High Country News - Writers on the Range

Floating past ghosts on the Green River
The writer describes a river-rafting trip through the Cataract Canyon on the Green River in Utah.
Don’t write off this story yet
The Salton Sea might appear to be dying, but like many another story in the West, it isn’t over with yet.
Men with boots
The transformation of once-scrappy mining towns like Silverton, Colo., and Superior, Ariz., into trendy tourist havens is bound to leave the locals with mixed feelings and some nostalgia.
Time to call the gas industry’s bluff
Randy Udall says Colorado needs to act now to collect severance taxes from the natural gas companies that are making a fortune from the state.
A bad idea hits the gas pumps
Dustin Heron Urban has declared war on the little black stickers at gas stations that announce the availability of ethanol.
Planning for uncertainty
A Phoenix symposium on dealing with drought and global warming echoes the larger uncertainties facing public-land and national park managers throughout the West.
Where do you draw the line?
Todd Wilkinson wonders what it would take to get Westerners to act against the destruction of our landscape.
An energy oasis in the political desert
The Interior West’s growing political voice – and its status as the nation’s energy supplier – mean presidential candidates need to see the region as more than campaign flyover country.
Canis fiasco
A chaotic effort to restore Mexican wolves in New Mexico and a problem with too many elk in Colorado are two facets of the same problem: Our propensity to manage nature in very unnatural ways.
Becoming a native
In a West made up of newcomers, it’s hard to tell who really counts as a native – even when it comes to exotic plants such as the infamous tamarisk.
No frigate like a book
This special issue focuses on books and essays that help us understand the complex, chaotic West.
Effluent, effluent everywhere
A recent turbidity crisis in Paonia resulted in the issuance of a “boil order,” which reminded us locals how precious clean water is in the arid West.
Letter imperfect
Some of the more heated responses to Ray Ring’s gun story show a certain ignorance of general constitutional principles, but HCN loves letters and is already looking forward to readers’ reactions to the current issue’s story on carbon sequestration.
Living precariously with wolves and cattle
Bryce Andrews decides he must kill a wolf to maintain a tenuous balance in Montana
Fire: Friend and foe
Recent Western fires have cleared the stage for the rampant growth of highly flammable exotic plants such as cheatgrass and the buffelgrass now invading the Sonoran Desert
Ready, aim, compromise
With this issue on guns in the West, High Country News hopes to encourage people across the political spectrum to talk about sane gun policy rather than indulge in rabid rhetorical gunplay
Natural diversity
Wayne Hare, a black park ranger, talks about the importance of diversity for the future of the West
Global charming
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s belief that he can save the planet through hydrogen power is much like one of his movie performances – entertaining, charismatic and ultimately unrealistic
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