Politics

U.S. House moves to streamline water projects
U.S. House moves to streamline water projects
A controversial bill would weaken states’ control over water.
History tells us Donald Trump’s presidency is over
History tells us Donald Trump’s presidency is over
State governments have gone through similar crises — usually with a predictable end.
Do we have too many national monuments? 4 essential reads
Do we have too many national monuments? 4 essential reads
How might Trump’s administration unmake a monument, and what’s at stake? Experts offer some answers.
How Montana charts a path for sanctuary cities suing Trump
How Montana charts a path for sanctuary cities suing Trump
In an unlikely twist, a gun law arms opponents of Trump’s immigration policy.
Should courts defer to the expertise of agencies?
Should courts defer to the expertise of agencies?
Our new Supreme Court justice doesn’t think so.
Republicans set their sights on the EPA’s science
Republicans set their sights on the EPA’s science
The federal agency that regulates our environment may soon have less data to work with.
Land transfer advocates steer their focus to monuments
Land transfer advocates steer their focus to monuments
A transfer movement moves to rescind monuments and weaken the Antiquities Act.
Two factions face off over Grand Staircase-Escalante
Two factions face off over Grand Staircase-Escalante
A community in gridlock over the monument’s future.
Congress is running out of time to repeal Obama orders
Congress is running out of time to repeal Obama orders
An effort to rescind the methane rule could fizzle.
Who will pay for unsexy repairs in national parks?
Who will pay for unsexy repairs in national parks?
Congress discusses how to prioritize the Park Service’s maintenance backlog.
Oregon youths get another chance at learning outdoors
Oregon youths get another chance at learning outdoors
Outdoor School tries to give children common ground on conservation.
A conversation with Obama’s top Interior lawyer
A conversation with Obama’s top Interior lawyer
A look at how the department has changed its relationships with tribes, and at legal battles on the horizon.
What the West was like before the EPA
What the West was like before the EPA
The agency’s legacy isn’t perfect, but the region’s air and water are cleaner now than they once were.
You can’t take politics out of the West
You can’t take politics out of the West
Our editor-in-chief responds to recent criticism.
Nogales has a sewage problem
Nogales has a sewage problem
In the borderlands, members of Congress work to resolve wastewater woes.
Why the West will continue to green even as Trump rolls back climate policy
Why the West will continue to green even as Trump rolls back climate policy
Even without the Clean Power Plan, the region is poised for more renewable energy and less coal.
How Zinke’s lead bullet ruling fails the West
How Zinke’s lead bullet ruling fails the West
How toxic lead fragments follow wildlife from wilderness onto our dinner plates.
Sportsmen pull public-lands politics to the center
Sportsmen pull public-lands politics to the center
As threats intensify, sportsmen emerge as a persuasive voice.
The rural programs threatened by Trump’s budget
The rural programs threatened by Trump’s budget
The rural West may have helped elect Trump, but his vision leaves them behind.
Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable
Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable
Elliott State Forest shows the difficult balance between profit and conservation.
Latest: At Hanford, allegations of worker intimidation
Latest: At Hanford, allegations of worker intimidation
The Superfund site has been in clean-up since 1989.
California wants to give dispirited federal workers a job
California wants to give dispirited federal workers a job
Why the state’s utility commission is recruiting EPA, Energy employees.
The battle over Montana’s vacant House seat
The battle over Montana’s vacant House seat
A banjo-playing Democrat and a tech-industry Republican are fighting to fill Ryan Zinke’s spot.