Communities

‘Will my tears cool the ash?’
‘Will my tears cool the ash?’
A firefighter contemplates the coming fire season.
Why Western wildfires are getting more expensive
Why Western wildfires are getting more expensive
This year’s fire season was the costliest on record, burning more than 9 million acres.
Montana’s rough, fiery summer
Montana’s rough, fiery summer
This year’s wildfires were a public health nightmare.
Rural residents defy Washington law
Some wise-use landowners in Washington are so upset by planning that they're talking about secession.
Some state governments try planning from top down
Oregon's 21-year-old land-use law survives challenges but Colorado fails to follow its lead.
When planning plays catch-up
A recent real estate boom tempers one Colorado town's enthusiasm for growth.
Golf course splits ranch family
A Colorado family splits over the decision to sell off their ranch to a golf course developer.
Boulder's ingenuity has a few drawbacks
Boulder's innovative land use and planning have spawned a few problems of their own.
A soft-paths approach to land conservation
One approach to land use is to create private, nonprofit land trusts.
A toolbox to shape the future
Planning tools used in the West vary greatly from community to community.
Can planning rein in a stampede?
The uncontrolled growth of Western states makes planning essential.
The NIMBY factor
Jane Anne Morris writes a handbook for activists called Not In My Back Yard.
'Takings' takes a hit
The Iowa Supreme Court rules that development can be halted when it threatens an ancient Native American burial mound.
'Poor man's legacy' may be preserved in Jackson Hole
Historic, photogenic Moulton Barn may be preserved by the National Park Service.
Eating the scenery
Oregon economics consulting firm issues report, Transitions: New Incentives for Rural Communities.
Children need the wild
A review of Gary Paul Nabhan's The Geography of Childhood.
Now you see them ...
Cartographers are removing Indian ruins from maps to protect their locations.
FBI was out to get freethinking DeVoto
Writer and conservationist Bernard DeVoto was thoroughly investigated by the FBI.
Here come Rainbows
Big Piney residents calm about Rainbow influx.
Camping out in the Merry Widow Mine
Merry Widow Mine a spa for arthritis sufferers.
Montana organizes to fight the hate groups
Montana organizes to fight influx of hate groups.
Home, home on the range … where neo-Nazis and skinheads roam
Montana Human Rights Network and attorney general's office fight against increasing influence and influx of radical right hate groups.
Summer camp for grown-ups
Teton Science School offers natural history courses.