Editor's Note

Don’t despair. Dissent.
Don’t despair. Dissent.
Look to others doing good work and act.
Two key components of journalism today: love and strength
Two key components of journalism today: love and strength
As the pandemic grinds on, we in the media must continue to bear witness.
Lost and found: The story of land-grant universities
Lost and found: The story of land-grant universities
Mythology is powerful, but so is journalism.
Technology has complicated our relationship to winter
Technology has complicated our relationship to winter
In this increasingly digitized West, who is shut out?
From billionaires to bankruptcies, the West is full of flashpoints
From billionaires to bankruptcies, the West is full of flashpoints
And we’re here to cover them all.
Consider the contested West
Consider the contested West
The Western U.S. is complicated; more reason to try to understand its workings.
HCN renews its commitment to covering the West’s complexities
HCN renews its commitment to covering the West’s complexities
We debut a new design as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.
The West needs more effective political coverage
The West needs more effective political coverage
Retrospective storytelling captures the nuance of our systems to better inform us as we enter election season.
Poor oversight comes back to haunt us
Poor oversight comes back to haunt us
Two investigations reveal federal agencies are too lax on bad actors.
The West is the stories we tell
The West is the stories we tell
To truly know a place, seek out its hidden histories.
Hunting still holds meaning
Hunting still holds meaning
Fewer people are picking up a rifle or bow, but the act warrants examination regardless.
Reexamine history in the service of justice
Reexamine history in the service of justice
Understanding our shared histories can help us think critically about accountability in the West.
Climate change and the challenges to human happiness
Climate change and the challenges to human happiness
It’s not too late to confront despair.
The corrupting influence of power
The corrupting influence of power
It’s more important than ever to pursue accountability.
The case for speculative journalism
The case for speculative journalism
Climate fiction can help us imagine the impacts of climate change in a way that science journalism can’t.
Where the incarceration and wildfire crises meet
Where the incarceration and wildfire crises meet
Prison firefighters are severely underpaid. And they’re the lucky ones.
The subversive nature of Indigenous art
The subversive nature of Indigenous art
These are the stories other non-Native outlets don’t dare to touch.
Why invisible dangers are the hardest to face
Why invisible dangers are the hardest to face
Evolved as humans are, we’re terrible at solving problems we can’t actually see.
Death, life and friendship in the rural West
Death, life and friendship in the rural West
Rural communities can find solace in one another.
It’s time to take a stand
It’s time to take a stand
Rise above provocation and choose decency.
Road trips and the importance of reflection
Road trips and the importance of reflection
In New Mexico, tourism illuminates a violent atomic past and threatens a religious sanctuary.
Question the myths that shape America
Question the myths that shape America
And remember that what your teachers told you is likely wrong.
The persistent trampling of the West
The persistent trampling of the West
Environmental laws are one way to force people to consider their actions.
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