State Government

Montana’s rough, fiery summer
Montana’s rough, fiery summer
This year’s wildfires were a public health nightmare.
After Oroville, officials across the West review dam safety
After Oroville, officials across the West review dam safety
The California dam’s spillways are ready for rain as safety officials prepare for future catastrophes.
In Utah, public access to state lands comes at a cost
In Utah, public access to state lands comes at a cost
Public access to trust lands varies widely from state to state.
Zinke’s new sage grouse plans ignore years of work
Zinke’s new sage grouse plans ignore years of work
The changes adhere with Trump’s goals of energy dominance on public lands.
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
From wildfires to drought, a look at a warming world.
Western governors take the lead on climate change
Western governors take the lead on climate change
New alliance highlights states’ progress despite President Donald Trump’s rollbacks.
Send us a tip: How are your state lands managed?
Send us a tip: How are your state lands managed?
We’d like to know how your state is managing — or mismanaging — its trust lands or parks.
How we risked losing the West
How we risked losing the West
A look back at how range science misled land managers.
Why the Bundy crew keeps winning in court
Why the Bundy crew keeps winning in court
The feds just lost another case against public lands occupiers.
Blame for wildfires gets pinned on ‘environmental extremists’
Blame for wildfires gets pinned on ‘environmental extremists’
Montana’s lawmakers slight climate change as a main driver for the state’s blazes.
Latest: Malheur occupiers sentenced
Latest: Malheur occupiers sentenced
Ten other participants still await their punishment.
Latest: Utah counties claim access to old roads
Latest: Utah counties claim access to old roads
A convoluted legal battle takes a step forward.
The Interior secretary gave a closed-door speech to ALEC
The Interior secretary gave a closed-door speech to ALEC
The pro-land-transfer group has the ear of Ryan Zinke and other key Trump cabinet members.
One grid to rule them all
One grid to rule them all
And in the darkness, bind them: The West’s bid for one big electric grid.
You can’t slash health care and say it’s better off
You can’t slash health care and say it’s better off
The Senate discusses a bill that will further erode health services in Indian Country.
California enters the global climate stage
California enters the global climate stage
As Trump backs off climate agreement, California tackles ambitious renewables goal.
Nevada governor signs law to revive rooftop solar industry
Nevada governor signs law to revive rooftop solar industry
Public pressure prompts reversal of unfriendly solar policies.
Experts: Captive breeding of sage grouse won’t work
Experts: Captive breeding of sage grouse won’t work
Zinke calls for a review of conservation plans.
The Big Swing: Why a blue Colorado county voted for Trump
The Big Swing: Why a blue Colorado county voted for Trump
How a wave of retirees and a changed economic landscape reshaped rural politics.
Eight lawmakers whose bills attack public lands
Eight lawmakers whose bills attack public lands
Who are the Westerners behind bills meant to weaken federal protections of land?
States commit to action in absence of climate accord
States commit to action in absence of climate accord
California and Washington form a coalition that will fight climate change even if Trump won’t.
The river-access lawsuit at the center of Montana’s House race
The river-access lawsuit at the center of Montana’s House race
Will the state’s movement to protect public lands affect Greg Gianforte?
‘If you don’t want us, tell us to go back’
‘If you don’t want us, tell us to go back’
The making of a California prison town.