Editor's Note

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.
It's the population, stupid?
It's the population, stupid?
Some Westerners want to blame our environmental woes on overpopulation, but the problem is not that simple.
The paradoxical call of the wild
The paradoxical call of the wild
Wolves may be returning to Colorado on their own 70 years after their deliberate extirpation from the state.
Still evolving 40 years later
Still evolving 40 years later
High Country News continues to evolve along with the conservation movement itself, especially in the thorny area of environmental justice.
Water war, or peace?
Water war, or peace?
Western water agencies reluctantly confront the fact that there’s simply not enough water to go around.
How big is your backyard?
How big is your backyard?
We all become NIMBYs when development threatens our favorite landscapes – even conservative oilmen like Wyoming’s Diemer True.
When the sacred becomes toxic
When the sacred becomes toxic
As Native Americans use religion to save their sacred places, they need to remember that conflicts framed around faith often have unhappy endings.
Give language a chance
Give language a chance
Languages like Arapaho are dying all over the world, but is it possible, or even necessary, to try to save them all?
Power politics, conservation style
Power politics, conservation style
In this issue, Ray Ring takes a hard look at the behind-the-scenes politicking that helped create Clinton’s roadless forest rule.
How the West made cheeseburgers cheap
How the West made cheeseburgers cheap
Our cheap food has a high price tag, especially for workers on the West’s big dairy farms.
The newest Westerners
The newest Westerners
Immigrants from around the world are changing traditionally white Western communities such as Boise, Idaho.
Suck this, Vegas!
Suck this, Vegas!
With climate change threatening water supplies, and the economy slowing growth in the West's thirstiest cities, it's time for a paradigm shift.
"To feel at home, stay at home."
This essays and book reviews in this special issue of High Country News revolve around the question: What does it mean to be at home in the West?
How yuppies killed, and saved, the family farm
How yuppies killed, and saved, the family farm
Western Colorado is seeing an unexpected agricultural revival, thanks in part to affluent outsiders creating a market for local food and wine.
Why one Coloradan cares about fish quotas
Why one Coloradan cares about fish quotas
Fisheries management is important to more than seafood lovers; it's a matter of life and death to Pacific Coast communities.
Catching the sun
Catching the sun
Is it possible to help resolve a huge problem like climate change by cobbling together small, locally generated solutions?
It's time to reduce the West's ATV carnage
It's time to reduce the West's ATV carnage
Too many young people are dying from accidents caused by riding unsafe and unregulated off-road vehicles.
The river wilder
The river wilder
River restoration is a complex business, whether you’re talking about Colorado’s fast-moving Gunnison River or the polluted urban waterways of San Francisco’s East Bay.
Rodeo remains a Western spark
Rodeo remains a Western spark
In the 21st century, rodeo is still thriving – especially in the turbocharged form of the Professional Bull Riding circuit.
For the love of wasteland
For the love of wasteland
Is it possible to develop large-scale solar projects and transmission lines without sacrificing the West’s wide-open landscapes and deserts?
It's the economy -- and growth and the environment -- stupid!
It's the economy -- and growth and the environment -- stupid!
The economic collapse – with its attendant slowdown in mining, drilling and development – gives Westerners a chance to pause and rethink the way we use the land.
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