October 20, 2014
How to pass a wilderness bill in 2014

Congress has only passed two wilderness bills since 2011, compared to an average of 14 a year from 1990 to 2009. So what’s it take to get a wilderness bill to the White House these days?

  • Time,
  • Preparation,
  • PR,
  • Liberals,
  • Compromise,
  • Setbacks,
  • Oh, and time (did we mention that?).

A few lessons from southwest Colorado’s Hermosa Creek:  http://hcne.ws/1oaOEZu

October 16, 2014

Navajo ranching in the Chuska Mountains: Photographs of one woman helping keep her family’s tradition alive in western New Mexico.

Read about and see more photos at: http://hcne.ws/1EEQRBj

October 13, 2014

The walrus detectives

What’s behind the Alaska walrus haul-outs? Everyone’s calling climate change, but the truth is, we don’t know.

Read about it: http://hcne.ws/1o1U0Gs

October 10, 2014
Watershed moment: The U.S. and Canada prepare to renegotiate the 50-year-old Columbia River Treaty. “The proposal’s most striking feature — largely bearing the fingerprint of the tribes — is ‘ecosystem function’ as a third major treaty tenet alongside flood control and hydropower. That could provide legal justification for changing dam operations. ”  http://hcne.ws/1sRDtqh

Watershed moment: The U.S. and Canada prepare to renegotiate the 50-year-old Columbia River Treaty. “The proposal’s most striking feature — largely bearing the fingerprint of the tribes — is ‘ecosystem function’ as a third major treaty tenet alongside flood control and hydropower. That could provide legal justification for changing dam operations. ”  http://hcne.ws/1sRDtqh

October 6, 2014

A new Yale project allows viewers to explore 170,000 images from the depression era by county. http://hcne.ws/1yq2tHQ

October 3, 2014
Entrance fees at national parks haven’t gone up since 2008, but now the NPS is pondering fee increases. (Fun fact: In 1915, a weeklong pass to Yellowstone cost $10 — equivalent to about $320 today, according to the Idaho Statesman.) http://hcne.ws/1vtceiO

Entrance fees at national parks haven’t gone up since 2008, but now the NPS is pondering fee increases. (Fun fact: In 1915, a weeklong pass to Yellowstone cost $10 — equivalent to about $320 today, according to the Idaho Statesman.) http://hcne.ws/1vtceiO

September 24, 2014
Fall is for reading! Check out this list of what’s the best of the latest: http://hcne.ws/fall-reading

Fall is for reading! Check out this list of what’s the best of the latest: http://hcne.ws/fall-reading

September 18, 2014
Fur flies over Montana bobcat farm: http://hcne.ws/1AAdqSR

Fur flies over Montana bobcat farm: http://hcne.ws/1AAdqSR

September 15, 2014
2014 Photo Contest — High Country News

Escape Route

Today is the last day to vote in our photo contest. Do it! 

September 12, 2014
State and federal wildlife managers have been sparring for years over how to best kill — or save — Alaska’s wolves and bears. Last week, the Park Service proposed a sweeping new rule to help protect natural predator-prey dynamics. (Plus, an interview with former governor Tony Knowles on how not to kill a bear.) http://hcne.ws/1qFRW5N

State and federal wildlife managers have been sparring for years over how to best kill — or save — Alaska’s wolves and bears. Last week, the Park Service proposed a sweeping new rule to help protect natural predator-prey dynamics. (Plus, an interview with former governor Tony Knowles on how not to kill a bear.) http://hcne.ws/1qFRW5N

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