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Political sparring over the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Political sparring over the Land and Water Conservation Fund
A Wyoming canyon is the focal point of the dispute over the program’s future.
Washington’s Swinomish sue to halt Bakken oil trains
Washington’s Swinomish sue to halt Bakken oil trains
Many communities fight transport of crude oil through their towns; some find legal footing to succeed.
Famous Los Angeles puma holes up in residents' crawlspace
Famous Los Angeles puma holes up in residents' crawlspace
The mountain lion brings attention to the role of urban wilds.
Utah's "Grand Bargain" for public lands enters phase three
Utah's "Grand Bargain" for public lands enters phase three
Bishop pushes what may be the West's biggest reshuffle of the land checkerboard.
A street-smart chicken for your backyard
A street-smart chicken for your backyard
Dispatch from Cliven Bundy's latest gathering
Dispatch from Cliven Bundy's latest gathering
Who showed up at the one-year anniversary of the BLM standoff? Most of them weren't ranchers.
Forest Service is still in search of a mission
Forest Service is still in search of a mission
EPA loophole allows streams of wastewater in Wyoming
EPA loophole allows streams of wastewater in Wyoming
Environmentalists challenge permits that result in dumping of toxic chemicals on tribal land.
Scientists document mega Oregon-Nevada pronghorn migration
Scientists document mega Oregon-Nevada pronghorn migration
Three hikers will track ecological conditions on the route this June.
HCN writers publish books and garner awards
Plus visitors to the office and corrections.
A German’s shattered romance with the West
A German’s shattered romance with the West
An essayist asks whether the West is the most misunderstood region in the U.S.
Fire squads in Utah, metaphysical debates in Arizona politics
Fire squads in Utah, metaphysical debates in Arizona politics
Mishaps and mayhem across the West.
Children in Alaska’s barbaric country
Children in Alaska’s barbaric country
As parents, we watch our kids walk into vast new worlds — like it or not.
An outsider’s guide to insider Portland
An outsider’s guide to insider Portland
Dispatch from a dryland alien in the rainy Northwest.
Raccoonboy’s guide to urban wilds
Raccoonboy’s guide to urban wilds
When in doubt, climb; fences are made for hopping.
A wanderer’s guide to Western public lands
A wanderer’s guide to Western public lands
Cow patties, extraterrestrials and binoculars can help you figure out where you are.
International tourists in Western states, by the numbers
International tourists in Western states, by the numbers
Where they’re from, where they go and where they spend their money.