A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
Tribal water compact moving through Montana legislature
Tribal water compact moving through Montana legislature
But the bill stirs up longstanding criticism of basic tribal sovereignty.
Voters pummel planning, ban new elk farms
Among the Western election results highlighted are the failure of anti-sprawl initiatives in Colorado and Arizona, a ban on game farms in Montana, and legislative races in Montana, Idaho, Utah and Colorado.
A 'most improbable scenerio' has come to pass
HCN's political columnist considers the recent, weird and not-quite-finished election, and suggests that if George Bush turns out to be the winner, he will have to govern from the middle, which could prove good news for the environment.
CARA's not quite the girl she used to be
Despite its tremendous original support, CARA (the Conservation and Resource Act of 1999) has come through Congress much changed and reduced.
Third-party votes count for plenty
The writer defends the history of third parties and the reasons to vote for them.
In presidential politics, the West has a bad hand
A longtime political observer explains how it is that a huge region like the West has a rather minimal influence on national presidential elections.
Democrats see the light in Montana
November's elections may be a political watershed for Montana, with a possible power shift to moderate yet progressive-minded Democrats in Congress and the governor's office.
Remembering an establishment revolutionary
Remembering the late John Sawhill, president of the Nature Conservancy, whose unique blend of environmental fervor and ability to schmooze with the rich helped to make his group the nation's largest conservation organization.
Floyd Dominy: An encounter with the West's undaunted dam-builder
An interview with legendary BuRec director Floyd Dominy reveals a man proud of the dams and water supply projects he built throughout the West - especially Glen Canyon Dam and its "most wonderful lake in the world, Lake Powell."
BLM’s new fracking rules strike middle ground
BLM’s new fracking rules strike middle ground
But they're unlikely to resolve today's fierce skirmishes over oil and gas development.
Will public-lands ranchers pay more for grazing?
Will public-lands ranchers pay more for grazing?
An Obama administration proposal would more than double fees.
Farewell, Marc Reisner
With the recent untimely death of Marc Reisner, the West loses a man of independence and integrity, as well as a writer whose book "Cadillac Desert" helped to change the nation's view of Western water and water projects.
Can 'property rightsniks' stop a popular bill?
The Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 2000, which would guarantee permanent funding for 15 years for buying land for conservation, has broad support but still faces an interesting dance through a complicated Congress.
The U.S. isn't dead yet
Despite all the anti-federal talk, especially in the West, the government is still in place, and still trying to do its job.
Notes from a fence-sitter
An environmentalist with a Wyoming ranching background tries to find common ground between greens and cowboys who both love the land.
The West's power game
In the changing political and socio-economic realities of the West, different groups need to learn to listen to each other.
Beyond the Revolution
In the Interior West, politicians must work with federal agencies and let go of fading extractive industries, if the region is to thrive as part of the nation and not be overrun by Bruce Babbitt's new national monuments.
Learning to think like a region
As regionalism grows, Westerners find that environmental issues have less and less to do with political boundaries.
In search of a politics of union
In the West, a search for the politics of union is threatened by runaway litigation and advocacy groups that refuse to compromise.
The beauty of self-reliance
Bike-shop owner Portia Masterson meets Paonia bike-cop Neal Schwieterman.