High Country News

HCN“The Revolution Will Be Motorized”
Growing threats of violence; increasing rage; calls to restore liberty by throwing off unjust and unconstitutional government rule. The voices of the angry are loud, and they’re likely coming soon to a Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service office near you. Read more…
Housing“Housing Keeps Getting Tighter All the Time”

It is only a matter of time before our living situation goes up in smoke. We are living illegally. We haven’t harmed anyone, or stolen or lied. Rather, we live in a travel trailer. And that is a crime. Read more…

HCN“Mexican Wolves, Still Strangers in a Strange Land”

With the opening of their holding pens 12 years ago, wolves stepped into their historic home on the Southwestern desert for the first time in over 50 years. So began the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf into southern Arizona and New Mexico. Read more…

HCN“Let’s Not Forget the Hidden Costs of Uranium Mining”
Here in the West, uranium mining continues its wobbly resurgence. In recent years, it has sputtered through the peaks and valleys of pricing to once again climb in importance and output. Read more…
HCN“When School Budgets Get Cut to the Bone, What Then?”
Last fall, a massive budget deficit was uncovered within the Grand County School District in Moab, Utah, leaving parents aghast. Because of mismanagement… Read more…
HCN Driven“Driven to Fight”

In 1990, Lynell Schalk was working undercover for the Bureau of Land Management, posing as a potential artifact buyer. She got more than she bargained for when a 6-foot-5-inch, 300-pound pothunter offered to show her a card trick… Read more…

HCN“A Utah Resort Town Welcomes 300,000 Visitors”

In Moab, Utah, a town constantly visited by jeepers and hikers from all over the world, the arrival of 300,000 beings from Kazakhstan hasn’t received much press. But as the newcomers flutter in and make themselves more at home, people are starting to take notice. Read more…

HCN“When Does a Deer Become an Elk? And Other Questions…”

At what point did moose become marvels, bears become monsters and a 300-yard walk get to be strenuous? When did the human eye need a digital camera to properly experience the unimaginable proportions of the West? Read more…