People & Places

A Civil Conversation: The lessons of Nicodemus, Kansas
A Civil Conversation: The lessons of Nicodemus, Kansas
One of the few black settlements of the West remains — barely.
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.
Sketching water chemistry on the Animas, hunting mushrooms in the Northwest.
Where agriculture and aesthetics go hand-in-glove
Where agriculture and aesthetics go hand-in-glove
Former Seattleite and author Bryce Andrews writes and ranches in Montana.
Bringing a long-lost artifact back to the Hopi
Bringing a long-lost artifact back to the Hopi
Iconic Western author Katie Lee journeys with a tribe’s spiritual talisman.
Inside the transient world of mushroom pickers
Inside the transient world of mushroom pickers
People spend months scouring forest floors for money-making fungi in the Pacific Northwest.
Hunting the Arctic’s disappearing treasures
Hunting the Arctic’s disappearing treasures
Ancient artifacts in the thawing North vanish before archaeologists can document them.
The lonesome, crowded West
The lonesome, crowded West
Review of ‘The Water Museum’ by Luis Alberto Urrea.
An interview with the first African-American president of the Sierra Club
An interview with the first African-American president of the Sierra Club
Aaron Mair hopes to shift the club’s mission toward policies that better include the needs and values of minorities.
Many still living in FEMA’s toxic trailers, investigation finds
Many still living in FEMA’s toxic trailers, investigation finds
From oil fields to reservations, post-Katrina trailers have spread far and wide.
Montana farmers start talking climate change
Montana farmers start talking climate change
The Montana Farmers Union is fighting political polarization with pragmatic discussions about how to adapt and what to expect.
Dispatch from a medic on the North Star Fire in Washington
Dispatch from a medic on the North Star Fire in Washington
What base camp and wildfire look like from one firefighter’s perspective.
Wild Science: Migratory birds on the Great Salt Lake
Wild Science: Migratory birds on the Great Salt Lake
Scientists explore how phalaropes respond to less water and increased salinity.
Dreaming where I walk
Dreaming where I walk
An Indian writer becomes an American citizen — and finds herself.
Fatal shooting in Wyoming raises questions about racism
Fatal shooting in Wyoming raises questions about racism
Were two tribal members the victims of a hate crime?
It’s time to end Custer worship
It’s time to end Custer worship
A Montanan faces up to the West's own history of racism.
In the middle of nowhere, a Promised Land
In the middle of nowhere, a Promised Land
A community with environmental sensitivities makes a home in Arizona’s desert.
How the California drought exacerbates water contamination
How the California drought exacerbates water contamination
This rural community couldn't drink the water, even if they had it.
Wild Science: Counting Gunnison sage grouse
Wild Science: Counting Gunnison sage grouse
In this video, go straight to the breeding grounds of a threatened species.
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.