Items by Emily Steinmetz

When good times go bad
When good times go bad
After years of prosperity and breakneck growth, Phoenix and its Western siblings have crashed hard thanks to the recession. And the food banks and other social services are very busy.
Justice for all
Justice for all
Jensie Anderson meets with homeless clients every Sunday underneath a Salt Lake City viaduct.
Video: Humor in a world gone mad
Video: Humor in a world gone mad
Moab cartoonist Travis Kelly creates political cartoons in order to stay sane.
Audio: A BLM insider speaks
Audio: A BLM insider speaks
A former national recreation director talks about the pressures on government employees during the Bush administration.
Slideshow: Back to the garden
Slideshow: Back to the garden
Recovering addicts find roots in the soil of New Mexico.
Slideshow: The unflappable Doc Vincent
Slideshow: The unflappable Doc Vincent
In rural western Colorado, a vet tends to pets and their humans. Michelle Nijhuis reads her essay, along with slides by JT Thomas.
The great giveaway
The great giveaway
Brand-new resource management plans from Utah’s BLM welcome ATVs and energy development onto some of the state’s most fragile land.
The fruits of their labor
The fruits of their labor
In Delta County, Colorado, a pilot program sent prisoners to work on three farms during the summer of 2008.
The great giveaway
The great giveaway
The BLM hurriedly releases six proposed resource management plans for 11 million acres of public land in Utah, leaving little time to respond.
Roan on the auction block
Roan on the auction block
The BLM auctioned leases on 54,631 acres in Western Colorado to the natural gas industry for a record $114 million.
Know your owl
An illustration showing the differences between the Northern Spotted Owl and Barred Owl. Also, listen to the call from each species.
Taxed off the farm
Taxed off the farm
New enforcement of rural property tax laws could price out longtime residents in northern New Mexico counties.
Dear friends
High Country News intern program, Paonia, Colorado, Andrea Appleton, Rob Inglis, Emily Steinmetz