Items by Tay Wiles

Land transfer battles rage on, county by county
Land transfer battles rage on, county by county
The American Lands Council supports local control but keeps its list of member counties secret.
Right-wing militant charged for planting a bomb at BLM building
Right-wing militant charged for planting a bomb at BLM building
A federal felony complaint reveals that the feds are continuing to investigate extremism on public lands.
Arizona Rep. Grijalva targets extremism on public lands
Arizona Rep. Grijalva targets extremism on public lands
Dozens of high-profile former federal employees sign a letter urging Congress to address Sagebrush Insurgency threats.
Federal-lands ranching: A half-century of decline
Federal-lands ranching: A half-century of decline
How grazing fell from its Western pedestal — and fueled Sagebrush Rebellion.
In southern Utah, a ranger is jailed under questionable circumstances
In southern Utah, a ranger is jailed under questionable circumstances
The region has a history of sheriffs butting heads with federal land agencies.
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Whether grazing on public land is a ‘right’ or a ‘privilege’ is one of the region’s most contentious issues. Here’s why.
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
How a small-time mining dispute in Oregon readied a network of militias for the Malheur occupation.
Authorities closing in on Oregon’s Malheur occupation
Authorities closing in on Oregon’s Malheur occupation
FBI calls for removal of occupiers following eight arrests and the death of one man late Tuesday.
Who's who inside and on the outskirts of the Malheur occupation
Who's who inside and on the outskirts of the Malheur occupation
Here are the most vocal occupiers, along with a core group of militia members staying in Burns.
Malheur occupation, explained
Malheur occupation, explained
The deep history behind the Bundy brothers’ takeover of a wildlife refuge in Oregon.
In the middle of nowhere, a Promised Land
In the middle of nowhere, a Promised Land
A group with chemical sensitivities makes a community in the Arizona desert.
The counties that actively oppose a federal lands transfer
The counties that actively oppose a federal lands transfer
Commissioners fear states could reduce county power and remove public access.
New data released on violent threats to federal employees
New data released on violent threats to federal employees
Documents show 15 incidents in 2014, but don't account for the Cliven Bundy standoff.
The Latest: New incentives for quieter aircraft in the Grand Canyon
The Latest: New incentives for quieter aircraft in the Grand Canyon
More commercial flights are expected this year, if they meet federal noise standards.
Oath Keepers show up for a public lands dispute in Oregon
Oath Keepers show up for a public lands dispute in Oregon
Plus a Cliven Bundy supporter is charged and BLM emails about the Nevada standoff were released.
Dispatch from Cliven Bundy's latest gathering
Dispatch from Cliven Bundy's latest gathering
Who showed up at the one-year anniversary of the BLM standoff? Most of them weren't ranchers.
Will public-lands ranchers pay more for grazing?
Will public-lands ranchers pay more for grazing?
An Obama administration proposal would more than double fees.
An update on Nevada scofflaw Cliven Bundy
An update on Nevada scofflaw Cliven Bundy
The rancher still has influence in some circles, and has seen zero repercussions for trespass cattle and unpaid fees.
USDA announces new grants to reduce 'grain drain'
USDA announces new grants to reduce 'grain drain'
With the average age of farmers still rising, grants to help out newbies don't get to the root of the problem.
How cold can it get in the Grand Canyon? Real cold
Wilderness as therapist
Wilderness as therapist
A growing number of veterans and researchers are racing to understand nature’s power to heal.
A progress report on the Colorado River pulse
A progress report on the Colorado River pulse
Researchers are sifting through the impacts of last spring’s release.
Range report
Range report
What the BLM can (and can’t) tell us about the state of rangeland health.
What 4-H teaches 7 million kids about food
What 4-H teaches 7 million kids about food
A new book explores what the century-old organization looks like today.
A new map shows rangeland health West-wide
A new map shows rangeland health West-wide
Searchable BLM reports and satellite images for 20,000 grazing allotments.
Roots of rebellion: A forum
Roots of rebellion: A forum
Four experts discuss threats to federal public-lands employees and where we go from here.
Flash flood chaser
Flash flood chaser
One man’s obsession improves forecasting in southern Utah.
High Country News has a new website!
High Country News has a new website!
How and why we’ve changed it.
A 700,000-gallon replica of the Sea of Cortez in the Arizona desert
Sons of Wichita: understanding the enigmatic Koch brothers