Politics

Biden needs to go beyond a Trump reset
Biden needs to go beyond a Trump reset
The president-elect has an opportunity to rebuild better than before.
Elections in the West highlight divisions and diversity
Elections in the West highlight divisions and diversity
Justice, power and environment: The 2020 elections were defined by grassroots organizing and deep partisanship.
How Indigenous voters swung the 2020 election
How Indigenous voters swung the 2020 election
In Arizona and Wisconsin, Native turnout — which often leans liberal — made the difference in Biden’s slim but winning margin.
Yvon Chouinard: A mutinous captain of industry
"I never wanted to be a businessman," says the owner of Patagonia clothing and gear company, "because I thought businessmen were real greaseballs. In fact I still do."
Edward Abbey: druid of the arches
The sudden death last week of Edward Abbey recalled to us this superb profile of the writer by Bruce Hamilton, who was HCN managing editor in 1976, when this story appeared.
Rancher-lawmaker takes on the establishment
Idaho's John Peavey proves that a legislator can win major fights against the West's power triangle -- big business, utilities and the farm-ranch establishment.
Will politics doom the ferret?
Endangered species biologist Tim Clark has chosen to occupy a world rife with contradictions, politics and emotion.
Morley Nelson on the sport of falconry
Morley Nelson has spent much of his 68 years working with raptors and trying to get the rest of us to catch a sense of the inspiration he has derived from these birds.
Put that beer can in Bucket No. 14, please
If Edward Abbey were introduced to my father, Edward Abbey would probably toss a beer can at him. My father would pick it up and put it in the proper recycling bucket.
Project Lighthawk gets conservationists off the ground
With his small plane, Michael Stewartt flies journalists, government officials and activists around the Rocky Mountain region to give them a birds-eye view of strips mines, coal-fired power plants and areas of scenic beauty.
Linford's pen still pursues West's polluters
Ernest Linford may be retired after a noted career as a journalist and professor in Wyoming, but he remains committed to land and water conservation.
John Peavey: a maverick changes stripes
John Peavy, a former state senator who now runs a 250,000 acre sheep and cattle operation in southern Idaho, is now running for that office on an environmental platform.
Love spins rock tales from huckleberries and oil
Dr. J. David Love, a supervisor for the U.S. Geological Survey, shares his knowledge of the Yellowstone supervolcano and other geologic wonders with summer students at the Teton Science School.
Yellowstone Park's most devoted geyser gazer
For three months and 380 consecutive eruptions, John Wegel has been present to watch the Riverside Geyser arch its plume 80 feet high out over the Firehole River.
Stewart Udall made conservation national policy
Generations to come will look upon the work of Steward Udall -- Secretary of the Interior Department under both Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson -- as exceptional, a lesson of political survival combined with effective conservation.
N.M. solar power group prefers passive designs
Keith Haggard, the founder and executive director of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, shares his experiences advocating for solar technology.
Rod Nash sees end to the freedom of the hills
Roderick Nash, whose passion is exploring and preserving wilderness, sees wilderness not as an amenity, but as a powerful aid for overcoming a frontier mentality.
Mark Skrotzki cuts his teeth on Glenwood Canyon
Mark Skrotzki is spearheading an effort to find alternatives to a plan to push a four-lane interstate through Colorado's Glenwood Canyon.
Eleen Williams: preserving the past
Ellen Williams, the postmaster general in the town of Dutch John in northeastern Utah, has spent the past several years attempting to preserve and restore the historical remnants of nearby Browns Park, an Old West ranch outpost and outlaw hideout.
Sheet metal firm sells 'Sun Grabber'
Don Erickson is a modest, cautious man. These qualities set him apart from most other solar energy equipment manufacturers eager to build a market for a new product.
Dick Randall: a life with coyotes
Dick Randall, who grew up in Wyoming's wide open spaces and at one time in his life shot hundreds of coyotes from a plane, is now an outspoken opponent of predator control.
Doggedly working to save Escudilla Mountain
Buzz and Mary Anne Youens anticipated a quiet life when they built a cabin in Arizona's isolated White Mountains in the early 1970s, but a nearby timber sale turned them into activists.
Cartoons, counseling, and butterflies
When HCN cartoonist Rob Pudim isn't slaying social dragons, he's often out catching butterflies or helping out with Boulder's methadone program.
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