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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News

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October 13, 2019 | NPR · The 25-year-old runner finished in a time of 2:14:04 on Sunday, beating the previous record set by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe in 2003 by 81 seconds.
 

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October 13, 2019 | NPR · Combining skills of unprecedented difficulty with flawless execution, the 22-year-old surpassed Vitaly Scherbo’s record 23 world medals won in the 1990s. Biles copped five golds at the championships.
 

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October 13, 2019 | NPR · The U.S. will pull hundreds of troops amid air strikes and gunfire from Turkish-backed forces. “We’re preparing, waiting for the order,” a U.S. official close to the troops on the ground told NPR.
 

Arts & Life

Harper Voyager
October 13, 2019 | NPR · John Hornor Jacobs’ new book combines two novellas that stake his claim to the territory of cosmic horror. Both gorgeously written and unsettlingly conceived, they dig at how fragile our humanity is.
 

Soho Teen
October 13, 2019 | NPR · Author and poet Brynne Rebele-Henry transplants the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice to modern-day Texas, for a wrenching tale of two young women whose love lands them in a religious re-education camp.
 

Henry Holt and Co.
October 13, 2019 | NPR · In a wide-ranging interview with NPR about his memoir, the rock star shares that at 72 years old, he’s finally ready to look back. He offers thoughts on his royal friends, drug use and cell phones.
 

Music

October 13, 2019 | NPR · The band Elbow has just released its eighth studio album, Giants of all Sizes. NPR’s Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with frontman Guy Garvey about the record’s themes: Brexit, injustice and grief.
 

Henry Holt and Co.
October 13, 2019 | NPR · In a wide-ranging interview with NPR about his memoir, the rock star shares that at 72 years old, he’s finally ready to look back. He offers thoughts on his royal friends, drug use and cell phones.
 

October 12, 2019 | NPR · Musician Henry “Gip” Gipson died this week. He ran a legendary blues juke joint in Bessemer, Ala.
 

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