One of the most pervasive notions of American cultural identity is that of the Old West and the myth of the cowboy. This month we stick a magnifying glass up to those notions to see where they originate, and where they continue to resonate.

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A federal agency known as the Mineral Management Service, or MMS, has faced scrutiny as of late after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf. The agency falls under the Department of Interior, headed by former Colorado Senator, Democrat Ken Salazar. But, this isn’t the first time MMS has come under fire. High […]

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With the reintroduction of the wolf into Rocky Mountain regions, some are advocating for hunting the animals. Long time High Country News contributor and contributing Field & Stream editor Hal Herring recently wrote an article entitled “One Way to Save the Wolf: Hunt It.” He speaks to High Country […]

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The deck is looking increasingly stacked against coal in many Western states. With broad bipartisan support and endorsements, Colorado lawmakers recently passed a bill that makes the conversion of three Front Range power plants from coal to natural gas almost a sure bet. High Country News producer Cally Carswell recently sat down […]

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December 18, 2017 | NPR · Alex Kozinski, a distinguished federal appeals court judge, announced his resignation on Monday effective immediately, amid sexual harassment allegations.
 

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December 18, 2017 | NPR · “I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down,” Skipper said in a statement.
 

December 18, 2017 | NPR · A Pierce County sheriff’s office spokesman says multiple people are dead and others injured after a high-speed train jumped its rails onto the Interstate 5 freeway between Olympia and DuPont.
 

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December 18, 2017 | NPR · For one writer, the small, buttery Danish cookie her Scandinavian-American family made during Christmas was the taste of the holidays. Turns out, the classic Danish cookie may not be Danish after all.
 

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December 18, 2017 | NPR · Dystopian novels are all about consequences, choices and grey areas. And psychologists say that plays right into the sweet spot of the developing teenage brain.
 

December 17, 2017 | NPR · What were the memorable moments in television this year? NPR’s TV Critic Eric Deggans runs through his list with guest host Ray Suarez.
 

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December 18, 2017 | NPR · Rubinos continues to challenge genre and style expectations in a new collaboration with two fellow multi-talented women artists.
 

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December 18, 2017 | WXPN-FM · Enjoy listening to this mix of our favorite sounds of the year, picked by the show’s entire staff.
 

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December 18, 2017 | NPR · Kaleb Freitas, a native to the area, was killed by falling debris when a stage of the Atmosphere Festival in Esteio, Brazil came apart in a storm.
 

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