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High Country News has a new website!
High Country News has a new website!
How and why we’ve changed it.
How much money is a healthy ecosystem worth?
Alaska’s Senate race and the fate of the West’s public lands
Alaska’s Senate race and the fate of the West’s public lands
Republicans look to Alaska in their bid to overtake the U.S. Senate.
Closure of federal sheep facility would be a victory for grizzlies
Summer rains in a drought-plagued state
Summer rains in a drought-plagued state
How much does a monsoon season relieve drought?
Poll shows strong Latino support for conservation
Western state highways among the most dangerous in the nation
Western state highways among the most dangerous in the nation
New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada especially hazardous for pedestrians.
Fish and Wildlife declines to list wolverines as endangered
Recreational deaths soar this summer
Recreational deaths soar this summer
Grand Canyon and Colorado rivers have record year for deaths.
Is Canada's massive mine waste spill a sign of things to come?
Critics see GOP wildfire bill as attack on environmental protections
What diabetic grizzlies can tell us about human obesity
Glacier tourists to get a dose of climate education in Alaska
Glacier tourists to get a dose of climate education in Alaska
What a melting glacier can teach cruise ship passengers.
Imminent tar sands mine incites civil disobedience in Utah
To protect hydropower, utilities will pay Colorado River water users to conserve
A test ride through Denver's light rail transit
A test ride through Denver's light rail transit
Expanding light rail gets high marks.
Rants from the Hill: Hunting for Scorpions
Rants from the Hill: Hunting for Scorpions
Seeking out one of Earth’s most ancient land invertebrates.
Was the fatal thunderstorm in California a climate phenomenon?
Colorado water users gird for first statewide plan
Colorado River Basin groundwater levels drop even faster than reservoirs
‘Lucking out’ for Wyoming’s winter smog
‘Lucking out’ for Wyoming’s winter smog
Air quality gets a boost from the state’s infamous sagebrush and wind.
The work of a Wall Street wrangler
On the Wilderness Act's 50th, a backpack into the Weminuche
On the Wilderness Act's 50th, a backpack into the Weminuche
Author ponders Wilderness Act on its 50th birthday.
In Southcentral Alaska, salmon declines are pinned on a toothy invader
Of packrat poop, creosote bush and juniper-fed lamb
Of packrat poop, creosote bush and juniper-fed lamb
Scientists find that gut bacteria can help animals digest toxic plants.
Canada’s boreal forests are burning
Canada’s boreal forests are burning
And releasing loads of carbon.
A bison boost for Native economies
Efficiency lessons from Germany
Efficiency lessons from Germany
US nearly last place for efficiency.
Washington’s new clean-water plan is a mixed bag
California gears up to fine water wasters: Should we turn our neighbors in?
This hummingbird's survival hinges on precipitation, new study shows
The water-energy nexus could become a collision in a warming world
Lake Mead watch: At lowest levels since 1937
Pebble Mine: Alaska sides with mining corporation, tribes back EPA
Rants from the Hill: “Lawn Guilt”
Rants from the Hill: “Lawn Guilt”
Rationalizing the devil’s crop
Nuclear Los Alamos, America’s best place to live?
The transformative power of... efficiency
Want a walkable community? Start with the main drag
Is the Clean Water Act under attack?
Is the Clean Water Act under attack?
Big Ag wants rollbacks in fundamental legislation.
A 700,000-gallon replica of the Sea of Cortez in the Arizona desert
BP energy review reveals lingering addiction to fossil fuels
New Mexico is getting lucky so far this fire season
Sons of Wichita: understanding the enigmatic Koch brothers
EPA carbon regulations will not destroy the electrical grid
Is immigration reform an environmental issue?
The West's crucial 2014 U.S. Senate races
Infographic: Hey, Wildlife Services — what did you kill?
Wildland firefighting takes funding from other vital programs
Railroads inch toward transparency on oil shipments
Booms have a lasting impact on towns' architectural fabric
How to cut carbon: Change the way utilities make money
Rants from the Hill: Planting the Dog
Rants from the Hill: Planting the Dog
A new ritual for sending your pet to heaven.
The suburbs didn't die — just short-circuited
As black lung spreads, a fight over miner protection
In North Dakota, signs of changing attitudes towards oil and gas development
Will big snowpack bring floods to Colorado Front Range?
Planners gird for more woes after major snows.
ESA changes could help protect sage grouse on private land
Against all odds, wolf OR7 may have found a mate
Utah denied claim to road in Canyonlands National Park
Unlikely partnership seeks to end turf wars in western Colorado
Rants from the Hill: The Moopets
Rants from the Hill: The Moopets
When even the Muppets trash your home town.
The biggest wildlife crossing you've never heard of
Use well water in oil & gas territory? There’s a guide for that
A new era of clean air regulation is dawning
Joshua trees may be migrating north in response to climate change
In an era of light pollution, the darkest skies in the West
In an era of light pollution, the darkest skies in the West
Here are some of the region’s best stargazing spots.
Corporate giant Xanterra takes over operations at Glacier National Park
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