Issues

Obama and the West
Obama and the West
Not everybody is happy, but the Obama administration is making slow but steady progress in dealing with the West's environmental issues.
Serendipity in the Desert
Serendipity in the Desert
Kane County, Utah, heart of the Sagebrush Rebellion and an off-road vehicle paradise, is also home to a growing number of environmentalists, hikers and animal lovers.
California Dreamin'
California Dreamin'
Will there ever be enough water in California's Bay Delta to satisfy farmers, keep fish alive and quench the thirst of millions of people?
Toxic Past, Toxic Present
Toxic Past, Toxic Present
Long-banned pesticides linger in the soils of neighborhoods built on former agricultural land in central Washington.
Hardrock Showdown
Hardrock Showdown
In southern Arizona, the Forest Service is debating whether to defy the 1872 Mining Law and stop a controversial copper mine.
Dr. No
Dr. No
Tom Coburn and James Inhofe came to power with the help of Oklahoma's religious conservatives.
Lynch-Mob Politics
Lynch-Mob Politics
It's not the Old West, it's our guide to this year's Western elections -- tracking how the rising anger threatens to overcome many voters' moderate streak.
Dancing with Climate Change
Dancing with Climate Change
In California's White Mountains, scientists ponder the fate of bristlecone pines and butterflies in a rapidly warming world.
Migration
Migration
The pull of instinct, season and desire
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.
Young, All-American, Illegal
Young, All-American, Illegal
Young undocumented immigrants thrive in the U.S. -- until they turn 18, and the law cracks down.
The Fiery Touch
The Fiery Touch
Wildfire arsonist Raymond Oyler is tried for murder after five firefighters die in California's Esperanza Fire.
The Ute Paradox
The Ute Paradox
The Southern Utes overcame poverty and oppression to become a wealthy and powerful tribe with nationwide energy holdings.
Immersed in the Wild
Immersed in the Wild
An "open-water" swimmer describes the exhilarating challenge of swimming for very long distances in very cold water.
One Tough Sucker
One Tough Sucker
Human beings are the greatest threat -- and the only hope -- for the Colorado River's razorback sucker.
Accidental Wilderness
Accidental Wilderness
Washington's Hanford Site and New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range both hold deadly nuclear contamination -- along with unspoiled landscapes rich in wildlife.
The Secret Lives of River Guides
The Secret Lives of River Guides
Every spring, Grand Canyon boatmen meet for an educational seminar -- and a rousing good time.
Nevada's Pot of Gold
Nevada's Pot of Gold
Maps and statistics reveal the effects Nevada's gold-mining has on taxes and employment, among other things.
The Butterfly Sting
The Butterfly Sting
In a long, nerve-racking undercover operation, a federal wildlife agent brought down one of the world’s most notorious rare-insect traffickers.
Mobile Nation
Mobile Nation
Every winter in Quartzsite, Ariz., tens of thousands of RVers form an impromptu community in the desert.
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