An informed people is a more intelligent people, and that was the whole point of High Country News. Somebody has to keep people on their toes and aware of what's going on out there in the world.
High Country News is the glue that holds a million square miles together. Of that million square mile region, 700,000 square miles of that belongs collectively to all Americans, and it has some of the most precious real estate on earth.
Above are quotes from the founding editor of High Country News, Tom Bell, and a subsequent editor, Tom Marston, on view in an extremely well-produced video that tells the story of the first forty years of HCN. Editors, contributors, interns, and members of the western community all get a chance to share their thoughts on this publication's presence across the west. Edited by Deborah Fryer, this video tells an inspiring story of how a few people with a vision, and with a sense of responsibility to their community of readers, can change their region, and their country, for the better. The video runs about sixteen minutes, so grab a cup of coffee and settle in:
Click here to view the High Country News: The Voice of the American West.
Also, check out their 40 Years in the West blog for more on how their readers are celebrating this milestone.