People & Places

Photos: A look at the West’s weirdest sports
Photos: A look at the West’s weirdest sports
People compete in everything from pumpkin racing to outhouse sledding.
Let’s be clear: TSA’s new tactics are bribery
Let’s be clear: TSA’s new tactics are bribery
A new program lets you cut in line at security, for a fee.
How the Keep it in the Ground movement came to be
How the Keep it in the Ground movement came to be
A look back at a decade of coverage of anti-fossil fuel protests.
After attack, the country’s oldest park ranger is back at work
After attack, the country’s oldest park ranger is back at work
Betty Reid Soskin, 94, was beaten and robbed two weeks ago.
Meet Utah’s first transgender candidate for US Senate
Meet Utah’s first transgender candidate for US Senate
Democratic candidate Misty Snow is progressive, transgender and, she says, increasingly representative of Utah.
What can we still learn from Edward Abbey, 25 years after his death?
What can we still learn from Edward Abbey, 25 years after his death?
A trio of new books take a look at Abbey’s mixed legacy on environment, gender and immigration.
Meet the new advocates for the West
Meet the new advocates for the West
A generation of young Western activists are using outdoor sports as a step towards conservation.
Meet the badasses bringing outdoor rec to the people who pioneered it
Meet the badasses bringing outdoor rec to the people who pioneered it
More groups are focused on getting Native Americans outside.
What if I’m not white?
What if I’m not white?
A former sports writer tries to find a place for himself in the outdoors.
Diversity in the outdoors, one hashtag at a time
Diversity in the outdoors, one hashtag at a time
A conversation with Teresa Baker, founder of Hike Like a Girl.
A new generation of warriors for the wild
A new generation of warriors for the wild
Sierra Club rec head Stacy Bare sees a role for veterans in conservation.
#whereisjose: The man forging a new path in the outdoors
#whereisjose: The man forging a new path in the outdoors
José González is tapping into Latinos’ passion for nature.
See the vanishing rest stops of the American West
See the vanishing rest stops of the American West
A review of “The Last Stop” and a look at iconic roadside waypoints.
Evicted by climate change
Evicted by climate change
Government regulations forced the Yup’ik to give up their semi-nomadic existence. Now, the land where they settled is vanishing.
In praise of a wild West
In praise of a wild West
A 21st-century vision for Western public lands, including their role in solving challenges like climate change.
See the members of this unofficial border patrol
See the members of this unofficial border patrol
The Arizona Border Recon aims to provide intel and back-up for federal officers at the U.S.-Mexican border.
Ranch Diaries: Trusting your horse on ice and in quicksand
Ranch Diaries: Trusting your horse on ice and in quicksand
On the ranch, horses help us through bad weather and barbed wire mishaps on a regular basis.
I’m thinking of naming my dog Obamacare
I’m thinking of naming my dog Obamacare
Just imagine the possibilities!
Taking water’s measure
Taking water’s measure
A three-day trip to measure Montana’s snowpack follows a century of tradition.
The lost in canyon country
The lost in canyon country
A new book recounts the many mysterious disappearances in the Western desert.
Why the EPA fails to enforce the Civil Rights Act
Why the EPA fails to enforce the Civil Rights Act
Despite a new environmental justice action plan, the EPA has a poor record of protecting communities of color from toxic environments.
Big funds for Native American farmers and ranchers on the way
Big funds for Native American farmers and ranchers on the way
The largest ever philanthropic fund for Indian Country stems from a 1999 class-action lawsuit.
On the road with a transient immigrant rights lawyer
On the road with a transient immigrant rights lawyer
Lawyer Melanie Gleason is traveling the West, offering legal advice pro bono.