Items by Jessica Kutz

A hallucinogenic toad in peril
A hallucinogenic toad in peril
How a Sonoran Desert species got caught up in the commodification of spiritual awakening.
The essential — and dangerous — work prisoners do
The essential — and dangerous — work prisoners do
Incarcerated people respond to pandemics, wildfires, avian flu outbreaks, mudslides and more.
Can a wildlife refuge help a community’s fight for environmental justice?
Can a wildlife refuge help a community’s fight for environmental justice?
In Albuquerque’s South Valley, activists are happy for more green space but worry about gentrification.
Foreign-born doctors fill physician shortages in the West
Foreign-born doctors fill physician shortages in the West
Some find a permanent home; others languish in a visa holding pattern.
A rural remedy to health care access
A rural remedy to health care access
A virtual telementoring program helps the West respond to the pandemic.
Biden halted border wall construction. Now what?
Biden halted border wall construction. Now what?
Environmental and human rights advocates hope to steer the administration toward a new vision at the border.
 The fight for an equitable energy economy for the Navajo Nation
The fight for an equitable energy economy for the Navajo Nation
Diné activist Nicole Horseherder’s long quest for equity from the rise and fall of the coal economy.
Where the Great American Outdoors Act stands now
Where the Great American Outdoors Act stands now
After passing with bipartisan support in August, the conservation law hits stumbling blocks. Here’s what may happen next.
Trump gutted NEPA regulations, but a Biden presidency could restore them
Trump gutted NEPA regulations, but a Biden presidency could restore them
An environmental lawyer discusses the future of the country’s bedrock environmental law.
Violence at the U.S.-Mexico border as a presidential election nears
Violence at the U.S.-Mexico border as a presidential election nears
Law enforcement deploys tear gas and rubber bullets in confrontation with Indigenous activists.
How residents rallied to get their post office back
How residents rallied to get their post office back
In rural Arizona, the postal service is a literal lifeline.
Young and politically empowered in Arizona
Young and politically empowered in Arizona
Latino canvassers push to get out the vote.
Nuestro sistema de detención está dejando a los inmigrantes en bancarrota
Nuestro sistema de detención está dejando a los inmigrantes en bancarrota
Mientras las corporaciones se benefician, las familias de estatus mixto son arrojadas a la pobreza.
Extreme heat is here, and it’s deadly
Extreme heat is here, and it’s deadly
Gearing up for the fight against a new climate enemy.
A wildlife refuge under siege at the border
A wildlife refuge under siege at the border
New emails detail drained ponds, salvaged fish and a tense relationship with the Department of Homeland Security.
Could COVID-19 lead the way to a $15 minimum wage?
Could COVID-19 lead the way to a $15 minimum wage?
One labor activist sees the pandemic as an opportunity to fight for a better income.
Protesting immigrant detention during a pandemic
Protesting immigrant detention during a pandemic
Will new forms of collective action lead to permanent societal changes?
Triumph and tragedy: Trump’s border wall expands
Triumph and tragedy: Trump’s border wall expands
Anger and despair rise as new projects are announced in the Southwest.
Public health workers innovate around social distancing guidelines
Public health workers innovate around social distancing guidelines
Outreach to immigrant communities moves to Facebook and phones, as roving mobile health programs deliver food and medicine.
The danger of self-isolating from COVID-19 on public lands
The danger of self-isolating from COVID-19 on public lands
Gateway communities grow wary of out-of-town crowds.
Western states widely support refugee resettlement
Western states widely support refugee resettlement
The president’s executive order meant to limit resettlement, but the West is opting for more.
Ranchers blindsided by Trump’s border  wall
Ranchers blindsided by Trump’s border wall
They built a coalition to protect open space. Now, they’re up against the country’s largest construction project.
Our detention system is bankrupting immigrants
Our detention system is bankrupting immigrants
As corporations cash in, mixed-status families are thrown into deep poverty.
Why a wildlife biologist became a social justice advocate
Why a wildlife biologist became a social justice advocate
Sergio Avila, known prominently for his jaguar research, shifted his focus to equity in the outdoors.
California pudo haber ayudado a sus residentes de bajos ingresos soportar mejor los apagones de PG&E.
California pudo haber ayudado a sus residentes de bajos ingresos soportar mejor los apagones de PG&E.
El estado tenía un programa - y $72 millones - pero casi nadie solicitó ayuda
Una comunidad indígena de México encuentra su hogar en los campos de Colorado
Una comunidad indígena de México encuentra su hogar en los campos de Colorado
La cultura, las costumbres y las personas están cruzando las fronteras y alimentando dos economías.
‘This is a human tragedy and an ecological tragedy’
‘This is a human tragedy and an ecological tragedy’
At a protest in Organ Pipe, border communities fight Trump’s wall.
California could have helped low-income residents weather PG&E blackouts
California could have helped low-income residents weather PG&E blackouts
The state had a program — and $72 million — but hardly anyone applied.
How Big Rec chooses its public-lands battles
How Big Rec chooses its public-lands battles
Outdoor industry giants stood up for Bears Ears. Why won’t they stand up for the Borderlands?
Who pays for infrastructure in Borderland colonias?
Who pays for infrastructure in Borderland colonias?
In places like Vado, New Mexico, good roads are hard to find.
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