Items by Hal Rothman

Welcome to the conflicted West
The writer calls Westerners conflicted, since they idealize the region's open spaces yet live mostly in cities
Bet on Las Vegas for Western solutions
The writer tells Westerners to look to booming Las Vegas and its problems to find likely solutions
It’s time for a new law of the river
The writer says California’s agricultural elite is holding on to Colorado River water that could better serve the region’s growing cities.
The West’s cities should trump agriculture
California’s agricultural elite is holding onto water that could better serve the state’s cities
Do we really need the rural West?
A Las Vegas historian argues that the rural West is nothing but an anachronism that means nothing in today's New West.