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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.
Rocking the Native vote
American Indians comprise a significant proportion of eligible voters in the Western swing states. Can they help swing them for Obama?
A seat at the policy table
American Indians work with the Obama campaign to raise the visibility of native issues.
Johnny Five and the bomb squad
HCN exclusive: Boulder County's Bomb Squad -- robot and all -- checks out a "suspicious package."
Protest makes waves
Led by vets against the war, a huge protest finally gets noticed at the DNC.
I fish, I hunt, I vote ... Democrat?
Sportsmen say their vote is up for grabs.
Freegin', part 2
Livin' large on a tight budget at the DNC.
Schweitzer on Bloggers, energy and guns
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer makes an appearance at the big tent to see the bloggers.
Choirs on the corner
A jolly band of locals sings "Goodnight Bush" on the streets of downtown Denver.
The many faces of protest at the DNC
From anti-abortion activists to 9/11 conspiracy theorists to Hillary supporters, the convention is hopping with protesters.
Little consensus among energy experts
From cap and trade to consumption, conventioneers struggle to find solutions.
Schweitzer speaks!
Montana Governor gets prominent place on convention agenda
Lobbypalooza, Denver '08
The convention provides an opportunity for a little honest graft.
Gratuitous Celebrity (and editor) Photo
Yes. Even High Country News editors fall under the spell of celebrities from time to time.
Drill Here. Drill Now. Part II
Democrats' voices on energy drowned out by ... protesters.
Freegin' the Convention
HCN does the Convention on the cheap.
It's not all about parties and rallies.
Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less?
There are nuggets of substance buried in the Convention circus. But is anyone listening?
The Las Vegas of Politics
When the convention comes to Denver, it feels a bit like another Western city.
The entrepreneurs
How to make a buck on the streets of the DNC.
Walking for Obama
Young voter shows her colors in Republican community.
The High Country News team has landed in Denver. Stay tuned for more under-the-radar coverage from the Democratic National Convention.
Winning the West: HCN @ the DNC
Tune in to Aug. 25-28 for unconventional coverage from Denver
The Roan lease price was high, but not high enough
Ritter: "Sad day for Colorado."
Smoke Trails
How the timber industry controls public opinion about wildfire and the role of logging in reducing or exacerbating wildfire risk.
Kiss your tail goodbye, desert pupfish
A Bush administration proposal to change Endangered Species Act regulations is bad news for listed species.
Celebrating local history
Commemorating Juan Bautista de Anza, famous in California but obscure in Colorado.
Not a moment too soon
Paul Hoffman, a high-ranking Interior official, resigns -- leaving a mucky trail of pro-business, pro-religion decisions.
Owl be seeing you, too
SF Chronicle discovers High Country News.
Southern California's Briny Beast
Another step is made toward restoring the sickly Salton Sea.
Owl tales
Spotted owls, barred owls and endangered species politics
Learning from tourists
Slowpoke drivers may be annoying, but they remind us to enjoy what we have around us.
What the frac' is in those fluids
The information is proprietary, but what we do know is bad enough.
Fate of four Klamath River dams under negotiation
PacifiCorp has signaled willingness to remove the dams, but who will pay?
Does Tom Udall put families before fish? NO!
Will Steve Pearce's hippie-hating anti-environmentalism win the hearts and minds of New Mexico voters?
Truth - the newest Klamath casualty
Is demonizing PacifiCorp and bending the truth necessary to get the dams out?
On Truth, Fiction and White Guilt
Unraveling what’s going on in Klamath River Country and when white journalists report on Indians
Hula in the high country
Archaeologists uncover a Polynesian ghost town in the Utah desert.
Agricultural water pollution on the line
Bush Administration tries again to work around Clean Water Act.
Denver to vote on impounding immigrants' cars
Just one more way to say "Go home."
Senate Dems call for resignation of EPA's Johnson
Boxer and others cite "special interests over the American people's interests."
Survival or bust
Moving endangered species to more hospitable habitat, in the face of a changing climate.
Utah fishermen no longer required to levitate
Apparently the right to use a river includes the right to touch the bottom.
Las Vegas offers rural Nevada the dry end of the straw
Four valleys down, one to go in Las Vegas's bid for rural groundwater.
Built from the ground up, not a pixel transferred, not a line of code spared.
The many faces of rural America
Four types, ranging from the affluent to the impoverished.
set categories
Why Bush promotes drilling ANWR
How the earth's despoilers control the environmental establishment.
One way to look at $4 gas
When you consider the long and complex process, it doesn't seem like such a bad deal.
Enviros go to court in a last-ditch effort to save the Roan
Conservation groups cite BLM's "mindless devotion to industry's demands"
A mouse divided
Is it worth protecting only half the population of a threatened subspecies?
Utah ultra-conservatives kill a RINO
A Republican congressman loses his primary after angering the anti-immigration right.
Oregon federal forest bills won't reduce fire risk or restore forests
Ron Wyden and Peter DeFazio are planning legislation to protect Old Growth while accelerating "thinning" on Oregon's national forests.
Wanted: Dead or Mostly Dead
Court ruling gives Forest Service power over life and death, subject to public review.
Land grant claims won't go away
160 years later New Mexico's land grant heirs are still trying to recover lost lands.
Knee high by the Fourth of July
Growing corn in the interior West ain't no picnic.
Of vocabulary and the Fourth
Somewhere there must be an inclusive word for one who cherishes the country without turning it into a fatherland, motherland or homeland.
Of parks and particulates
EPA proposes relaxing pollution rules in nation's parks.
There's one man's veto Congress can't override
That would be Chuck Norris, "Walker, Texas Ranger" star cum domestic drilling advocate.