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How private prisons became a booming business
How private prisons became a booming business
The numbers and policies behind the immigration-incarceration economy.
Ten years, 3 million pounds of soil and 1,800 sensors
Ten years, 3 million pounds of soil and 1,800 sensors
The numbers behind the world’s largest weathering experiment.
How many Westerners does the Affordable Care Act cover?
How many Westerners does the Affordable Care Act cover?
As Republicans push Obamacare repeal, Montana stands to lose the most.
Mass shootings in Western states, by the numbers
Mass shootings in Western states, by the numbers
In October, 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.
Best little bookstores of the West
Best little bookstores of the West
Plus, readers' favorite books about the region.
Nevada wins the Tesla battery factory giga-race
Nevada wins the Tesla battery factory giga-race
Massive incentive package raises questions about corporate welfare.