Editor's Note

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.
The West protests
The West protests
‘Dominator culture’ and the injustices of climate change, COVID-19 and racism.
Audio: Researching Rexburg
Ray Ring talks about his foray into Idaho's Mormon college community.
Forget Wall Street, focus on the real issues
The urgency of the politicians' response to our economic troubles contrasts with the way we’re ignoring the greater crisis of climate change.
Evolution of a magazine
Today’s redesigned High Country News is definitely a magazine, far removed from the black-and-white tabloid newspaper it once was.
Fire, fire everywhere
Despite the growing threat of Western wildfire, most of us are still pretending it will go away if we just ignore it.
If you build it, will they come?
A desert village called Big Water and a troubled ski resort near the hardscrabble town of Beaver are two unlikely places in Utah where entrepreneurs plan to build exclusive resorts for the ultra-rich.
The company we keep
In the Pacific Northwest, where barred owls are competing with northern spotted owls, conservationists wonder what to do when a native species becomes an invasive species.
Don't fence Western Republicans in
Some moderate Western Republicans, tired of being penned up behind rigid ideological fences, are rebelling against the hard-line elements of their party.
Unlikely alliance?
In most of the West’s complicated environmental problems, so-called “unlikely alliances” between greens and their opposite numbers are really not that unlikely after all.
Cowboy up to the energy boom
In today’s complicated West, where retirees battle energy companies and environmentalists fight transmission lines carrying green power, maybe we need some heroic cowboys to help straighten everything out.
Uranium: It’s worse than you think
Westerners in towns like Durango, Colo., and Monticello, Utah, have been exposed to mine tailings for years, unaware that uranium might be even more dangerous than scientists used to believe.
CRASH?
Just as western Colorado towns like Rifle have begun a new life as thriving “amenity” economies, an energy boom of unprecedented proportions has taken over the landscape.
Leave it alone
Archaeology is, or at least ought to be, about more than just picking up artifacts to gather dust on the shelves of crowded museum storerooms.
The hazards of the leasing game
Protecting environmentally sensitive Western lands from the current oil and gas frenzy is a challenge to the conservationists who file protests with the BLM.
Breaking the silence of suicide
It may seem like a considerable departure for High Country News to write about mental illness and suicide, but as Ray Ring’s deeply personal lead story shows, both tragedies are rooted in the West.
The elephant that was left out of the room …
Indian tribes were left out of the negotiations that divvied up the Colorado River in 1922, but it’s no longer possible to ignore them – particularly in the case of the Navajo Nation.
Don’t write off this story yet
The Salton Sea might appear to be dying, but like many another story in the West, it isn’t over with yet.
Men with boots
The transformation of once-scrappy mining towns like Silverton, Colo., and Superior, Ariz., into trendy tourist havens is bound to leave the locals with mixed feelings and some nostalgia.
Planning for uncertainty
A Phoenix symposium on dealing with drought and global warming echoes the larger uncertainties facing public-land and national park managers throughout the West.
An energy oasis in the political desert
The Interior West’s growing political voice – and its status as the nation’s energy supplier – mean presidential candidates need to see the region as more than campaign flyover country.
Canis fiasco
A chaotic effort to restore Mexican wolves in New Mexico and a problem with too many elk in Colorado are two facets of the same problem: Our propensity to manage nature in very unnatural ways.
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