Items by Robyn Morrison

Putting the 40th Anniversary Blog to Bed
HCN is now 41, so it's time to get on with another four decades of reporting and inspiring debate in the West.
Cows, coyotes and a revelation
Twenty years ago, Ed Marston found reform taking root in the West
From prom queens to dam dialogue
The Marstons prodded the West to sit down and talk
What about Watt?
A look back at James Watt's undoing of Interior
The summer the dam almost didn't
A look back to 1983 when the Colorado River almost tore out Glen Canyon Dam
Pack the truck.....we're headed to Colorado
HCN trades small town Wyoming for small town Colorado
Psssst…everyone… jobs in North Dakota.
North Dakota's oil fields are booming….is this 1982 or 2010?
Out of tragedy, High Country News soldiers on
A devastating car crash in 1978 results in another miracle for the institution
An age-old story of the high cost of coal
Coal mine disaster is a stark reminder of the human costs of energy production.
Readers wield their fiery pens
One thing hasn't changed in 40 years - HCN readers instigate lively debate
Forged on a Rough Frontier
Founder Tom Bell's successors try to strike a chord among a broader audience across the West.
The Crusade Continues
A young couple is tapped to fill a 'big set of Vibrams'
What Tom Bell Had to Say
Candid words from a feisty, cowboy-hat-wearing eco-nut of the '70's.
The First Scrappy Years
How High Country News was resurrected ... twice.
Tom Bell, Spaghetti Westerns and HCN
40 years ago Wyoming rancher and wildlife biologist Tom Bell set the tone for High Country News
They say it's your birthday
High Country News turns 40.
Riding the middle path
A homegrown consensus effort called the Owyhee Initiative is trying to save both wilderness and ranching in southwestern Idaho – but in the polarized Bush era, consensus is often controversial
Climbers: More than just fun-hogs?
The Access Fund says it’s out to prove that climbers care about the environment, but some say that the group’s tactics are no different from any wise-use group’s
One park clamps down on climbers
Hueco Tanks State Historic Site near El Paso, Texas, had to enact strict regulations governing climbing after the area’s rock art was vandalized
Who’s managing climbers?
A look at popular climbing areas around the West shows both the problems – and the solutions – inspired by the popularity of rock climbing
Invasion of the rock jocks
Bishop, Calif., is a hot spot for the lively new sport of bouldering, but some fear that the new generation of rock-climbers is short on environmental ethics, treating nature as little more than an outdoor climbing gym
A small-town mayor challenges developers
Erie, Colo., one of the country’s fastest-growing communities, is trying to slow development down, with the help of a controversial anti-growth mayor, Barbara Connors.
As the dust settles
Michael Brown’s documentary, Dust to Dust, tells the story of Libby, Mont., and the struggle of its people against deadly disease caused by asbestos-laced dust from a vermiculate mine
Conservation pays off in a desert town
Residents of Castle Valley, Utah, are working with the state trust lands agency to find a way to preserve open space while also raising more money for schools
Logging for water creates a buzz
In Colorado, a long-dead notion to clear-cut forests to increase water runoff is resurrected in a time of drought.
One Colorado county takes a stand
Poor but coal-rich Delta County, Colo., made history when its county commissioners, responding to a determined citizens' movement, voted to deny four coalbed methane test wells and attach conditions to the drilling of a fifth.
Land plan attracts an anti-grazing gorilla
A draft plan by Moffat County, Colo., commissioners to turn over control of 1.7 million acres of federal land to local trustees draws the ire of environmentalist Jon Marvel of the Western Watersheds Project.
Spilling salt into rivers
The Southern Ute Tribe is upset with Colorado state officials for issuing a permit to allow two coalbed-methane wells to spill polluted water into the Florida River, upstream from the tribe.
Dunes shifts toward park status
Residents of Colorado's San Luis Valley are pleased at the prospect of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument adding the neighboring Baca Ranch and becoming a national park.
Church aims to purchase public land
The Mormon Church is working to purchase a national historic site along the Oregon Trail in Wyoming, where nearly 200 Mormon pioneers died in the winter of 1856.
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