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When private pain becomes a community problem

On a brisk, sunny day in mid-October, I drove through the affluent suburbs of Craig, Colorado, to a cottage-style house, where I’d been invited...

Can Trump undo Obama’s policies?

This story first appeared in High Country News.  One week after the presidential election, on a summery November day, I phoned Denver-based climate activist Jeremy...

Silverton’s Gold King reckoning

On the morning of Aug. 5, 2015, a deep pool of acidic, metal-laden water was backed up behind debris in the Level 7 adit of the Gold King Mine on the slope of Bonita Peak, roughly 10 miles north of Silverton, Colorado.

Solar gardens grow slowly out West

This story first appeared on High Country News.  As soon as her electric cooperative started selling panels in a community solar garden, Doris Shennum of...

Amy Goodman: Live in Paonia

Journalism superstar Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! has spent the past 20 years covering the social movements changing the world. On April 23, she will...

The growing influence of Hispanic voters in the West

This story first appeared on High Country News.  In the midst of the raucous and polarized presidential election, a quieter story has been at play...

Reader’s view: Unregulated oil and gas extraction threatens public safety and...

Ed Marston, the former publisher of High Country News, wrote the following letter to the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission. He shared it with The Colorado...

The Freedom Caucus and the West

This story originally appeared on High Country News.  You may have heard of the House Freedom Caucus — a group of 40 or so conservative House Republicans...

Where nuns are ranch hands

This story originally appeared on High Country News.  Sister Magdalena Berndlmaier’s veil wafts in the morning wind, as she swerves and jostles in the Kubota tractor...

Jeb Bush outlines plans to limit federal control of Western lands

This story originally appeared on High Country News.  Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush this week waded deeper into issues of public land than any other...
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