Items by Sarah Gilman

What Joe Arapaio’s legacy means
What Joe Arapaio’s legacy means
Arizona sheriff's shocking legacy should force meaningful change in U.S. immigration debate
The bright side of the Berkeley Pit
Even the most poisoned places hold redemptive power
Aspiring farmers find creative ways to succeed
Aspiring farmers find creative ways to succeed
Sarahlee Lawrence and Amy Ridout are part of a wave of young farmers determined to remake the American food system.
Trampled by tourists
Arizona's loved-to-death Fossil Creek experienced a record-breaking summer season
Feds attempt to speed complicated process of building power lines
Feds attempt to speed complicated process of building power lines
The Obama administration's electrical transmission permitting agencies are cooperating to speed grid updates and fast track clean energy projects, as demand for power grows.
Energy succeeds where housing developers can't
Energy succeeds where housing developers can't
As the West's housing boom fades, natural resource extraction surges, and a defunct housing development on the east side of Colorado Springs, Colo., may soon face drilling by Ultra Petroleum.
Mapping the West ... in air polluters
A joint investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity reveals some interesting things about the region
'Wilderness Lite' wins the day
Federal court reinstates Clinton Roadless Rule (for now, at least)
A lovely and restless autumn
A lovely and restless autumn
Art Director Cindy Wehling takes a break, and Kris Scott and Shaun Gibson take over the reins; visitors; corrections and clarifications.
Feds crack down on "new California gold rush"
Will pot crackdowns lead to war between Western communities and the Department of Justice?
The long and winding road...
...toward the removal of four dams on the Klamath River
Fall books for the sweetly socked-in
Fall books for the sweetly socked-in
High Country News lists some of the new and intriguing books of the coming fall season.
Economy vs. environment?
California lawmakers push through tweaks to the state's "mini-NEPA"
A bear of a season
What can we learn from a summer of headline-grabbing attacks?
Down and out in the West
Down and out in the West
Western jobless rates are still high, even as the national economy appears to be slumping again.
Air quality and all that gas
EPA proposes new rules for fracking
Economies of vice
Economies of vice
If marijuana becomes fully legal and taxable, it won't be the first time authorities have learned that it's easier - and more profitable - to manage vice than to try to eliminate it.
What's for dinner?
A foundational question for any environmental reporting worth its salt
The 'Utah solution' to immigration
The 'Utah solution' to immigration
Utah religious, business and political leaders suggest an immigration compromise, but the state's lawmakers are terrified of being caught voting for "amnesty."
The wacky world of immigration
Reform still distant but the debate seems at least a little more human
Ordinary wild
Ordinary wild
A cougar roams downtown El Paso, and a faraway writer watching on YouTube re-encounters wildness.
Ordinary wild
Resetting the baseline of our modern expectations
A Gem City Atlas: Novel maps of Laramie, Wyoming
A Gem City Atlas: Novel maps of Laramie, Wyoming
The city explores its past and present with an innovative project called Laramie: A Gem City Atlas.
Mountain of ... bluster
The decision to choose Yucca Mountain in the first place was political too, ya know
Yellowstone bison get more room to roam
Yellowstone bison get more room to roam
Wild bison are making headway towards roaming more freely in Montana.
Blocking solar power ... with national monuments?
There are strange and interesting things afoot in the conservation world
What’s in a name?
What’s in a name?
The names on the Western landscape tell a harrowing, fascinating and at times hilarious story.
Sublime tourist trap or logistical nightmare?
Grand Canyon Skywalk proves the two aren't mutually exclusive
Out like a lion, in like a wildfire
The season's early this year, and shaping up to be a doozy, at least in Colorado
The incredible growing shrinking ski resort!
Colorado's Village at Wolf Creek rises again, only more weensy.
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    Deschutes River Conservancy in Bend, Oregon
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