Growth & Sustainability

Why save the small town?
Why save the small town?
Cities may seem inevitable, but rural communities are finding ways to hang on.
Seeking economic health for small towns
Seeking economic health for small towns
A project looks at how communities are faring in rural New Mexico.
In rural New Mexico, a new brewery creates momentum
In rural New Mexico, a new brewery creates momentum
Truth or Consequences looks for ways to attract a new generation of entrepreneurs.
West Obsessed: Why a blue town voted for Trump
West Obsessed: Why a blue town voted for Trump
The recipe for a political swing: retirees, unpopular candidates, local organizing.
I am the High Priestess of Leave No Trace
I am the High Priestess of Leave No Trace
A miscreant is littering. What’s the Priestess to do then?
The cost of the bighorn comeback
The cost of the bighorn comeback
In California’s Eastern Sierra, bringing back bighorn has meant killing more mountain lions.
On climate change: ‘Do something, do anything, just don’t do nothing’
On climate change: ‘Do something, do anything, just don’t do nothing’
How a lucky encounter changed the course of a young mother’s life.
West Obsessed: The prison economy traps the innocent
West Obsessed: The prison economy traps the innocent
How a town dependent on incarceration came to be and what that meant for one asylum-seeker.
The danger of urban ‘heat islands’
The danger of urban ‘heat islands’
How built-up cities and higher temperatures threaten human health.
Meet Ruth, who makes a home for the houseless
Meet Ruth, who makes a home for the houseless
After her husband’s death, a woman collects a new family.
An end to Tucson’s growth wars
An end to Tucson’s growth wars
A conservation plan puts science ahead of politics.
How stargazing connects us
How stargazing connects us
And how growing light pollution threatens that connection.
Montana refuge divides tribes and ranchers
Montana refuge divides tribes and ranchers
The American Prairie Reserve offers a controversial vision for an intact prairie ecosystem.
Public banking goes to pot
Public banking goes to pot
California activists turn to the cannabis industry to help launch the nation’s first public bank in nearly a century.
Suburbanites reckon with arcane drilling law
Suburbanites reckon with arcane drilling law
On Colorado’s Front Range, companies can extract oil and gas from private land — without homeowners’ permission.
Western cities try to cut light pollution
Western cities try to cut light pollution
Hitting the dimmer switch on city light helps animals and skygazers, too.
Harry Reid exits the ring
Harry Reid exits the ring
In an era of political gridlock, Congress loses a leader who got things done for the West.
A new use for old produce
A new use for old produce
Inside the cross-border operation that saves fresh food from the trash.
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.
The ‘chickenization’ of beef
The ‘chickenization’ of beef
Obama’s efforts to help small-scale ranchers competing against Big Ag were blocked and ultimately fell short.
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 Park Service centennial celebration’s damage to the lands
The Park Service centennial celebration’s damage to the lands
The numbers behind the 100th year celebration of our overflowing parks.
Five reasons to be optimistic about climate change
Five reasons to be optimistic about climate change
Recent accomplishments have paved a way forward for more environmental progress.