Economy

Should this national monument become a national park?
Should this national monument become a national park?
An Idaho town hopes changing Craters of the Moon to park status will boost its economy.
Four charts that show how public land is good for rural areas
Four charts that show how public land is good for rural areas
A new study finds that personal income is rising faster in counties with more public land.
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
How a small-time mining dispute in Oregon readied a network of militias for the Malheur occupation.
Forest Service leaves control of water rights to ski resorts
Forest Service leaves control of water rights to ski resorts
How does industry control of water affect public land management?
Coal company bankruptcies jeopardize reclamation
Coal company bankruptcies jeopardize reclamation
The public could foot the bill for billions in cleanup costs.
Shifts toward clean energy threaten Montana coal town
Shifts toward clean energy threaten Montana coal town
Washington and Oregon utilities consider pulling out of Colstrip’s power station.
Feds announce moratorium on new coal leases
Feds announce moratorium on new coal leases
Interior Department will examine the federal coal program in light of climate change.
Economic downturns fuel Sagebrush Rebellion events
Economic downturns fuel Sagebrush Rebellion events
Natural resource-dependent rural economies help explain why disputes happen where they do.
Nevada decision guts the state’s thriving solar industry
Nevada decision guts the state’s thriving solar industry
Electric utility pushed effort to sour economics of rooftop solar.
Huge U.S. coal company declares bankruptcy
Huge U.S. coal company declares bankruptcy
Bad investments, cheap natural gas and air pollution regulations led to Arch's decline.
Economic diplomacy in Sagebrush Rebel country
Economic diplomacy in Sagebrush Rebel country
A new science and education center gives rural Utah a boost.
5 things I learned about managing my money from covering the oil bust
5 things I learned about managing my money from covering the oil bust
A reporter relays tips from her time in the field.
Pot dollars and range riders
Pot dollars and range riders
News in brief.
Two visions for the future collide in the Wasatch Range
Two visions for the future collide in the Wasatch Range
As ski resorts push for a mega-connection, backcountry skiers try to save some of the wild
Highway injustice in Denver’s Latino neighborhoods
Highway injustice in Denver’s Latino neighborhoods
Poor districts have breathed I-70’s pollution for decades. Now they’re facing its expansion.
Locavores aren’t loved by everybody
Locavores aren’t loved by everybody
Big Ag stands on shifting ground
Big Ag stands on shifting ground
Millions in debt, a community wonders if its water source will provide
Millions in debt, a community wonders if its water source will provide
This master-planned community must keep building to survive, despite the drought.
Coal comfort, secretive powerbrokers and dastardly Ducks Unlimited
Will GMO salmon harm Alaska’s fishing industry?
Will GMO salmon harm Alaska’s fishing industry?
Fishermen fear AquaBounty’s creation will collapse salmon prices, but history tells a more complex tale.
How a plan to save southeastern Colorado went off the rails
How a plan to save southeastern Colorado went off the rails
Heritage tourism offered a way out of economic doldrums. Why did it go wrong?
Hillary Clinton woos coal communities
Hillary Clinton woos coal communities
Coal companies say government programs won’t replace their high-paying jobs.
Photos: Tracing poverty in the West
Photos: Tracing poverty in the West
Over 11.5 million people live in poverty in Western states; here are intimate portraits of their communities.