Economy

Keystone XL Pipeline gets a step closer to completion
Keystone XL Pipeline gets a step closer to completion
An already-built section of the pipeline spilled 210,000 gallons of oil last week.
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Navajo council rejects plans for Escalade’s tram, shops, restaurants.
A Wyoming county pursues a private immigration jail
A Wyoming county pursues a private immigration jail
A rural town hopes incarceration will boost its local economy.
West Obsessed: The battle over solar energy
West Obsessed: The battle over solar energy
High Country News delves into a win for Nevada’s solar customers and what it means for the grid.
Can coal remain the bedrock of Wyoming’s economy?
Can coal remain the bedrock of Wyoming’s economy?
As companies experiment with “clean coal,” cheaper and cleaner fuels are taking over.
As oceans acidify, shellfish farmers respond
As oceans acidify, shellfish farmers respond
Scientists collaborate to mitigate climate impacts in the Northwest.
‘Medicare for all’ would finally fulfill tribes’ treaty rights
‘Medicare for all’ would finally fulfill tribes’ treaty rights
The proposed plan is unlikely to pass, but would bolster the Indian health system.
Send us a tip: How are your state lands managed?
Send us a tip: How are your state lands managed?
We’d like to know how your state is managing — or mismanaging — its trust lands or parks.
All health care is socialism
All health care is socialism
You can’t treat it as a supply-and-demand economy; nobody ever chooses to get sick.
A community copes with record low salmon returns
A community copes with record low salmon returns
On the Fraser River, faltering salmon populations have impacted tribes and urban economies.
Colorado’s biggest methane emitter may get a discount
Colorado’s biggest methane emitter may get a discount
In exchange, the state asks a coal mine to trap its gas—but the BLM won’t require it.
Where federal agencies are failing Indian Country
Where federal agencies are failing Indian Country
A government report shows ‘high-risk’ problems haven’t been addressed.
Money-for-water programs work — but for how long?
Money-for-water programs work — but for how long?
In the Colorado River Basin, a pilot project wins over skeptical farmers and ranchers.
Texas hurricane exposes flaws in flood protections
Texas hurricane exposes flaws in flood protections
After a series of disasters, a national insurance program is struggling financially.
A salmon festival portends struggles on the Klamath River
A salmon festival portends struggles on the Klamath River
The Yurok Tribe has again halted fishing during the chinook’s fall run.
How many golf trips is public funding for the arts worth?
How many golf trips is public funding for the arts worth?
Consider the saguaro cactus — and celebrate it with your tax dollars.
States restrict chinook fisheries
States restrict chinook fisheries
Extreme climate conditions over recent years pummeled the king of Western salmon.
The West’s latest prospecting frenzy? Extraterrestrial gold.
The West’s latest prospecting frenzy? Extraterrestrial gold.
Companies are hunting for lithium near Moab, Utah.
The days of $10 senior National Park passes are ending
The days of $10 senior National Park passes are ending
And seniors are rushing to get one before they’re gone.
The boondoggle of Trump’s border wall
The boondoggle of Trump’s border wall
There’s no separating the land and people of the border region.
A gang of goats; Western weed booms; crow funerals
A gang of goats; Western weed booms; crow funerals
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The West braces for a “cosmic traffic jam”
The West braces for a “cosmic traffic jam”
Hordes of travelers have filled up campsites and hotels in preparation.
Court rules EPA must enforce Obama-era methane rule
Court rules EPA must enforce Obama-era methane rule
The Trump administration’s rollback of environmental regulations has hit a roadblock.