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Connie Hanson holds a handful of what Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors told her were the cremated remains of her son, Frederick “Rick” Hanson. Connie Hanson believes it’s burnt trash, including wires and battery casings. (Luna Anna Archey/High Country News)

‘None of this happened the way you think it did’ For years, the clients...

Last summer, Debbie Schum walked onto the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, carrying a petite gift bag. The bag had red...
Jose Miranda lays down to cuddle with one of his water buffalo. They are very attached to him, excitedly running to the gate when his truck approaches for a visit. (Photo by Luna Anna Archey/High Country News)

One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado The challenges and possibilities of...

“If more ranchers knew about water buffalo, they would forget about cows,” José Miranda, a Carbondale rancher, told me one morning last January over...
Goodwin Fire, July 2017, Prescott National Forest. (Photo by U.S. Forest Service)

Wildfire escape routes? There’s (almost) an app for that. Scientists are using crowdsourced data...

In 2013, when a wildfire changed tack and made a run for the town of Yarnell, Arizona, 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots...
Bears Ears National Monument, Valley of the Gods, Utah. (Photo by Jeff Sullivan via Flickr: Creative Commons)

Will the Trump administration boost uranium industry? Lobbyists are pushing administration to order...

In July 2017, lobbyists from Energy Fuels Resources, a Canadian uranium mining company with operations in the United States, urged the Trump administration to...
"Oilfield donkey en route to Bakersfield" by Eric Baker via Flickr: Creative Commons

Judge orders industries to pay royalties for public land extraction Tens of millions more...

When energy corporations produce oil, gas or coal on public lands, they make royalty payments to the federal government and the states where production...
A customer at ABQ Guns in Albuquerque. Recent mass shootings have reignited the debate over gun legislation, including red flag laws and expanded background checks.

These are your state’s gun laws In the wake of mass killings, a state-by-state...

Overall, gun deaths in the United States have dropped by 30% since 1993, but mass shootings are on the rise: there have been more mass shooting...

How a tiny endangered species put a man in prison The Devils Hole pupfish...

They passed around a bottle of Malibu rum as gunshots bellowed into the desert night. A trio of young men had set up camp...

The disease devastating deer herds may also threaten human health Scientists are exploring the...

This story was originally published at High Country News in collaboration with the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise...

An Indigenous Mexican community finds a home in rural Colorado Culture, traditions and people...

This story is a part of the ongoing Back 40 series, where High Country News reporters look at national trends and their impacts close to home. At 6:08 on a...

The Irony of an Electric Car Named “Tesla”

Thomas Edison became a household name for inventing the first practical incandescent light bulb. But because of what happened in a small town in...