Colorado

Don’t give up on riding the rails
Don’t give up on riding the rails
A writer muses on a recent loss of confidence in the West’s rail system.
A new structure for the Interior Department takes shape
A new structure for the Interior Department takes shape
A massive shake-up would shed senior staffers and state boundaries. Could it work?
A Western town says ‘no’ to guns in schools
A Western town says ‘no’ to guns in schools
School shootings raise a question that once seemed settled in Mancos, Colorado.
The Greening of the Plains
A conservation movement is stirring on the Great Plains, but local farmers are stuck with a harsh reality: It still pays to plow up virgin prairie
Mining law claims mountain
Crested Butte, Colo., residents are angry that the BLM has sold the mining giant Phelps Dodge 155 acres at the top of Mount Emmons – the town’s beloved "Red Lady" – for about $5 an acre
Mining town gambles on a road to riches
The rivalry between two Colorado gambling towns has led Central City to begin building a new highway to draw visitors directly to its casinos rather than to those of its more successful neighbor, Black Hawk
At home on the range with 10-year-old writers and dreamers
A teacher at a small rural school in Colorado encourages her young students to express their feelings and describe the world they live in
Wilderness up for lease
Citizen-proposed wilderness areas in the West are the latest battleground in the war over oil and gas drilling on the public lands
Buying time against the energy assault
Bidding on oil and gas leases for conservation purposes in places like Delta County, Colo., could prove to be a risky strategy, some environmentalists warn
A champion of 'cooperative conservation': Interior Secretary Gale Norton
Interior Secretary Gale Norton talks to High Country News about her "Four C’s" credo: "Communication, consultation and cooperation, all in the service of conservation"
Heard around the West
Fargo gets trendy; confrontation at the Chuck-A-Rama; Colorado tsunami; right places, wrong photos; Reagan U. bites the dust; endangered dinosaurs; Monterey County, Calif., is "birdiest" in the country
Laboring for the environment
The challenge of restoring one overgrazed, weed-choked pasture is a good example of the kind of work that needs to be done in the West, to the benefit of both workers and the environment
Rednecks and hippies unite!
The small-town politics of a place like Paonia, Colo., are a microcosm of the nation today, revealing deep political divisions and a kind of winner-takes-all arrogance on the part of those in power
Heard around the West
DS? cows are getting smarter about breaking out of the ranch; Bison in Yellowstone were felled by toxic gases; Coloradans have had an early spring thaw which in Crested Butte has revealed copious dog poop; Yale prof tells a capacity crowd at Univer
Colorado Senate race steps into national spotlight
Democrats, looking to regain the seat held by retiring Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, offer strong support for Hispanic state attorney general Ken Salazar, who may vie against very conservative former U.S. Congressman Bob Schaffer
One national park could tell the truth about the West
The West’s endless tug-of-war between scenery and resources is brought into dramatic focus at Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Who will take over the ranch?
As private lands become the new frontier in the West’s wild real estate frenzy, ranchers are turning to land trusts in places like Gunnison, Colo., to find out how to hold on to their land and keep it open and undeveloped
Can't we all just get along
A new report, Making the Most of Science in the American West: An Experiment, aims at teaching Westerners to work with scientists to avoid environmental conflicts, according to co-author Patricia Nelson Limerick
More lynx, less habitat
Colorado’s lynx reintroduction program has so far been a success, but a new Forest Service management proposal would put energy development, forest thinning, and snowmobile trails ahead of the threatened animal’s habitat
Gas well slated for state park
Energen Resources Corp. wants to put a gas well on Navajo State Park in Colorado, near Navajo Lake
President Bush should consider a "land grab" of his own
A visit to Arizona’s new Agua Fria National Monument – one of those designated by Clinton at the end of his presidency – points up the failure of the Bush administration to protect and preserve the public lands
Big cats on the block
In The Beast in the Garden, David Baron looks at our changing relationships with predators, focusing on the death of a young Colorado man who was killed by a mountain lion
Does Wal-Mart really need our tax dollars?
More than a dozen Asian-owned local businesses in Denver are being driven out to make way for a taxpayer-subsidized Wal-Mart Supercenter, in a destructive pattern seen across the nation