Issues

Dueling Claims
Dueling Claims
A tribal attempt to protect New Mexico’s Mount Taylor spawns a bitter struggle over uranium mining, religious differences and dueling historical claims to an ancient landscape.
After the Floods
After the Floods
Thousands of years ago, the Ice Age Floods reshaped the landscape of eastern Washington, along with our knowledge of geology.
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.
The newest Westerners
The newest Westerners
Refugees struggle to find a home in an unfamiliar land.
Silenced Springs?
Silenced Springs?
A controversial water project planned by Las Vegas threatens the tiny inhabitants of many remote Great Basin springs.
Home
Home
How we find it; how we understand it; how we care for it.
The dark side of dairies
The dark side of dairies
Milk may have a wholesome image, but the West’s big dairies are not a healthy place for immigrants to work.
From Corn to Cabernet
From Corn to Cabernet
A burgeoning wine industry could provide a welcome economic boost to farmers on Colorado's Western Slope.
The Most Cooked-Up Catch
The Most Cooked-Up Catch
A "cap-and-trade" program for Alaskan and West Coast fisheries could save fish and take the edge off the dangerous multimillion-dollar fishing derby of the sea.
Thinking Outside the Timber Box
Thinking Outside the Timber Box
Loggers and environmental activists are determined to restore Montana’s Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, with or without the help of the Forest Service.
Let's Get Small
Let's Get Small
Can 'hamster power' -- distributed generation and small-scale renewable energy projects -- save the West, and the world?
Voyage of the Dammed
Voyage of the Dammed
A small band of enthusiasts wants to re-engineer Western waterways with the help of a humble, hardworking professional: the beaver.
The Rise of the Minotaur
The Rise of the Minotaur
Bull riding explodes from its rural Western roots to become a modern spectacle along the lines of NASCAR.
Salmon Salvation
Salmon Salvation
Obama’s new political order, backed by the legal acumen of Judge James Redden, may help the Northwest’s salmon survive and end the era of the Lower Snake River dams.
Got warriors?
Got warriors?
On Wyoming's Wind River Reservation, Stanford Addison – a quadriplegic Northern Arapaho horse gentler – helps Indian boys through their difficult teenage years.
The Desert That Breaks Annie Proulx’s Heart
The Desert That Breaks Annie Proulx’s Heart
Writer Annie Proulx takes an unsentimental view of Wyoming’s little-known and somewhat scarred Red Desert.
Innovate
Innovate
Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking, as this special issue of HCN shows.
How low will it go?
How low will it go?
If Eric Kuhn is right about the Colorado River, then the state faces a dry and difficult future of fighting for water.
The Half-life of Memory
The Half-life of Memory
A writer tries to dig up the buried history of Colorado’s Rocky Flats weapons plant, now home to a controversial wildlife refuge.
Non-navigable River Blues
Non-navigable River Blues
An obscure legal ruling muddied U.S. water-protection standards, leaving Western intermittent streams and rivers unprotected.