Colorado

How not to fight a fire
How not to fight a fire
Will we learn to confront an existential threat to the West for what it is?
The case against immigration prisons
The case against immigration prisons
Law professor César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández analyzes why America puts so many immigrants behind bars.
Faced with chronic wasting disease, what’s a hunting family to do?
Faced with chronic wasting disease, what’s a hunting family to do?
Hunters are critical for game management, but the spread of CWD means some may put down the rifle.
Heard around the West
Mach schnell, little doggies; California’s troubles; bears vs. hunters; elk vs. tourist; Chevy vs. field mice; how not to die in the desert
As the town hollows out, one Aspen neighborhood thrives
The Smuggler Mobile Home Park in Aspen, Colo., is a vibrant neighborhood that has survived Superfund status and soaring real estate
Can Vail find room for its workers?
Vail, Colo., is facing a crisis about where to house the workers who keep the town running
Former Enron CEO took his money and ran
Former CEO Ken Lay had to sell some of his Aspen properties when Enron fell apart, but he made a fair amount of money in the process
Part-Time Paradise
Aspen, Colo., and other mountain resort towns burst with wealthy baby boomers' second, third and even fourth homes. But for much of the year those houses sit empty, and the towns are turning hollow
The Udall bloodline is consistent
Mo Udall’s six children, and Stewart Udall’s six – not to mention many of their cousins – have tended to find work in some form of public service
Follow-up
Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes now a national park; health screening program for former nuclear workers to expire; Forest Service didn’t break any laws with its Sierra Nevada PR campaign; rocket-burning begins at Oregon’s Umatilla Chemical Depot
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
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
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