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Technology is cropping up in our lettuce fields
Technology is cropping up in our lettuce fields
In Yuma, Arizona, agriculture has embraced technology to increase yield.
California’s backcountry drug war
California’s backcountry drug war
Dangerous drug cartels are growing pot on public lands—putting wildlife, water supplies, and outdoor enthusiasts at grave risk.
In Los Angeles, Trump edicts spread confusion
In Los Angeles, Trump edicts spread confusion
Who is welcome in today’s America?
Why the West will continue to green without the Clean Power Plan
Why the West will continue to green without the Clean Power Plan
The region is poised for more renewable energy and less coal.
How Zinke’s lead bullet ruling fails the West
How Zinke’s lead bullet ruling fails the West
How toxic lead fragments follow wildlife from wilderness onto our dinner plates.
What should a community do to protect its immigrants?
What should a community do to protect its immigrants?
A conservative county in Colorado grapples over a new political reality for its refugee and immigrant residents.
West Obsessed: How Forest Service agents busted a maple-poaching gang
West Obsessed: How Forest Service agents busted a maple-poaching gang
The writers and editors of High Country News discuss Washington’s timber crime.
Sportsmen pull public-lands politics to the center
Sportsmen pull public-lands politics to the center
As threats intensify, sportsmen emerge as a persuasive voice.
Week in review: March 24
Week in review: March 24
Keystone permit OK’d, Utah solar incentives rollback and white nose in Texas; plus HCN reading recommendations.
It’s OK to be cautious in the wild
It’s OK to be cautious in the wild
Where to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable risks.
The rural programs threatened by Trump’s budget
The rural programs threatened by Trump’s budget
The rural West may have helped elect Trump, but his vision leaves them behind.
California’s desert wildflowers burst into bright ‘super bloom’
California’s desert wildflowers burst into bright ‘super bloom’
Following the ideal combination of rain, sun and wind, blossoms abound.
Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable
Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable
Elliott State Forest shows the difficult balance between profit and conservation.
West Obsessed: Travel stories, far and wide
West Obsessed: Travel stories, far and wide
The staff of High Country News discuss the places that make us feel small.
Latest: At Hanford, allegations of worker intimidation
Latest: At Hanford, allegations of worker intimidation
The Superfund site has been in clean-up since 1989.
Latest: At Hanford, allegations of worker intimidation
Latest: At Hanford, allegations of worker intimidation
The Superfund site has been in clean-up since 1989.
Oil expected in Dakota Access Pipeline this week
Oil expected in Dakota Access Pipeline this week
What ongoing legal battles tell us about protections for religious freedoms and government consultation with tribes.
The dog turds lurking on our trails
The dog turds lurking on our trails
A poop awareness campaign unleashed a lot of anger — some of it unexpected.
California wants to give dispirited federal workers a job
California wants to give dispirited federal workers a job
Why the state’s utility commission is recruiting EPA, Energy employees.
The battle over Montana’s vacant House seat
The battle over Montana’s vacant House seat
A banjo-playing Democrat and a tech-industry Republican are fighting to fill Ryan Zinke’s spot.