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  • Presidential style

    Presidential style

    Obama's nonconfrontational approach to life underlies his slow-but-steady approach to Western environmental issues.

  • A closer look at Obama's judges, federal agencies, and his approach to science and secrecy

    A closer look at Obama's judges, federal agencies, and his approach to science and secrecy

    A closer look at Obama's impact on federal judges, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Energy Department and the Forest Service, as well as his administration's approach to science and secrecy.

  • A dark moment, a glimmer of light

    A dark moment, a glimmer of light

    Despite the recent tragedy in Tucson, a sense of community blooms in the West, often in unlikely soil.

  • Diving deeper into the Bay Delta

    Diving deeper into the Bay Delta

    High Country News reporter Matt Jenkins gets his boots muddy writing about California's crazy water politics in the Bay Delta.

  • How outsiders shape the West

    How outsiders shape the West

    Oklahoma isn't part of the West, but its two Republican senators have an enormous influence on the region.

  • Oklahoma vs. the West

    Oklahoma vs. the West

    Oklahoma Republican Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe have a way of riding roughshod over the West's environmental politics.

  • Wyoming: A popular governor gets mysterious

    Wyoming: A popular governor gets mysterious

    Wyoming's popular Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal is carefully staying out of the race between his wannabe successors, Leslie Petersen and Matt Mead.

  • Utah: A Sagebrush Rebel headed for D.C.

    Utah: A Sagebrush Rebel headed for D.C.

    Right-wingers ousted wilderness-dealmaker Sen. Bob Bennett in the Republican primary, and now anti-wilderness Mike Lee will probably take his place in the Senate.

  • Montana: Utility regs and clean energy up for grabs

    A Montana populist, Ken Toole, tries to keep his seat on the Public Service Commission, while other key races involve wealthy hunters and the state Supreme Court.

  • Stringing up the Western sheriff

    Stringing up the Western sheriff

    The West has known extremist politics before, but we usually seem to end up tacking pretty close to the center.

  • Idaho: How a Democrat wins in the Northern Rockies

    Pro-business, semi-green Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick has a good chance of keeping his seat, while Idaho's Republican Party fractures over a loyalty oath.

  • Doomster chorus

    A number of recent books warn of the deadly consequences of climate change.

  • A Hell of an Anniversary

    A Hell of an Anniversary

    High Country News' founder, Tom Bell, marks our 40th anniversary with a grim prediction: The West -- and the world -- are doomed.

  • How green is Judge Molloy?

    How green is Judge Molloy?

    A pro-wolf ruling by Montana Judge Don Molloy provokes accusations that he's a "nutzoid" greenie, but he doesn't always side with environmentalists.

  • Recognizing unfairness

    Recognizing unfairness

    Young people dressed in graduation caps and gowns protest for immigration reform.

  • Some notable arson wildfire cases in the West

    Some notable arson wildfire cases in the West

    Brief descriptions of some notable arson wildfire cases in the West in the last 50 years.

  • The worst manmade wildfires

    Most Western wildfires today are caused by humans, either accidentally or deliberately.

  • The HCN mix

    The HCN mix

    High Country News will continue to cover important Western issues, and yet make room for lighter pieces about the region's culture and communities.

  • The fight for the Flathead

    The fight for the Flathead

    During the Western Governors' Association meeting in Whitefish, Mont., journalists and dignitaries flew over the threatened landscape around Glacier National Park.

  • Libby's lethal numbers

    Libby's lethal numbers

    The toll of the asbestos disaster in Libby, Mont., keeps growing.

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