People & Places

Photographs of open-air cremation in Colorado
Photographs of open-air cremation in Colorado
As eco-minded baby boomers age, they’re seeking alternatives to modern funerals.
Genetic research lays foundation for bold conservation strategies
Genetic research lays foundation for bold conservation strategies
To save the greatest number of species, should we focus on the most common?
A Yosemite gathering takes on culture, race, socioeconomics in national parks
A Yosemite gathering takes on culture, race, socioeconomics in national parks
Minorities, millennials and urbanites are less likely to visit national parks than upwardly mobile, white baby-boomers.
John Podesta: Legacy maker
John Podesta: Legacy maker
This Washington insider’s ‘hidden hand’ has guided the environmental achievements of presidents for two decades.
Janet Kessler: The urban coyote watcher
Janet Kessler: The urban coyote watcher
This San Franciscan has spent the last decade tracking, studying, documenting, and generally enjoying the heck out of her favorite neighbor.
Fisher-poets of the pale tide
Fisher-poets of the pale tide
A gathering of maritime minstrels on the Oregon coast.
Wins for workers
Wins for workers
Western cities lead the national movement for a higher minimum wage.
Tribal fishing on the Klamath River
Tribal fishing on the Klamath River
Photographs of sturgeon, steelhead, salmon and lamprey fishing.
A defender of North Dakota's badlands wonders if it's time to leave
A defender of North Dakota's badlands wonders if it's time to leave
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is not immune to effects of the Bakken oil boom.
Should oil pipelines be better regulated instead of flat out opposed?
Should oil pipelines be better regulated instead of flat out opposed?
Conversation with an author of a new book on pipeline rust, regulation and safety.
A Latino sportsman talks with the BLM's Utah director
A Latino sportsman talks with the BLM's Utah director
Juan Palma discusses states' rights, landscape-scale planning and how personal history affects public decisions.
A German’s shattered romance with the West
A German’s shattered romance with the West
An essayist asks whether the West is the most misunderstood region in the U.S.
Children in Alaska’s barbaric country
Children in Alaska’s barbaric country
As parents, we watch our kids walk into vast new worlds — like it or not.
An outsider’s guide to insider Portland
An outsider’s guide to insider Portland
Dispatch from a dryland alien in the rainy Northwest.
Raccoonboy’s guide to urban wilds
Raccoonboy’s guide to urban wilds
When in doubt, climb; fences are made for hopping.
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 West in 72 hours
The West in 72 hours
Asian tourists look for space, spectacles and a decent bowl of noodles.
On the road with America’s sightseers
On the road with America’s sightseers
A photographer looks at three decades of tourism.
Ranch Diaries: Tiny living, 23 miles from town
Ranch Diaries: Tiny living, 23 miles from town
After a chicken coop, a tipi and no electricity, this four-season camper is our most modern home yet.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announces retirement
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announces retirement
The Nevada senator is a formidable leader and champion of progressive issues.
Unwanted California tires end up in rivers and beaches
Unwanted California tires end up in rivers and beaches
But efforts to use the trash as building materials in Mexico offer new hope.
The woman who brings drinking water to remote Navajo homes
The woman who brings drinking water to remote Navajo homes
In the parched countryside, delivery means community.
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.