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Only a handful of seats are truly up for grabs, including two in the West, and they’re being fiercely contested.
When a worker died on the job, the company paid a $6,700 penalty, inciting new discussion on the issue.
Portland’s fluoridation battle shows how tricky it is to integrate science into debates that have as much to do with values as policy.
It wasn't visionary city officials; it was a movement to save the city's ethnic Chinese neighborhoods in the '60s.
Red tape makes it difficult for veterans in Indian Country to access a key federal assistance program.
Photographer Rebecca Drobis looks for universal images of youth on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana.
The debate over the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing is heating up this fall, as several cities along Colorado’s Front Range prepare to vote on fracking bans or moratoriums.
Irrigation shutoffs in the river's upper basin may finally help move a historic water deal on the Oregon-California border.
Hal Herring talks with KDNK's Nelson Harvey about looming energy development in his wild and sprawling backyard
Western kids have fun -- and die -- motoring off-road, thanks to loose ATV regulations, a libertarian spirit and fun-loving parents.
Latino music stations -- even commercial ones -- increasingly resemble public service organizations.
In Wyoming's top resort town, the desire to protect the environment and the community's character kills big affordable housing projects.
Sailors' journals detailing the weather of voyages past could improve the accuracy of climate models' projections of the future.
A new provision lets tribes prosecute non-tribal members for violent crimes like rape for the first time.
KDNK's Nelson Harvey talks with HCN Senior Editor Ray Ring about his recent cover story on the clash between conservation goals and the need for affordable housing in Jackson, Wyoming.
How the huge and fragile network of wires intertwined into our very existence may determine whether we can kick our carbon habit.
Woodside, Utah, a dusty town with an out-of-service gas station and not much else, is for sale. Mike Metzger’s creative marketing of the oddball property led to a media frenzy, but thus far, no buyers.
KDNK's Nelson Harvey talks with Jonathan Thompson about our stressed and complicated transmission system.
A map of the West's electric grid and graphs of weather related disturbances, the balance between regional systems, and the impact of geographic smoothing on renewable energy.
Scientists studying eagles on the Chilkat River near Haines worry that nearby mineral exploration may threaten a chum salmon run the migrating raptors rely on, possibly with cross-continent consequences.
The Alaska Legislature cut the industry’s taxes to boost declining production in the North Slope. But the rollbacks don’t seem likely to have the desired effect.
Biologists and federal officials hope to direct booming oil, gas and wind development away from the rare reptile in southwest Wyoming and northwest Colorado
Conservative transplants largely from California have taken over Kootenai County -- have they gone too far?
Amid bitter controversy over allowing hunters and trappers to reduce wolf populations, a Montana couple is dedicated to their hunt.
Generous spring snow storms were a momentary, if welcome, distraction from the region's real weather story: drought.
Conflicts began after the BLM banned ranchers from fighting fire on public land. But a surprising solution has emerged.
A little-known 1955 law gives the Forest Service a way to shut down placer mining claims along some Western rivers.
Emily Guerin talks with KDNK's Nelson Harvey about why this unusual collaboration is working in Idaho.
In New Mexico, the open and inclusive campaign for a 240,000-acre monument sidestepped the usual controversy drummed up by such designations.
- Traci Amborn on Fracking is the big new gun
- Deb Dedon on Should the president of the Navajo Nation speak Navajo?
- Deb O'Neill on Wyoming grapples with how to fund wildlife conservation
- Bill Williams on Wyoming grapples with how to fund wildlife conservation
- Nathan Johnson on Wyoming grapples with how to fund wildlife conservation