Issues

Lost frontier
Lost frontier
Tucson rainwater revolution, the Bakken boom closes in on a national park, a look at the West’s drought, and more.
Strangers in a Strange Land
Strangers in a Strange Land
Strangers in a strange land: the HCN annual travel issue. Cover image: A giant aluminum alien stands outside the Alien Research Center along Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway, by Finnish tourist Teemu Tuuloskorpi.
Wild Ride
Wild Ride
Lessons from the fossil fuel boom and bust in New Mexico, rock snot stream ecology, water delivery in rural Navajo communities and more.
Unite and Conquer
Unite and Conquer
Profile of the former Las Vegas water czar Pat Mulroy, solutions to rampant dust in Owen’s River Valley, community solar comes of age in the West, and more.
Chainsaw Diplomacy
Chainsaw Diplomacy
A long-standing dispute in Utah’s Escalante watershed comes to a head, wastewater spills in North Dakota oilfields, a statistician looks at the future of the shale oil boom, and more.
This Land is Their Land
This Land is Their Land
Public land access problems frustrate hikers and hunters; why greens are mad at the California governor; how balanced rocks can help us predict earthquake risk; explorations in an urban wilderness.
What Are We Thinking?
What Are We Thinking?
A High Country News special issue on the future of environmental ideas.
The Dust Detectives
The Dust Detectives
New research from dust experts, non-native goats in the La Sal Mountains, new drone laws, Navajo Nation presidential election and more.
The Great Salmon Compromise
The Great Salmon Compromise
A massive compromise to save Columbia Basin salmon, Gunnison sage grouse gets protection, pet tortoises still threaten wild ones, and a fresh look at wolves’ impacts on Yellowstone.
Transportation Transformation
Transportation Transformation
How light rail could transform Phoenix, the man who invented floating island to revive an ecosystem, and the tough questions that crude-filled trains raise in the Pacific Northwest.
Fallout
Fallout
Timberland herbicide spraying sickens a community in Oregon, a look at why the current drilling boom is more sensitive to price fluctuations than its predecessors, California's sweeping new groundwater regulations, a desert-friendly cow and more.
Defuse the West
Defuse the West
An HCN investigation into violent threats to public-land employees, analysis of the newest movement to return public land management to state government, highlights of the upcoming midterm elections and more.
Charles Bowden's Fury
Charles Bowden's Fury
A profile of the late Charles Bowden, the Southwest's strongest voice. Plus, utilities experiment with real-time response in the Pacific Northwest, and an obsessive flash flood chaser improves forecasting in Utah.
Books & Essays
Books & Essays
Our annual Books & Essays special issue is out, packed with feature essays, author profiles, new books and a fall reading list.
Lost in the Woods
Lost in the Woods
The Forest Service struggles with its biggest restoration project yet, fireflies are rediscovered in Utah, California drought and more.
Alaska's Uncertain Food Future
Alaska's Uncertain Food Future
Climate change threatens food security in parts of Alaska, Colorado’s fracking fight, prickly pears are farmed in California, a coal mine expansion is halted in a surprising climate court case, and more.
Idaho's Sewer System
Idaho's Sewer System
The Snake River is used as a sewer system for Big Ag in Idaho, temperature predictions for Western cities in 2100, women in the legislature and potential protection for wolverines in an era of climate change.
On the Wild Edge
On the Wild Edge
Reflections on wilderness at 50, Craig Childs riding with motorheads in Utah, and what a historic moment for the Clean Air Act means for climate.
River of No Return
River of No Return
A close look at Seattle’s embattled Duwamish Waterway and the superfund cleanup that has the chance to bring it back to life, tribes get in the payday lending game, divers explore underwater national park treasures, and more.
Border Out of Control
Border Out of Control
National security runs roughshod over the Arizona desert, a radioactive leak in New Mexico makes the future of nuclear waste disposal even more elusive, wolverines, brine shrimp, and more.
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