Issues

Reusing and recycling wastes: Kicking the garbage habit
Reusing and recycling wastes: Kicking the garbage habit
Faced with growing volumes of trash, states like Connecticut and Oregon are leading the way with programs to reuse and recycle solid waste.
The crisis in energy: Water comes up short
The crisis in energy: Water comes up short
In Wyoming and eastern Montana, plans for harnessing the Powder River Basin's coal to ease the energy crisis are running into the realities of limited water supply.
The making of an energy skinflint
The making of an energy skinflint
Can citizens reduce demand by managing their energy more wisely? Experts believe they can, without greatly changing their lifestyles, if they wish.
Black clouds gather
Black clouds gather
As the energy crisis deepens, the clear skies of Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains are threatened by the extraction of vast deposits of coal.
Oil shale cost immense
Oil shale cost immense
The Department of Interior is on the eve of releasing the shackles on oil shale development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming -- but conservation organizations are worried that the cost to the environment will be too high.
Disaster waits in the wings, but our wastefulness continues
Disaster waits in the wings, but our wastefulness continues
Little known or understood by the average American is his prodigious use -- and waste -- of all forms of energy. So wasteful have Americans been that we now find ourselves on the brink of energy disaster.
Our land is finite ...
Our land is finite ...
Viewed in historical perspective, the disruption of our western landscape by second home developments may be of far greater importance than any other factor -- more even than strip mining for coal, oil shale and uranium.
Cody: homes on the range
Cody: homes on the range
For the past year and a half, development near Cody, Wyo., has been stalled while the county writes and adopts comprehensive zoning regulations. But developers have plans for turning a narrow strip of land abutting the Shoshone National Forest into recreational homes, condominiums, and golf courses.
"Land of Bewilderment"
"Land of Bewilderment"
For years, Streamboat Springs, Colo., showed the normal, orderly growth expected in a prosperous rural community that also caters to tourists. Now, a rush of growth has pushed condos up the sides of the mountains and transformed the community.
Off the road
Off the road
The users of more than five million off-road recreational vehicles (ORVs) -- motorcycles, four-wheelers, campers, and snowmobiles -- are having difficulty sharing the public lands with those who favor traditional forms of locomotion -- hikers, skiers, and showshoers.
We're alive and well, thank you!
We're alive and well, thank you!
HCN hasn't gone from rags to riches, exactly, but we are alive and well. Happily, it's a story not only of this paper but also you, our readers and stockholders.
The crisis in energy: stampede corralled
The crisis in energy: stampede corralled
The stampede into coal development in the northern Great Plains may be suddenly halted. Citizens and conservationists have filed suit to stop development until comprehensive analysis is made of the development's regional impacts.
Popo Agie to be considered
Popo Agie to be considered
A hearing slated for Lander could determine how much of the Popo Agie Primitive Area in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains will be set aside as future wilderness.
No more trade-offs!
No more trade-offs!
Some conservationists, myself included, are tired of trading off-one region for another. No longer do we believe that one area can be saved by simply sending the energy producers elsewhere. The energy producers will be back; they have to come back.
'I'd hate to pay for another!'
'I'd hate to pay for another!'
With the waters of Lake Powell now rising to within site of Rainbow Bridge, a battle is raging over whether the reservoir's waters will be allowed to encroach further upon the famous sandstone formation.
'Landmark' case heard
'Landmark' case heard
In a hearing concerning Wyoming's Teton National Forest, environmental groups argued that the U.S. Forest Service had not complied with the National Environmental Policy Act or its own regulations in awarding timbering contracts.
The crisis in energy: confront or cooperate?
The crisis in energy: confront or cooperate?
The energy industry is increasingly offering to cooperate with environmental groups and conduct joint studies of areas like the Powder River Basin, but many environmentalists are skeptical of the industry's intentions.
Thanks! (to our dedicated readers)
Thanks! (to our dedicated readers)
What has happened to High Country News this month is nothing short of miraculous: new subscribers and donations have put High Country News on strong footing.
Optimism reigns
Optimism reigns
The miracle may be happening. Reaction to our decision to cease publication was so swift and decisive that now, barring unforeseen circumstances, High Country News appears to be saved.
Water report analyzed
Water report analyzed
These comments on the National Water Commission's recent report are representative of the feelings of most Westerners who have no special interest in water development, irrigation projects, barge canals or dam building.
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