State Government

Public banking goes to pot
Public banking goes to pot
California activists turn to the cannabis industry to help launch the nation’s first public bank in nearly a century.
Jury deliberates in 2014 Bundy standoff trial
Jury deliberates in 2014 Bundy standoff trial
Cliven Bundy’s sway over his followers featured prominently in first of three trials.
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.
Across party lines, Western governors see a partner in Pruitt
Across party lines, Western governors see a partner in Pruitt
A bipartisan group couldn’t get what they wanted from the old EPA.
When private pain becomes a community problem
When private pain becomes a community problem
How a rural clinic sparked a small-town addiction crisis.
Lessons from the first week of the Bundy standoff trial
Lessons from the first week of the Bundy standoff trial
Checking in on jury selection and opening statements.
Outdoor rec industry defends public lands
Outdoor rec industry defends public lands
Utah’s delegation tries to roll back protections, riling a conservation-minded outdoors cohort.
In Wyoming, a cautious public lands victory
In Wyoming, a cautious public lands victory
Grassroots efforts to fight land transfer bills have succeeded — for now.
Trump’s Cabinet choices reflect deep Koch influence
Trump’s Cabinet choices reflect deep Koch influence
A rundown of the people with ties to ALEC, the Koch brothers and federal land transfer legislation.
The other land transfer effort
The other land transfer effort
After more than a century, some Western states receive school trust lands.
At least 15 counties have left the American Lands Council
At least 15 counties have left the American Lands Council
But that doesn’t mean Western counties have backed down on land transfers.
Dark money is re-shaping Arizona’s energy fights
Dark money is re-shaping Arizona’s energy fights
The 2010 Citizens United decision is affecting elections on the ground.
How the West’s populist politics play out at the ballot box
How the West’s populist politics play out at the ballot box
Voter-driven ballot initiatives are a powerful force during the Western election season.
In Arizona’s shift toward purple, a backlash to Trump hastens the pace
In Arizona’s shift toward purple, a backlash to Trump hastens the pace
Democrats hope increased Latino turnout will upset Republican dominance in the state.
Washington state implements rule to combat climate change
Washington state implements rule to combat climate change
State Department of Ecology unveils initiative to cap and reduce the carbon pollution.
California nixes funding for coal export terminals
California nixes funding for coal export terminals
Governor’s bill blocks transport to markets in Asia.
West Obsessed: Genetics and the plight of Mexican wolves
West Obsessed: Genetics and the plight of Mexican wolves
Turf wars and management missteps have hurt the recovery of Arizona and New Mexico’s remaining wolf packs, leaving them dangerously inbred.
Park Service ended a wolf study in Alaska, since so many have been killed
Park Service ended a wolf study in Alaska, since so many have been killed
The state culled wolves that had been collared, and it’s no longer feasible to continue research.
Line of descent: How poor management left Mexican wolves dangerously inbred
Line of descent: How poor management left Mexican wolves dangerously inbred
Missteps and conflict between the state and the feds have hounded the recovery of Arizona and New Mexico’s remaining wolf packs.
Salmon power
Salmon power
A historic legal victory could give Alaska tribes more control over their fish, wildlife and homelands.
Land transfer battles rage on, county by county
Land transfer battles rage on, county by county
The American Lands Council supports local control but keeps its list of member counties secret.
This year’s GOP platform pushes federal land transfers
This year’s GOP platform pushes federal land transfers
“Returning” lands to states has long been a party plank and a shifting political landscape could open the door.
We should be proud of delisting grizzlies
We should be proud of delisting grizzlies
The bear is a huge conservation success story, and it shows that the Endangered Species Act works.