Items by Emily Guerin

How to clean up abandoned mines -- without landing in court
How to clean up abandoned mines -- without landing in court
Anyone who tries to fix a draining mine may become liable for its water pollution. But Good Samaritans are finding ways to avoid getting sued for their good deeds.
Mine cleanup for dummies: A flowchart
How Outward Bound lost, and found, itself
How Outward Bound lost, and found, itself
The original outdoor education school came close to falling apart after consolidating into a single national school. Now, its newly separate branches are thriving and redefining themselves.
Lost in translation
What good are public meetings when neither the BLM nor the locals are being heard?
Most Western states are giving less money to higher ed
Reorganization or regression?
When The New York Times dismantles its environmental news desk, it says something. But what?
Too much, or not enough?
Comparing fracking regulations across the country
Boom, bust, yawn
How do you cover oil and gas development in an exciting way?
Weird and wacky White House petitions
Weird and wacky White House petitions
Opinionated Americans ask to create the 51st state of Jefferson on the West Coast and ride their ATVS where they please, among other things.
Wilderness trumps sustainable agriculture in Point Reyes
Salazar shuts down Drake's Bay Oyster Company to create marine wilderness
A monumental danger
Arizonans try to reclaim a national monument from drug violence, trash and trafficking
What are a bunch of hipsters doing in Green River, Utah?
What are a bunch of hipsters doing in Green River, Utah?
The young founders of the Epicenter, a social services and design nonprofit, try to overcome the stigma of the well-intentioned outsider.
Much ado about mutton
Low prices cripple the sheep industry
Come on home to Green River
Come on home to Green River
A snapshot of life in Green River for young, artistic do-gooders from elsewhere.
Great minds think alike?
As like-minded people flock together, rural areas are getting redder
Wyoming Conservation Voters closes after 11 years
Wyoming Conservation Voters closes after 11 years
It’s not easy doing environmental policy work and politicking in Wyoming.
Fecal matters
Why do we still let sewage overflow into our rivers and streams when a bad storm hits?
Binders full of newspaper endorsements
Newspapers are weighing in on the election. Does anyone care?
Bureaucracy and the birds
The Department of Justice formalizes its eagle feather policy, but conflicts remain over eagle killing
Some (diseases) like it hot
Outbreaks broaden the conversation on climate change
That familiar loneliness: a writer’s own relationship mirrors a Stegner novel
That familiar loneliness: a writer’s own relationship mirrors a Stegner novel
Emily Guerin finds that life imitates fiction when she reads Wallace Stegner's book Angle of Repose
Wild horses to the slaughter?
An investigation suggests the BLM is selling horses to a suspected kill buyer
The underwater gold rush
An Idaho Land Board decision thrusts suction dredging back into the public eye
Fire scientists fight over what Western forests should look like
Fire scientists fight over what Western forests should look like
Controversial new studies question the conventional wisdom on Western ponderosa forests and the severity of their historic wildfires.
West of 100: Fire & Brimstone
West of 100: Fire & Brimstone
The backstory to Emily Guerin's report on the scientific debate over how "normal" severe fire is, and a travelogue from the Gila Wilderness in the wake of this year's massive blaze.
Cheer up, Melon Queen
Green River, Utah celebrates its two exports: melons and young people
It's a hardrock life
A new strategy in the struggle to clean up abandoned mines
From predator to prey
Wyoming's wolves are no longer endangered
(Don't) Let it burn
(Don't) Let it burn
A "temporary" policy change requires Forest Service firefighters to put out fires they might have let burn in previous years, for fear of them raging out of control.
Why is Utah so weird?
Google stereotypes the West
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