Items by Elizabeth Shogren

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.
How the Park Service is planning for climate change
How the Park Service is planning for climate change
The agency is forging ahead despite meager help from Congress.
What climate change is doing to the parks
What climate change is doing to the parks
A sample of the shifts already underway due to a warming climate.
Meet the man helping the Park Service prepare for a hotter future
Meet the man helping the Park Service prepare for a hotter future
Patrick Gonzalez walks the walk when it comes to climate action.
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s criticism of Trump wins him national prominence
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s criticism of Trump wins him national prominence
His decision to sit out the GOP convention reflects his principles and the purpling of Arizona.
Judge strikes down BLM fracking rule
Judge strikes down BLM fracking rule
Enviros hope for a successful appeal, but the path could be long and windy.
Climate change looms large over Obama’s Yosemite visit
Climate change looms large over Obama’s Yosemite visit
As the park prepped for President Obama’s visit, experts hope to highlight a park in flux.
 Are Hillary Clinton’s clean energy goals achievable?
Are Hillary Clinton’s clean energy goals achievable?
Before clinching the nomination, she outlined her ambitions for public lands and renewables.
Chemical safety law that gives EPA more power passes Congress
Chemical safety law that gives EPA more power passes Congress
The bipartisan measure represents the most sweeping environmental law to pass in decades.
Trump’s contradictory promise: Bring back coal and boost natural gas
Trump’s contradictory promise: Bring back coal and boost natural gas
Experts say low natural gas prices are the biggest cause of coal’s downturn.
How the BLM is overhauling land-use planning
How the BLM is overhauling land-use planning
The agency is aiming to increase public involvement and collaboration.
Mapping the large-scale loss of natural areas in the West
Mapping the large-scale loss of natural areas in the West
Urban sprawl, energy development, agriculture and forestry have an ever-larger footprint on the West.
A coalition hopes to halt gold mine proposals near Yellowstone
A coalition hopes to halt gold mine proposals near Yellowstone
The group of business-owners seeks help from Washington to prevent mining north of the national park.
Latest: Peer-reviewed study undermines fracking’s claims of safety
Latest: Peer-reviewed study undermines fracking’s claims of safety
Researchers in Pavillion, Wyoming, traced the chemical footprint of the drilling.
National Park Service centennial shares limelight with scandals
National Park Service centennial shares limelight with scandals
Chief Jon Jarvis faces ethical challenges and questions about the agency’s approach to sexual harassment.
Coal downturn hits railroads hard
Coal downturn hits railroads hard
Federal transportation board rejected a proposed Montana railroad due to coal bankruptcies.
In rare bipartisan decision, Senate approves Yakima water projects
In rare bipartisan decision, Senate approves Yakima water projects
Conservation, wilderness and water provisions long in the works were added to the massive energy bill.
National Park Service chief expands sexual harassment probe
National Park Service chief expands sexual harassment probe
Upcoming survey to determine if misconduct at the Grand Canyon represents a widespread problem.
The nation’s biggest coal mines lay off hundreds of workers
The nation’s biggest coal mines lay off hundreds of workers
Cheap natural gas is the main culprit, but future job cuts will come from climate change policies.
Fracking linked to groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming
Fracking linked to groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming
Contaminants that likely came from fracking were found in an aquifer that supplies drinking water.
Interior Department waffles on Arctic oil and gas leasing
Interior Department waffles on Arctic oil and gas leasing
The federal government is asking Alaska Natives which areas are too sensitive to drill.
Drought brings unexpected water relief to California communities
Drought brings unexpected water relief to California communities
State and federal funds are paying for desperately needed infrastructure in the Central Valley.
Utah senator blocks emergency bill for Flint, Michigan
Utah senator blocks emergency bill for Flint, Michigan
Lee’s opposition helps build his brand as a hardcore conservative.
Clean Power Plan stay spurs enviros into action
Clean Power Plan stay spurs enviros into action
The unexpected stay, plus attempts to block Obama from appointing a Supreme Court justice, energized greens.
Scalia was Supreme Court’s leader on limiting environmental rules
Scalia was Supreme Court’s leader on limiting environmental rules
A conservative legal foundation fears its winning streak may be over.
Western states react strongly to Supreme Court stay of Clean Power Plan
Western states react strongly to Supreme Court stay of Clean Power Plan
Some states stop all work on cutting greenhouse gases but others forge ahead.
Analyst: FBI let Malheur militants save face to end occupation
Analyst: FBI let Malheur militants save face to end occupation
Emotional negotiations with a like-minded Nevada state legislator may have helped FBI operation.
Montana tribe’s water deal clears major Senate milestone
Montana tribe’s water deal clears major Senate milestone
Blackfeet have waited decades to resolve their water claims but Congress is in no hurry.
Latest: Ranching family whose battles with the feds preceded the Bundys' loses in court
Latest: Ranching family whose battles with the feds preceded the Bundys' loses in court
So ends the legal saga of Wayne Hage and Wayne Hage Jr., who argued that their historical water rights gave them grazing rights, as well.
FBI veteran gives authorities high marks for Malheur crackdown
FBI veteran gives authorities high marks for Malheur crackdown
Occupier who was killed showed signs of ‘suicide-by-cop mentality.’
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