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  • Eccentricity and wildness

    Eccentricity and wildness

    Western eccentrics are found underwater as well as in the high country.

  • The oil spill's upshot

    The oil spill's upshot

    The tragic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could help the environmental movement, if greens act wisely.

  • Yellowstone bison: Hazed and confused

    Yellowstone bison: Hazed and confused

    A decade-old Yellowstone management plan isn't doing much for wandering bison, or for the ranchers it's meant to protect.

  • Going to extremes

    Going to extremes

    Determined ideologues are hijacking Western politics, but some reformers are trying to change that.

  • Small wonders, big world

    Small wonders, big world

    A couple of hitherto-unknown bees are discovered in Nevada -- just two of the many new species found every year.

  • Death of an era

    Death of an era

    High Country News remembers Stewart Udall, the legendary Interior secretary.

  • Reefer politics

    Reefer politics

    The West leads the way on medical marijuana.

  • Turnover at the top

    Many environmental groups are seeing a changing of the guard, epitomized by 38-year-old activist Mike Brune's new job as head of the Sierra Club.

  • Supreme beings

    Supreme beings

    The Supreme Court's precedent-overturning ruling allowing more corporate money in politics raises the possibility that it plans to tackle the Commerce Clause next.

  • 'The environment ... is where we live'

    'The environment ... is where we live'

    A group of determined activists in Mountain View, N.M., fights for environmental justice in a poor and polluted neighborhood.

  • The federal energy two-step

    The federal energy two-step

    Oil and gas companies are furious with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, but environmentalists wonder if he’ll go far enough in restraining the industry.

  • A "shock jock" in Montana has a great fall

    A "shock jock" in Montana has a great fall

    Controversial right-wing "shock jock" John Stokes loses his Montana radio station in a battle over bankruptcy.

  • 'The West's Biggest Bully' gets his

    'The West's Biggest Bully' gets his

    Controversial right-wing "shock jock" John Stokes loses his Montana radio station in a battle over bankruptcy.

  • The roadless rule's ground game

    Excerpts from Tom Turner's chronicle of the roadless rule's creation give the inside scoop on how the rule was crafted.

  • The Wicked Witch of the West

    The Wicked Witch of the West

    Cheyenne lawyer Harriet Hageman has relentlessly fought the roadless rule for nearly a decade.

  • The roadless rule ground game

    Excerpts from Tom Turner's chronicle of the roadless rule give the inside scoop on how the rule was crafted.

  • Roadless-less

    Roadless-less

    Judge Clarence Brimmer is determined to bring down Clinton's roadless forest rule, which has been mired in lawsuits ever since its controversial birth.

  • Parties 'R' Some Of Us

    Parties 'R' Some Of Us

    Despite the economic slump, Western party-throwing companies are doing well, especially when it comes to throwing fancy weddings.

  • Our best idea

    Our best idea

    A family trip out West in 1959, when he was 9 years old, inspired Dayton Duncan to make a new documentary series with Ken Burns, called The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

  • Is Obama's goal of diversity trumping other goals?

    Is Obama's goal of diversity trumping other goals?

    Three recent Obama nominations have drawn flak from environmentalists.

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