Economy

Whitewater parks: an unlikely drought bailout
Whitewater parks: an unlikely drought bailout
Expensive artificial wave features can ease dry times for river economies.
Private-land camping startups offer alternative to public lands
Private-land camping startups offer alternative to public lands
Airbnb-like websites spring up in response to overcrowded public campsites.
Living the dream, on overtime
Living the dream, on overtime
Why the outdoor industry opposes a federal minimum wage.
Natural gas exports to Mexico are surging
Natural gas exports to Mexico are surging
A major new energy export market quietly emerges as Mexico takes advantage of low-priced U.S. gas.
Lake Mead watch: As the Colorado dries up, will tourism?
Lake Mead watch: As the Colorado dries up, will tourism?
What dropping water levels could mean for the region’s recreation economy.
The U.S.’s only rare-earth mine files for bankruptcy
The U.S.’s only rare-earth mine files for bankruptcy
How plain old economics could end Molycorp’s Mountain Pass Mine in the Mojave Desert.
The scrappy effort to revive a former mining town
The scrappy effort to revive a former mining town
In Butte, Montana, optimism is booming.
Wrangell recovers from its timber hangover
Wrangell recovers from its timber hangover
Can a small Alaska town overcome the booms and busts of resource development?
Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust
Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust
Forget the hype. In the global rush for energy-critical elements, our region can't compete.
Outfitters seek exemption from new federal minimum wage
Outfitters seek exemption from new federal minimum wage
Bill would allow recreation businesses to operate on federal land without paying staff $10.10 an hour.
Can leasing irrigation water keep Colorado farms alive?
Can leasing irrigation water keep Colorado farms alive?
Farmers try to stop “buy and dry” by pooling water rights to supply growing cities.
Drilling is down, driving is up in wake of low petroleum prices
Drilling is down, driving is up in wake of low petroleum prices
Demand increases, but rig counts plummet and workers continue to get laid off.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could pipe in new business for the Western gas industry
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could pipe in new business for the Western gas industry
By lowering tariffs and regulatory hurdles, the deal could make it easier to sell natural gas to Japan.
Sightseeing at an open pit mine in Arizona copper country
Sightseeing at an open pit mine in Arizona copper country
The mines are still in business, yet towns that once flourished are now mostly gone.
Wins for workers
Wins for workers
Western cities lead the national movement for a higher minimum wage.
Huge new 'communities' planned for Tucson, Albuquerque
Huge new 'communities' planned for Tucson, Albuquerque
Sprawl rises from its slumber, but urban renaissance is still thriving.
Tribal fishing on the Klamath River
Tribal fishing on the Klamath River
Photographs of sturgeon, steelhead, salmon and lamprey fishing.
How an international trade deal will impact Western states
How an international trade deal will impact Western states
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could mean more beef imports and natural gas exports.
Interior considers hike in oil and gas royalty rates
Interior considers hike in oil and gas royalty rates
Industry opposes reforms at a time when low oil prices deter drilling.
International tourists in Western states, by the numbers
International tourists in Western states, by the numbers
Where they’re from, where they go and where they spend their money.
As drought pervades, can markets make us water-wiser?
As drought pervades, can markets make us water-wiser?
Proponents say market tools can better move water where it's needed.
Rural counties to lose the most from defunded lands programs
Rural counties to lose the most from defunded lands programs
What happens to local budgets when Congress stops these federal payments.
Wyoming’s coal industry faces uncertain future
Wyoming’s coal industry faces uncertain future
New study examines threats to state’s coal-dependent economy.