s coverage of the region.
On the Road to 50: A grand beginning
On the Road to 50: A grand beginning
It’s a dangerous and promising time. HCN seeks to tell the many stories of the West.
The persistent trampling of the West
The persistent trampling of the West
Environmental laws are one way to force people to consider their actions.
The West is large enough to host contradictions
The West is large enough to host contradictions
Embrace incongruity, both domesticated and the wonderfully wild.
Nuclear’s long odds
Nuclear’s long odds
Climate change is here, but nuclear power as a solution faces economical and historical challenges.
Can two quintessential Western booms co-exist?
Can two quintessential Western booms co-exist?
The friction between Colorado’s growing population and gas-drilling infrastructure remains explosive, sometimes literally.
Ed Marston’s fierce love transformed the West
Ed Marston’s fierce love transformed the West
How the man who ‘just wanted to write’ created an institution.
In a desolate place, will a modern pioneer last?
In a desolate place, will a modern pioneer last?
There are many ways a determined outsider can transform a place.
When a lie is a lie
When a lie is a lie
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is trying to incite fear and hate, rather than solve complex problems.
The desert in our dreams of empire
The desert in our dreams of empire
Flood and drought have shaped the West, and humans are often unprepared.
We’re covering more of the West
We’re covering more of the West
The staff takes on a more geographically dispersed model of organization.
To truly understand the West, peek beyond the beautiful scenery
To truly understand the West, peek beyond the beautiful scenery
The complex layers of history that underlie our region include both ugliness and beauty.
Wild country
Wild country
Western mythology still holds tremendous sway.
A long tradition of oppression and perserverence
A long tradition of oppression and perserverence
From the Bundys to #NoDAPL, protest movements in the West thrive.
Marginalized and houseless in the West
We need a better social contract with wildfire
We need a better social contract with wildfire
The 2017 fire season has made it clear our current policies don’t work.
Where is the forest-restoration economy?
Where is the forest-restoration economy?
The budget-starved Forest Service gives jobs to the lowest bidder instead of local communities.
Migrations, old and new
Migrations, old and new
Humans have always trekked paths to new places.
When solar eclipses coal
When solar eclipses coal
A solar eclipse comes to the West as solar energy surges past coal.
The Anthropocene: Our self-inflicted wound
The Anthropocene: Our self-inflicted wound
On getting past fear and toward a philosophy more useful.
Why we’re drawn to trails
Why we’re drawn to trails
On the kinship between walkers.
Remember, we’ve seen this before
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