Profiles

The Kumeyaay poet who’s disrupting nature poetry
The Kumeyaay poet who’s disrupting nature poetry
Tommy Pico merges natural and personal history of the arid West from Brooklyn, New York.
The border as a ‘weaponized’ landscape
The border as a ‘weaponized’ landscape
Border Patrol agent-turned-author Francisco Cantú examines his experiences.
A map of language charted by Navajo philosophy
A map of language charted by Navajo philosophy
Esther Belin is trying to shape a uniquely Navajo way of writing.
Seeing the triceratops for the trees
Seeing the triceratops for the trees
Paleontologist Kirk Johnson works with artist Jan Vriesen to create vividly realized landscapes of what Colorado looked like millions of years ago.
Down the wormhole
Down the wormhole
An obscure cave near Steamboat Springs, Colo., contains rare hydrogen sulfide-consuming worms that might hold a key to extraterrestrial life forms.
Skeletons in the closet
Skeletons in the closet
When the media reported that Everett Ruess' bones had been discovered, solving a 70-year-old mystery, Utah State Archaeologist Kevin Jones had his doubts.
Legal pyro
Legal pyro
How Tahoe National Forest fire chief Jeanne Pincha-Tulley rose to the top rank of Forest Service disaster management.
Erratic behavior
Erratic behavior
The Mojave Desert's Giant Rock has long been home to UFO buffs and wild parties, but nowadays it’s fallen victim to graffiti and litterbugs.
Avalanche education for all
Avalanche education for all
In Ketchum, Idaho, Janet Kellam tries to educate the locals about the danger of avalanches.
Water across the Divide
Water across the Divide
In 2003, Colorado's Grand Ditch was breached, causing flood damage to the Upper Colorado River and to Rocky Mountain National Park.
When reverence isn't enough
When reverence isn't enough
Writer and philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore talks about water, family and the sacredness of landscapes.
Bicycles, books and beer
Bicycles, books and beer
Todd Simmons founded a bookstore, a journal and a publishing company in Fort Collins, Colo., on little more than a shoestring and a dream.
From Tuscany to the Mohave
From Tuscany to the Mohave
Guiseppena Bellandi Perry remembers the events -- and the husbands -- who brought her from her native Italy to the desert of Needles, Calif.
Nirvana on a backhoe
Nirvana on a backhoe
Kim Erion restores habitat using heavy equipment and a heartfelt connection to things like logs and rhododendrons.
Wild Turkey, gunfire and big pipelines
Wild Turkey, gunfire and big pipelines
Aaron Million wants to build a gigantic water pipeline all the way from southwest Wyoming to Colorado's Front Range.
Rise up swinging
Rise up swinging
Twenty-year-old Duran “Junior” Caferro wants to be a good father, encourage healthcare reform – and knock down whoever comes up against him in the boxing ring.
On the waterfront
Bay Area environmental leader Whitney Dotson works to restore his community's waterways -- and health.
The collected Sierra Nevada
The collected Sierra Nevada
Meteorologist Hal Klieforth has collected a lifetime of knowledge – and a museum’s worth of artifacts – from years spent exploring the Sierra Nevada.
Avalanches for dummies
Avalanches for dummies
A certified crash-test dummy known as Homer helps Montana engineering professor Robb Larson study the effects of avalanches on the human body.
A desert poet takes his work inside
A desert poet takes his work inside
Poet Richard Shelton has run writing workshops in Arizona prisons for more than 30 years.
Lessons of habitat
Lessons of habitat
Nancy Eastman created her own "habitat sculptures" modeled after fake cholla built as nesting habitat for endangered birds.
Justice for all
Justice for all
Jensie Anderson meets with homeless clients every Sunday underneath a Salt Lake City viaduct.
Dust to dust
Dust to dust
The western Colorado town of Uravan no longer exists, but its history of radium and uranium mining lives on.