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  • 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 Gabby Giffords and 18 others at a Tucson Safeway in 2011, look to Arizona’s soulless culture and vitriolic politics.

  • Pity the Sacketts? Not much

    Pity the Sacketts? Not much

    An Idaho couple are getting a lot of sympathy because the EPA has halted construction of their planned home on a wetland, but if the agency would be more open with the facts, it would come out looking better.

  • The adolescent West

    The adolescent West

    Logan, Utah, needs to get over its adolescent angst and decide what it wants to be when it grows up.

  • Green 'New Urbanist' development rises in Albuquerque suburbs

    Green 'New Urbanist' development rises in Albuquerque suburbs

    An ambitious green development is in the works on Mesa del Sol just outside of Albuquerque, N.M.

  •  The problem of Western water is not what you think

    The problem of Western water is not what you think

    Water conservation in the West is ultimately just a waste of time.

  • The big bonfire

    The big bonfire

    The economy is stuck in a ditch, but on climate change the U.S. is finally moving in the right direction.

  • Little orphan easement?

    Little orphan easement?

    When a land trust dissolves, its conservation easements need to be taken on by another group, but that’s not as easy as it sounds.

  • Death by a thousand wells

    Death by a thousand wells

    Unregulated domestic wells are straining water supplies in Washington’s Yakima Valley and throughout the West.

  • A slow-moving disaster

    A slow-moving disaster

    As bark beetles ravage Rocky Mountain forests, communities like Granby, Colo., have to adjust to a radically different landscape.

  • The Growth Machine is Broken

    The Growth Machine is Broken

    Phoenix land-use planners want to use a chunk of state trust land as a laboratory for future, more sustainable real estate development.

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