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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.
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.
Reviving a small hydroelectric plant on Castle Creek was supposed to help the city's utility get closer to providing 100 percent carbon free electricity as part of an effort to fight climate change. Instead, it's kicked up a furor.
An unlikely group of activists is championing a new bill to protect the Mojave Desert. But even if it passes, large swaths of once empty land will be developed.
The Golden State's new cap-and-trade program aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions while avoiding the pitfalls of similar attempts.
Sarah Gilman and KDNK's Nelson Harvey talk about why environmentalists in certain communities are divided about the appropriate way to address climate change.
Louisa Willcox, former senior wildlife advocate for Natural Resources Defense Council, reflects on political and environmental threats to grizzlies
“The Trees of San Francisco” walks you through a unique urban forest that has hundreds of species from around the world.
Retirees and interns donate millions of hours in national parks, and get to know the parks intimately.
To attract more customers and revenue, many Western tribal casinos are adding resort hotels, golf, spas and fancy restaurants.
KDNK's Nelson Harvey talks with Craig Childs about his story "Secret getaways of the National Conservation System."
A journalism professor kayaks alone for nearly 1,000 miles, dealing with difficult seas, icebergs, orcas and bears.
The residents of St. Thomas were forced to leave their homes behind when Lake Mead submerged their town. But after decades under water, drought has brought it back to the surface.
A writer uses the Internet and GPS to find secret Ancestral Puebloan dwellings and other wonders on Utah’s Cedar Mesa, home of the country’s highest concentration of archaeological sites.
The chief of Recreation Equipment Inc. has worked hard to support conservation and get people of all ages and colors outside. Can she do the same at the Department of Interior?
California's Mammoth Mountain provides a case study on the uncertainty of the ski business, and how global warming threatens to make it even more unpredictable.
- Bob Laybourn on Considering historical correctness in New Mexico
- William R DeJager on Wolf pups, and the return of wild wonder
- Brad Bergstrom on Did Obama's Interior hobble the Endangered Species Act?
- Dwayne Meadows on Idaho’s sewer system is the Snake River
- Dale Lockwood on Rural cops get militarized