People & Places

What it’s like to fight off fire to save your home
What it’s like to fight off fire to save your home
As neighbors evacuated, one family stayed behind.
‘Will my tears cool the ash?’
‘Will my tears cool the ash?’
A firefighter contemplates the coming fire season.
Car-eating marmots; poacher ring bust-up; a Tofurky surprise
Car-eating marmots; poacher ring bust-up; a Tofurky surprise
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
A marriage of unequals
A marriage of unequals
A review of 'Leaving Before the Rains Come,' Alexandra Fuller’s account of her unsteady arc from Zimbabwe to Wyoming
Why are the feds sticking with a racist name for a Washington lake?
How to survive the bust
How to survive the bust
As oil prices plummet, a drill rig worker traces the effects among his brethren.
The self in perpetual motion
The self in perpetual motion
A review of "Spirit Bird: Stories" by Kent Nelson.
How 2013’s Front Range floods changed the face of the region
How 2013’s Front Range floods changed the face of the region
Two years after floodwaters swept through, many immigrant families are still struggling to rebuild.
Fresno, California, aims to recharge its dwindling groundwater
Fresno, California, aims to recharge its dwindling groundwater
Surface water projects give groundwater a break, in the state's fourth year of severe drought.
Utah's Supreme Court delivers a victory for immigrant rights
Utah's Supreme Court delivers a victory for immigrant rights
Tens of thousands are deported each year for accepting plea deals. Now they will have a new way to fight back.
Ranch Diaries: Why cowboy life is intense
Ranch Diaries: Why cowboy life is intense
We have other interests, like art and cooking, that take a backseat to the needs of our land and animals.
No direction home
No direction home
Nearly a year after San Jose shut down the Bay Area’s biggest homeless encampment, hundreds still live along city creeks. What went wrong?
Rants from the Hill: The aliens that make Nevada home
Rants from the Hill: The aliens that make Nevada home
Military history, conspiracy theories and the landscape itself make Nevada ground zero for the bizarre and otherworldly.
Dispatch from Valley Fire evacuation camp in California
Dispatch from Valley Fire evacuation camp in California
State officials are calling the Lake County blaze one of the fastest-moving fires in memory.
In the barren Central Valley, a woman unravels
In the barren Central Valley, a woman unravels
A review of 'Into the Valley' by Ruth Galm.
The human cost of Westward expansion
The human cost of Westward expansion
A review of 'American Copper' by Shann Ray.
A visual artist finds her literary voice in New Mexico
A visual artist finds her literary voice in New Mexico
Bev Magennis once covered houses in colorful tiles. Now she writes novels about murder in the rural West.
Mitchell S. Jackson finds another Portland
Mitchell S. Jackson finds another Portland
An author speaks on growing up black in 1990s Portland and countering his city's hipster image.
A displaced California tribe reclaims sacred land
A displaced California tribe reclaims sacred land
The Mountain Maidu return to their valley, but the work of reclamation never ends.
Claustrophilia: Do wide-open lands bring us closer together?
Claustrophilia: Do wide-open lands bring us closer together?
A writer finds that Colorado small-town life and Mongolian mishaps strengthen her human connections.
Overlooked author Lucia Berlin gets brought back to the light
Overlooked author Lucia Berlin gets brought back to the light
'A Manual for Cleaning Women,' her posthumous book of stories, reveals a formidable talent.
Writing beyond the reservation stereotype
Writing beyond the reservation stereotype
A Native author creates characters who are making a life in the urban West.
Sketching water chemistry on the Animas, hunting mushrooms in the Northwest.