West Obsessed

In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Assistant Editor Paige Blankenbuehler and Tribal Affairs Editor Tristan Ahtone talks with editor Kate Schimel about the recent attempts to overhaul the American health insurance system. The most recent version of a health insurance bill would implement big cuts to Medicaid and to other programs vital to the rural West and to tribal communities in the West. It prompted protests and pressure on some Western senators to block the bill; it's not yet clear how they'll respond.

Nick Gonzales

Most people think of Nevada's crime scene investigators as slick detectives from Vegas. In this episode of West Obsessed, however, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss another kind of beat: cow cops, who ride the range and meet up with all kinds of mysteries.

Sophia Roberts

On Earth Day, thousands of scientists, students and advocates gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to call on the Trump administration to support science and evidence-based policy. Noted scientists including Bill Nye gave speeches in D.C. Satellite marches took place in major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and Boise. But smaller marches and rallies also took place in places like Grants Pass, Oregon, and Silver City, New Mexico.

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Obama’s environmental and conservation record reflects an inclination toward the center in the West: He designated over two dozen national monuments, more than any other president. He oversaw surges in oil and gas production, but embraced clean energy and tackled greenhouse gas emissions. Obama may be remembered as the first leader to seriously address climate change, perhaps the foremost environmental issue of our times. And that has drawn deep opposition from the fossil fuel industry along the way.

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency took a lot of people by surprise. And given the nature of the election, it's hard to tell what a Trump administration will actually look like. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss some of the ramifications of a Trump presidency, from coal and other extractives to public land management and climate change.

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In southern Utah, a coalition of tribes is pushing for nearly 2 million acres of land to be designated a national monument. That's raising huge questions about homelands, public land management, and Western history. In this episode of West Obsessed, the editors and writers of High Country News discuss the complexities of the Bears Ears national monument proposal.

If you're a rancher who deals with predators, you probably know a lot about Wildlife Services. But for many people, this federal agency remains obscure. In the upcoming episode of West Obsessed, writers and editors from High Country News discuss the practice of predator killing--and it's non-lethal alternatives. 

 

Brooke Warren

West Obsessed is a new audio series, where the journalists of High Country News discuss the stories and issues that make the American West such an interesting, unique place.  In the latest episode, editors Brian Calvert and Tay Wiles discuss the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation in Oregon with photographer Brooke Warren, who spent a few days with the occupiers as they set up in the refuge.