Items by Sarah Tory

The threat to Colorado’s acequias and the communities that depend on them
The threat to Colorado’s acequias and the communities that depend on them
In the San Luis Valley, the communal and egalitarian resource offers a way of life.
Where do public lands factor into the homelessness crisis?
Where do public lands factor into the homelessness crisis?
As the housing crisis in the West deepens, more unhoused people are making a home outside.
Rapid growth in Arizona’s suburbs bets against an uncertain water supply
Rapid growth in Arizona’s suburbs bets against an uncertain water supply
‘The alternative is something they don’t want to think about.’
Documenting destruction from above
Documenting destruction from above
A young photographer highlights the environmental crises facing Indigenous communities at home and abroad.
Divided prospects: The fight over an immigration detention center
Divided prospects: The fight over an immigration detention center
When a private prison company came to Evanston, Wyoming, local officials believed an economic revival was at hand. Instead, it unleashed a bitter debate.
The failures of U.S. immigration policies
The failures of U.S. immigration policies
Three new books challenge the way we imagine the U.S.-Mexico border.
Estados Unidos está cerrando sus puertas a quienes solicitan asilo.
Estados Unidos está cerrando sus puertas a quienes solicitan asilo.
‘Los Desposeídos’ sigue la aterrante búsqueda de una familia por refugio, y cuestiona las nuevas políticas públicas y lo que dicen sobre los ideales de esta nación.
The border wall threatens decades of binational wildlife conservation
The border wall threatens decades of binational wildlife conservation
Binational groups are preserving migratory corridors and restoring degraded areas in the Borderlands. Will the landscape be severed?
The U.S. is closing its doors to asylum seekers
The U.S. is closing its doors to asylum seekers
‘The Dispossessed’ follows a family’s harrowing search for safety, and asks what new policies say about the nation’s long-standing ideals.
Why the University of California is fighting for DACA
Why the University of California is fighting for DACA
From a campus legal clinic all the way to the Supreme Court, UC stands up for Dreamers.
To find Jose Montelongo, ICE agents targeted his whole family
To find Jose Montelongo, ICE agents targeted his whole family
One family’s ordeal under Trump’s zero tolerance immigration tactics.
The case against immigration prisons
The case against immigration prisons
Law professor César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández analyzes why America puts so many immigrants behind bars.
Refugees look for belonging in Idaho
Refugees look for belonging in Idaho
The Twin Falls resettlement program continues to thrive in the face of recent serious challenges.
A family held their relatives captive; a community set them free
A family held their relatives captive; a community set them free
A labor trafficking case shows Westerners can sometimes still count on each other to protect those in need.
One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado
One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado
The challenges and possibilities of water buffalo ranching in the Roaring Fork Valley.
The grassroots groups helping asylum seekers on the border
The grassroots groups helping asylum seekers on the border
‘We had no choice but to make it work.’
An Arizona border sheriff confronts the wall
An Arizona border sheriff confronts the wall
President Trump’s pitch is ‘a sound bite, not a cogent public policy position.’
Can stories help us understand the realities of migration?
Can stories help us understand the realities of migration?
In her new novel, Valeria Luiselli explores the possibilities and limits of writing about the border crisis.
Humanitarian aid is being criminalized at the border
Humanitarian aid is being criminalized at the border
Deterrence strategies have turned increasingly punitive for immigrants and activists.
The education crisis for children of deported parents
The education crisis for children of deported parents
In Tijuana, an upstart model tries to address the challenges of educating U.S. kids who relocated to keep their families together.
Two countries, one border and their shared pollution
Two countries, one border and their shared pollution
Communities in South San Diego sue over sewage spills.
As the border wall grows, smuggling tunnels proliferate
As the border wall grows, smuggling tunnels proliferate
The Trump administration is ignoring a big question: How do you secure a border below ground?
A Denver high school welcomes the world’s refugees
A Denver high school welcomes the world’s refugees
The Newcomers explores the lives of immigrant teens and what it takes to become an American.
Prisoners turn to strikes to fight inhumane conditions
Prisoners turn to strikes to fight inhumane conditions
In August, inmates renewed protests against solitary confinement and racially biased sentencing.
Estranged in America
Estranged in America
What happens to a community when its sense of belonging begins to unravel?
Laughter to cope with daily tragedies at the border
Laughter to cope with daily tragedies at the border
Luis Alberto Urrea’s new novel reflects on the family relationships that challenge and transcend the U.S.-Mexico border.
The immigrants contributing to rural towns and economies
The immigrants contributing to rural towns and economies
Decades after their arrival, a family is woven into the fabric of Colorado’s San Luis Valley.
‘Fortifying freedom’ at the Western Conservative Summit
‘Fortifying freedom’ at the Western Conservative Summit
Where the ‘rule of law’ is synonymous with Trump.
Death in the alpine
Death in the alpine
Social media is changing our relationship to risk, with deadly consequences.
In a new home, the OR Show flexes its political muscle
In a new home, the OR Show flexes its political muscle
As the outdoor industry ramps up its advocacy, it faces tough questions from Indigenous recreators.
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