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 8, 2016 | NPR · South African Chris Bertish has set out from the coast of Africa with the intent to become the first person to cross the Atlantic alone on a stand-up paddleboard — though he’s not the first to try.
 

December 8, 2016 | NPR · No one seems to have a satisfying definition of “identity politics,” but clearly we’ve been paying too much attention to race, gender and sexual orientation, right? Not so fast.
 

Arts & Life

December 8, 2016 | NPR · The ban applies to ticket sales for any public event that can be attended by 200 or more people.
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · Blue Seal ice cream was launched after World War II for American soldiers stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Today, it’s a fusion of American and Okinawan tastes that’s loved by locals and tourists alike.
 

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December 8, 2016 | FA · Book critic Maureen Corrigan says that if there’s one word that characterizes her list this year, it’s “serious.” These books certainly aren’t grim or dull, but they take on big, difficult subjects.
 

Music

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · Emerson Lake & Palmer’s singer and co-creator, who died Wednesday, was at the forefront of a movement that took rock in a new literate — and liberating — direction.
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · There’s something perversely funky about New Fries’ freaky no-wave radiations. The band’s video flips through a bizarro cable landscape in thickly brushed, brightly colored, MS Paint-style animation.
 

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December 8, 2016 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · Palmieri’s classic Latin funk album remains relevant 45 years later. This performance shows why.
 

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