Items by Paige Blankenbuehler

HCN founder Tom Bell to receive honorary degree
The growing influence of Hispanic voters in the West
The growing influence of Hispanic voters in the West
Latinos make up 21 percent of the region’s electorate, and election-day turn-out is on the rise.
Welcome, Glenn Nelson
How Nevada became the first Western caucus (and why it matters)
How Nevada became the first Western caucus (and why it matters)
The early caucus drew attention to Western issues. In November, the state will play an even bigger role.
National parks: Where we go and where we don’t
National parks: Where we go and where we don’t
Much of the Park Service’s land in the West is poorly visited and little-known.
On the road between here and there
The disappearing wetlands in California’s Central Valley
The disappearing wetlands in California’s Central Valley
Where water is scarce, waterbirds pay the price.
Presidential candidates vie for the Western vote
Presidential candidates vie for the Western vote
The Nevada caucus brought Western issues into the fray this political season.
Latest: Klamath dams to come down
Latest: Klamath dams to come down
A deal that would have supplied water to irrigators and tribes fell apart.
Interns take up crampons on icy sidewalks
Invasive plants beat natives in climate adaptation race
Invasive plants beat natives in climate adaptation race
In California, native and endemic plants are slower to shift their ranges in response to climate change, a study shows.
On the Klamath, a surprising win for river advocates
On the Klamath, a surprising win for river advocates
Dam removals on the Oregon-California border move forward without water deals for irrigators.
Above normal snowpack in some of last winter's driest regions
Above normal snowpack in some of last winter's driest regions
Precipitation in recent months chips away at California drought, but the water deficit will be hard to overcome.
Hope fades for Klamath River accords
Hope fades for Klamath River accords
Could the breakdown of the landmark water agreement imperil other collaborative deals?
Fresh faces and fresh powder
Forest Service leaves control of water rights to ski resorts
Forest Service leaves control of water rights to ski resorts
How does industry control of water affect public land management?
Malheur arrests, as they happened on social media
Malheur arrests, as they happened on social media
As the Tuesday’s confrontation unfolded, key information came out on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Home after the holidays, with bittersweet tidings
Rock art and the struggle for preservation
Rock art and the struggle for preservation
Review of Jonathan Bailey's "Rock art: A Vision of a Vanishing Cultural Landscape."
Economic downturns fuel Sagebrush Rebellion events
Economic downturns fuel Sagebrush Rebellion events
Natural resource-dependent rural economies help explain why disputes happen where they do.
Two visions for the future collide in the Wasatch Range
Two visions for the future collide in the Wasatch Range
As ski resorts push for a mega-connection, backcountry skiers try to save some of the wild
Early season snowpack falls short across the West
Early season snowpack falls short across the West
Nevada and Idaho are the only Western states above their historic averages.
Latest: California's plan for conservation-minded energy development takes its first step forward
Latest: California's plan for conservation-minded energy development takes its first step forward
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan is intended to guide energy development, while protecting wildlife and recreation.
BLM may cancel oil and gas leases in Colorado’s Thompson Divide
BLM may cancel oil and gas leases in Colorado’s Thompson Divide
Fate of disputed leases could show ongoing shift in the Bureau of Land Management.
What will become of the backcountry in Utah’s Wasatch?
What will become of the backcountry in Utah’s Wasatch?
In Park City, a decades-long battle against the resort industry may be all but over.
You are on Indian Land: A provocative look at contemporary art
You are on Indian Land: A provocative look at contemporary art
A multimedia exhibit at the Museum of Northern Arizona
Latest: National Park Service intervenes in Alaska predator hunting
Soundtable: Who will feel the pinch as energy economies shift?
Soundtable: Who will feel the pinch as energy economies shift?
Experts discuss transitioning communities and changing climate policies in a live radio Tweet-in.
A tour of vibrant skies of the north
A tour of vibrant skies of the north
A review of 'The Northern Lights: Celestial Performances of the Aurora Borealis,' by Daryl Pederson and Calvin Hall.
Can small communities tackle global food security?
Can small communities tackle global food security?
Climate change has profound impacts on growing seasons and crop yields, but local solutions have promise.