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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.
Blood Quantum
Blood Quantum
Blood quantum – the complicated system that determines membership in most American Indian tribes – could threaten the future survival of those tribes.
What a mess
What a mess
High Country News examines the Bush administration's effects on the Western environment and considers what can be done to heal the damage.
Out in the cold
Out in the cold
When Julene Bair sold the family farm, she severed her lifelong connections with a sense of place and her own childhood.
Ultimate solution?
Ultimate solution?
Southern California wants to use desalination to increase its water supply, but critics think the idea should be taken with a grain of salt.
Still Howling Wolf
Still Howling Wolf
Ranchers and environmentalists in Wyoming are still squabbling over wolves as the animal bounces on and off the endangered species list.
Prophets and politics
Prophets and politics
Type: The Mormon Church works to ban gay marriage in California, even as gay people in places like Rexburg, Idaho, come out of the LDS closet.
Back to the future
Back to the future
A long time ago, the earth warmed considerably; now, scientists study fossils to find out what happened – and what it might mean for us today.
Reclaiming the low country
Reclaiming the low country
Jared Farmer speaks in praise of Utah’s neglected “low country” landscapes – places like Utah Lake.
Hot Wheels
Hot Wheels
In the quest for the ultimate firefighting machine, the BLM in Nevada has turned to some very big, very strange, and very foreign vehicles: Unimogs from Germany and Tatras from the Czech Republic.
Trouble in (Private) Paradise
Trouble in (Private) Paradise
Steve and Marc Jenson have ambitious plans to turn a failed ski resort near Beaver, Utah, into a private enclave for the ultra-rich, but not everyone is thrilled about the idea.
Hostile Takeover
Hostile Takeover
Barred owls are driving threatened spotted owls out of their Northwest forest territory. Is it time to shoot them?
A fractured party
A fractured party
The Grand Old Party will either find a new life – or court self-destruction – in the West today, where moderates and hard-liners are battling over conservation issues.
Peace on the Klamath
Peace on the Klamath
For years, Native Americans, fishermen and farmers have battled over the Klamath River in southern Oregon and Northern California, but finally a complicated truce is in the works.
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