Issues

Red State Rising
Red State Rising
Utah's powerful economic engine hinges on a potent combination of capitalism and collectivism. Also, political coverage, including looks at money in Western races, redistricting, Nevada politics, the Latino vote, and important races you've never heard of.
Are you a local?
Are you a local?
Issue Summary: Our annual Books and Essays issue features essays about finding our place in the West by Craig Childs, Hannah Nordhaus and Sarah Gilman, author profiles, and many reviews of new books.
Pallids in Purgatory
Pallids in Purgatory
On the overworked Missouri River, searching for signs that pallid sturgeon haven't reached the end of their line. Also, superhero scientists unleash new weapons in the fight against invasive cheatgrass, the politics of public health, fire scientists duke it out over what the West's forests should look like, and more.
Identity Politics, Montana Style
Identity Politics, Montana Style
Is Senate candidate Denny Rehberg of Montana really who he says he is? Also, looking into refinery safety, air pollution around gas fields, a closer examination of federal land swaps, and more.
Troubled Taos
Troubled Taos
A New Mexican town known for its art scene is home to a fractured community where distrust of Anglo newcomers plays out in a fight over whether Hispano old timers have a right to land. Also, examining Jerry Brown's California water plan, an interview with Alaska's lieutenant governor, and saving threatened Utah prairie dogs.
Of Birds and Men
Of Birds and Men
Piecing together a 50-year restoration in San Francisco's South Bay, one species at a time. Also, why defensible space around homes still burns, finding and growing edible camas, a Native American staple, the Bakken water boom, and more.
The Hardest Climb
The Hardest Climb
Black Diamond CEO Peter Metcalf built a climbing-gear business when nobody thought it could be done. But his dream of turning the outdoor industry into a conservation champion remains tantalizingly elusive. Also, exporting coal to Asia incites a motley opposition, saving chimneys and swifts, Utah tar sands, Oregon logging pollution, and more.
Special travel issue
Special travel issue
Land art in the West, Twilight and the Quileute tribe; three days in New Mexico, Montana, and Reno; Las Vegas gun tourism; Craig Childs on travel to the deep past.
The Darkest Shade of Polygamy
The Darkest Shade of Polygamy
Utah and Arizona fail to crack down on abusive polygamous sects which persist even after Warren Jeffs' conviction; abalone poachers versus wildlife officials; nuclear regulator Gregory Jaczko's sharp eye will be missed; scientists enlist help for spider surveys and more.
The Gila Bend Photon Club
The Gila Bend Photon Club
Gila Bend, Arizona: Crumbling remnant of the Old West or the perfect place for utility-scale solar to finally take off?; also, selenium's problems, hunter-run Super PACS, do conservation-minded subdivisions work?; voluntary endangered species conservation agreements, and more
The sediment dumps of L.A.
The sediment dumps of L.A.
When Camron Stone realized that a nearby riparian forest was about to be bulldozed by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, he tried to fight back. Also, the skinny on land grabs by state lawmakers, turning diesel into fertilizer, new science of beetle kill and wildfires, and more
A Mexican rancher struggles to shift from cattle to conservation
A Mexican rancher struggles to shift from cattle to conservation
In Northwest Mexico, rancher Carlos Robles Elías works hard to make his Rancho El Aribabi into an oasis of biodiversity, despite the challenges of a sagging economy and rampant drug cartel violence. Also, Arizona's clean elections law, tackling gangs with Steinbeck, balancing fish and farms, and more.
The Other Bakken Boom
The Other Bakken Boom
North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes are struggling with living in the heart of the Bakken Formation, North Dakota’s gigantic oil play; an "all of the above" renewable bill; extreme cartography; how Peter Gleick's fall hurts California water policy, and more.
Water Warrior
Water Warrior
Bob Rawlings, publisher of the Pueblo Chieftain, has battled for decades to bring water to southeastern Colorado and, once it's there, to keep it no matter what. Also, sodbusting farmers plow up the Northern Plains prairie, saving a rare Oregon ponderosa pine, healing art on the Navajo Nation, finding the Old Spanish Trail, and more.
The Zombies of Teton County
The Zombies of Teton County
Dead and half-dead subdivisions plague the West, especially in Teton County, Idaho, where locals are trying to deal with the unforeseen impacts of the real estate bust.
How Arizona's culture helped shape the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords
How Arizona's culture helped shape the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords
If you want to understand why Jared Lee Loughner shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others at a Tucson Safeway in 2011, look to Arizona’s soulless culture and vitriolic politics. Also, ground truthing Obama's praise of natural gas, ecosystem services of water-cleaning forests, an environmental warrior still going strong at 95, and more.
Can evolution help snowshoe hares adapt to climate change?
Can evolution help snowshoe hares adapt to climate change?
Wildlife biologists study the seasonal coat changes of snowshoe hares for clues about how wild animals may evolve in response to climate change. Also, local planning gets challenged as a U.N. conspiracy theory, the politics of choosing judges, and a Wyoming naturalist seeks Sasquatch.
Billboard corporations use money and influence to override your vote
Billboard corporations use money and influence to override your vote
In Salt Lake City and other Western communities, billboard companies battle local democracy. Also in this issue: Buying out grazing permits to solve public lands conflicts, mom-and-pop energy companies risk a lot to find new reserves, A lawsuit raises questions about how far environmentalists should go to keep wilderness 'untrammeled.', and much more.
Perilous Passages
Perilous Passages
Along the 120-mile-long "Path of the Pronghorn," migrating animals cross rivers, dodge traffic, battle blizzards and navigate the infrastructure of Wyoming energy development.
Out on a limb
Out on a limb
As whitebark pines in the Northern Rockies succumb to pine beetles and blister rust, hardworking climbers defy gravity to collect pine cones from canopies to supply efforts to breed more resilient and resistant trees.