Economy

Ranch owner builds in the path of pronghorn migration
Ranch owner builds in the path of pronghorn migration
It’s not clear if the new building could interfere with the animal’s long-distance travels.
Ski areas add warm-weather options
Ski areas add warm-weather options
Forest Service has made it easier for resorts to include summer activities.
U.S. House changes its rules to ease federal land transfers
U.S. House changes its rules to ease federal land transfers
The Western movement to transfer federal lands scores an early victory in the new Congress.
Obama’s lasting legacies in the West
Obama’s lasting legacies in the West
Under the 44th president, the West re-examined its relationship to energy and the climate.
The twisted economics of the Dakota Access Pipeline
The twisted economics of the Dakota Access Pipeline
It’s not about energy independence or even climate change. It’s all about profit.
Plans falter for West Coast coal terminals
Plans falter for West Coast coal terminals
Coal companies look to Asia, but face port challenges.
Pipeline protesters seek refuge from the cold
Pipeline protesters seek refuge from the cold
A dispatch from Prairie Knights Casino, now an outpost of the Standing Rock protests.
The other land transfer effort
The other land transfer effort
After more than a century, some Western states receive school trust lands.
How to fix exclusive resort towns
How to fix exclusive resort towns
It’s time to rethink urbanization in mountain communities.
Alaska’s gas pipeline dreams
Alaska’s gas pipeline dreams
A decades-long plan to deliver the state’s gas reserves to the market remains in purgatory.
A different boom-and-bust story
A different boom-and-bust story
Bridging the here/elsewhere divide in a country grown accustomed to failure.
For fossil fuel-reliant towns, a solar alternative grows
For fossil fuel-reliant towns, a solar alternative grows
A rural solar movement is growing, which focuses on local resilience.
Rural economies get high on legal cannabis
Rural economies get high on legal cannabis
For some small Colorado communities, recreational marijuana is generating much-needed revenue.
In New Mexico, a way out of the boom-bust cycle?
In New Mexico, a way out of the boom-bust cycle?
Lea County tries a different formula for rural success.
How a rural town recovered after mining’s death
How a rural town recovered after mining’s death
The disappearance of mining has hit many towns hard. But Raton, New Mexico is getting back on its feet.
The West’s messy intersections
How to tell the story of the West, rural and urban
How to tell the story of the West, rural and urban
A residential library for readers, poets and naturalists takes shape.
Science fiction’s warnings for the present
Science fiction’s warnings for the present
Kim Stanley Robinson on climate change and the precarious health of the planet.
The blind hope of the energy field Trump voter
The blind hope of the energy field Trump voter
The president-elect is sure to roll back regulations, but he won’t end the oil and gas bust.
How can we protect our National Parks? Here’s an idea.
How can we protect our National Parks? Here’s an idea.
Maintenance issues abound, a new Civilian Conservation Corps could lend a hand.
An end to old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass?
An end to old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass?
Does a Forest Service plan to end clear-cuts of old stands go far enough?
In Canada, mountain caribou recovery falters
In Canada, mountain caribou recovery falters
A decade of conservation efforts has done little to stop the decline of the endangered ungulates or their rainforest home.
‘These big dreams to have everyone prosper’
‘These big dreams to have everyone prosper’
A conversation with Renae Yellowhorse about the proposal to build a tram to the Colorado River.