Editor's Note

Democracy is fraying in the West, too
Democracy is fraying in the West, too
Why your vote matters this election above all.
Working with readers for a better West
Working with readers for a better West
High Country News turns 50 this year, but we’re already planning for the decades to come.
Where people are stepping up
Where people are stepping up
In the face of conflict and misinformation, hope remains.
Our founder, the man and the myth
Our founder, the man and the myth
Tom Bell still inspires a young Westerner.
Recognizing unfairness
Recognizing unfairness
Young people dressed in graduation caps and gowns protest for immigration reform.
The worst manmade wildfires
Most Western wildfires today are caused by humans, either accidentally or deliberately.
The HCN mix
The HCN mix
High Country News will continue to cover important Western issues, and yet make room for lighter pieces about the region's culture and communities.
Eccentricity and wildness
Eccentricity and wildness
Western eccentrics are found underwater as well as in the high country.
Dust in the wind and the water
Dust in the wind and the water
Dust storms are mucking up the Rocky Mountains' snowpack, but a few fish like the razorback sucker thrive in spring’s muddy waters.
Culture of the Canyon
When the author ventures down the Colorado on a raft, he discovers a world of wonders -- and a little bit of himself.
Hard times reshuffle the political deck
Hard times reshuffle the political deck
Colorado's economic slump forced Gov. Ritter to increase his support for natural gas, and Nevada voters may force hardrock mining to pay more in state taxes.
Nature-for-profit
Nature-for-profit
As the economy has globalized, illegal trafficking of wildlife has gotten worse in the West.
When you carry your home with you, when are you home?
When you carry your home with you, when are you home?
The thousands of RVers who gather in Quartzsite, Ariz., every winter create in an impromptu community that might as well be in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
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.
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