Economy

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.
Dispatch from a gas patch shopping trip
Dispatch from a gas patch shopping trip
Reporters Notebook from New Mexico's San Juan Basin.
Boom! Bust!
Boom! Bust!
Forty-five years of High Country News boom and bust cover stories.
How 'amenity migrants' push out locals
How 'amenity migrants' push out locals
Communities once sustained by local labor now rely on stock market dividends.
Lessons from boom and bust in New Mexico
Lessons from boom and bust in New Mexico
What we can learn from the oil and gas roller coaster ride in Farmington and beyond.
An oil well, by the numbers
An oil well, by the numbers
A deep dive into drilling, operating and producing.
Oil and Gas Facts
Don't expect oil prices to rebound anytime soon
Don't expect oil prices to rebound anytime soon
Global forces conspire to keep energy prices low, for better and worse.
USDA announces new grants to reduce 'grain drain'
USDA announces new grants to reduce 'grain drain'
With the average age of farmers still rising, grants to help out newbies don't get to the root of the problem.
Statistical realism
Statistical realism
David Hughes crunches unpopular numbers for the shale oil boom.
After a string of accidents, refinery workers strike for safety
After a string of accidents, refinery workers strike for safety
Federal and state investigations have found lax safety practices at oil refineries going back a decade.
Feds demand payback for misused stimulus funds
Feds demand payback for misused stimulus funds
Millions of dollars for carbon sequestration that apparently never happened.
The increasingly unequal West
The increasingly unequal West
Rich get richer while everyone else wallows in a region once known to be economically egalitarian.