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A Gold King Mine Timeline
A Gold King Mine Timeline
A tangled history of profit, tragedy and unfulfilled dreams.
Pain pill addiction has helped precipitate a rise in heroin abuse West-wide
Pain pill addiction has helped precipitate a rise in heroin abuse West-wide
Near Sacramento, California, nearly a dozen people died from opioids in recent weeks.
National parks: Where we go and where we don’t
National parks: Where we go and where we don’t
Much of the Park Service’s land in the West is poorly visited and little-known.
Could Los Angeles design its way to water independence?
Could Los Angeles design its way to water independence?
A pair of architects are reinvisioning the city's relationship with water, starting with storm runoff.
Coal on the verge of bankruptcy and drilling on sacred land
Mass shootings in Western states, by the numbers
Mass shootings in Western states, by the numbers
This week, a man opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, leaving 10 dead.
Where vandals target Western parks
Where vandals target Western parks
A by-the-numbers look at the most graffitied national parks.
Timeline of the sage grouse saga
Timeline of the sage grouse saga
One step forward, two steps back, starting from 1995.
Plants that burn fastest in a wildfire
Plants that burn fastest in a wildfire
Lichen burns cool and quick, while spruce burns slow and hot.
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Fatalities, backcountry trips, ATVs and Denali summit attempts over the years.
Mapping drought's impact on electricity generation
Mapping drought's impact on electricity generation
Natural gas, wind and solar fill some of the hydropower deficit in California.
Mapping 7 million gallons of crude oil spills
Mapping 7 million gallons of crude oil spills
A thousand pipeline ruptures or spills reported nationwide in the past five years.
Natural gas leaks are dangerous and exacerbate climate change
Natural gas leaks are dangerous and exacerbate climate change
Plus, enough gas has escaped infrastructure since 2010 to heat 170,000 homes for a year.
A timeline of the Antiquities Act
A timeline of the Antiquities Act
The presidential power tool for land conservation since Teddy Roosevelt.
A crystal ball for the Pacific Northwest’s climate
A crystal ball for the Pacific Northwest’s climate
This year’s drought is as bad as scientists predict for mid-century.
A wanderer’s guide to Western public lands
A wanderer’s guide to Western public lands
Cow patties, extraterrestrials and binoculars can help you figure out where you are.
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.
The quietest and noisiest spots in the West
The quietest and noisiest spots in the West
Some places are 20 decibels or less, similar to levels in pre-Colonial times.
An oil well, by the numbers
An oil well, by the numbers
A deep dive into drilling, operating and producing.
Health impacts of wood smoke
Health impacts of wood smoke
A look at which stoves and furnaces emit the most particles damaging to your health, plus which states burn the most wood.
Oil and Gas Facts
Most native tongues of the West are all but lost
Most native tongues of the West are all but lost
A map shows where just over 60 languages remain spoken around the region.
Best little bookstores of the West
Best little bookstores of the West
Plus, readers' favorite books about the region.