Get a taste of the American West with a trial to HCN

What magazine­ -- GET A TRIAL -- published in the tiny mining and ranching town of Paonia, Colorado, commands the fierce attention of senators, cabinet members and editors of the leading newspapers in the country?

The answer is High Country News

In 1983, High Country News moved from its hometown of Lander, Wyoming, to the even smaller town of Paonia, Colorado, reaffirming the paper’s rural Western tradition. As word spread of this unique newspaper-journal hybrid, readership grew. So did the scope of HCN’s coverage.

Today, the members of HCN’s small staff, along with our interns and the dozens of freelance journalists strategically scattered across our 11-state regional beat, continue its mission to foster a Western environmental ethic. We do it by covering land use, water, climate change and other environmental issues with depth and an even hand. We do it by acknowledging that the West’s rapidly changing communities must find ways to thrive without destroying the landscape around them. And we do it by celebrating in words and photographs the West’s amazing diversity of life, from forests -- aspen, juniper, redwood, pine -- and sagebrush plains to grizzly bears and ranchers, river rafters and even retirees.

Why you?

As someone interested in knowing the American West, you're being invited to try out High Country News for FREE! We believe you're the type of person High Country News is written and designed for: independent, intelligent, aware. Someone who loves the West and all its rugged beauty -- someone who understands the essential role we play as stewards and guardians of the land, air and water surrounding us.

You can make a difference. Let High Country News -- the magazine People called "the conscience of the West" -- show you how.

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