‘This whole thing, it’s decent. It’s a decent thing to do.’


How a rural town transformed a juvenile facility into a safe space for teens.


Climate change and rising demand are sucking the life out of the Southwest’s water supply.


Scientists in Idaho are finding that wildfire smoke dampens milk production and coincides with increased risk of disease and even death in dairy cows.

Cows are grazing surrounded by thick smoke from wildfires near Oregon City, Oregon September 12, 2020. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images


Indigenous spiritual leaders say the Vatican’s observatory is searching for something it doesn’t understand.


Tribal scientists and community members are testing wells, solving plumbing problems and delivering clean water to their neighbors.

Emery Three Irons at his family home along the Little Bighorn River. Brandon Yadegari Moreno/High Country News


How the genetic code of flora helped catch timber thieves.

A bigleaf maple tree in Capitol Forest near Olympia, Washington. Tree poachers have scraped bark from its surface to reveal the quilted figure they covet, leading investigators to suspect it might have been the poachers’ next target. Courtesy Anne Minden


Minnesota’s Riverview Dairy has deep pockets and long straws.

Thousands of dairy cows crowd the Coronado Dairy’s feedlot in the Kansas Settlement area near Sunizona, Arizona. Roberto (Bear) Guerra/High Country News


The ghosts of the uranium boom continue to haunt the land, water and people.


After a year indoors, a writer remembers the joy — and pressures — of a childhood spent in Utah.

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