People & Places

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.