Items by Jessica Kutz

Behind the iconic, dystopian images of the New Deal
Behind the iconic, dystopian images of the New Deal
A short-lived photography project captured rural poverty during the Great Depression.
Welcome to our new intern
Welcome to our new intern
The annual Cherry Days Festival brought hot temperatures and more visitors.
New Mexico investigates immigration detention
New Mexico investigates immigration detention
Reports and testimony argue for stricter oversight of private facilities.
New EPA head has long history of ties to mining interests
New EPA head has long history of ties to mining interests
Watchdog groups worry Andrew Wheeler will advance an agenda of deregulation.
A fiery Fourth of July threatens Southwest economies
A fiery Fourth of July threatens Southwest economies
Wildfire, forest closures and canceled fireworks displays keep tourists at bay.
The wonder of White Sands
The wonder of White Sands
A photographer lovingly documents New Mexico’s desert national monument.
A publishing pause and river flotsam
A publishing pause and river flotsam
A reader finds an HCN artifact on a rafting trip.
Aspen may stockpile water under its golf course
Aspen may stockpile water under its golf course
As climate change looms, towns look to store water without dams.
Arizona water utility chooses solar over coal
Arizona water utility chooses solar over coal
The decision tips the ailing Navajo Generating Station closer to its planned closure.
Section hikers offer tips on the Pacific Crest Trail
Section hikers offer tips on the Pacific Crest Trail
From Canada to Mexico, a series of books shares the insider knowledge of the trail.
Spring brings more visitors, and awards
Spring brings more visitors, and awards
HCN receives a James Beard Award, and says hello to one of Paonia’s newest and smallest residents.
Conservation takes a hit in early version of farm bill
Conservation takes a hit in early version of farm bill
The bill that shapes the U.S. ag economy provides big money for land protections.
Gunnison sage grouse recovery plan stops lawsuit
Gunnison sage grouse recovery plan stops lawsuit
U.S. Fish and Wildlife has 30 months to submit a draft plan to recover the threatened species.
In Colorado’s conservative corners, a push for gun control
In Colorado’s conservative corners, a push for gun control
Grand Junction teens broach a tense topic with community members.
The Gates of the Arctic, revealed
The Gates of the Arctic, revealed
From charging bears to glacier-carved valleys, photographs capture the real nature of the national park.
New adventures and new faces
New adventures and new faces
As spring blooms in Paonia, more visitors come to the office.
Drilling, one mile outside Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes
Drilling, one mile outside Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes
Opposition swells against leases that could impede wildlife migration corridors.
Fire funding fix comes with environmental rollbacks
Fire funding fix comes with environmental rollbacks
The legislation sets up an emergency disaster fund but also weakens protections for trees and wildlife.
What’s quelling the anxiety of electric-car drivers?
What’s quelling the anxiety of electric-car drivers?
Charging corridors will make an interior West electric-car roadtrip increasingly possible.
The West’s students rally for gun reform
The West’s students rally for gun reform
Students across the region join the National Walkout Day protest for school safety.
In Arizona, a push for school choice targets Latino voters
In Arizona, a push for school choice targets Latino voters
The program, which would primarily benefit wealthy families, has received support from a Koch-funded group.
A new board member and goodbye to an editor
A new board member and goodbye to an editor
A forthcoming radio documentary, and a change of pace for our senior editor.
An armchair journey to the desert
An armchair journey to the desert
A photography book captures the natural splendor of Utah’s five national parks.
‘Zombie trailers’ stalk a budding tourist town
‘Zombie trailers’ stalk a budding tourist town
A uranium town gone bust wants to rebuild, but derelict properties stand in its way.
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