Items by Joshua Zaffos

Can we learn from Europe’s approach to laid-off coal miners?
Can we learn from Europe’s approach to laid-off coal miners?
A more secure safety net for workers in transition means higher taxes, a tradeoff many Americans oppose.
Thousands of fish die in Colorado, amid flood recovery projects
Thousands of fish die in Colorado, amid flood recovery projects
Concrete used to rebuild bridges on the Front Range appears to be the culprit for the deaths of 5,600 trout and other fish.
In bison recovery, scientists start small
In bison recovery, scientists start small
A new approach to bison conservation focuses on many small herds on a patchwork of public and private land.
The Bundy bust-up
The Bundy bust-up
Charges rain down on militant leaders of Bundy family standoffs in Nevada and Oregon.
How not to forget the West’s past atrocities
How not to forget the West’s past atrocities
The national park system does more than celebrate beauty. It also commemorates the ugliest parts of our past.
Colorado activists set their sights on a ballot measure to limit drilling
Colorado activists set their sights on a ballot measure to limit drilling
Previous attempts have been blocked and current regulations disappoint.
New leader steps up for the American Lands Council
New leader steps up for the American Lands Council
Montana lawmaker takes over lands transfer group, as a new tendril of the movement emerges.
How some Western cities are leading on climate action
How some Western cities are leading on climate action
Despite faltering national policy, some communities are forging ahead.
Highway injustice in Denver’s Latino neighborhoods
Highway injustice in Denver’s Latino neighborhoods
Poor districts have breathed I-70’s pollution for decades. Now they’re facing its expansion.
How a plan to save southeastern Colorado went off the rails
How a plan to save southeastern Colorado went off the rails
Heritage tourism offered a way out of economic doldrums. Why did it go wrong?
Rubio rises in the West
Rubio rises in the West
Western endorsements have the Florida senator and GOP presidential hopeful surging.
Public-land transfer proponents may have violated lobbying laws
Public-land transfer proponents may have violated lobbying laws
Colorado puts the American Lands Council on "notice" for ethical missteps.
Is Fish & Wildlife under the thumb of political influence?
Is Fish & Wildlife under the thumb of political influence?
73 percent of agency scientists say political interference is too high.
New research on how drilling affects deer in northwest Colorado
New research on how drilling affects deer in northwest Colorado
Landscape-level planning could help mule deer cope with the impacts of oil and gas.
Renewable energy on tribal lands stalls out
Renewable energy on tribal lands stalls out
Is the Bureau of Indian Affairs delaying wind and solar projects?
How the West will feel groundwater shortages
How the West will feel groundwater shortages
New research shows stressed water supplies, as demand increases.
Prairie dog case challenges ESA
Prairie dog case challenges ESA
District judge rules ESA has no say over species that don't have multi-state presence or economic impact.
Can leasing irrigation water keep Colorado farms alive?
Can leasing irrigation water keep Colorado farms alive?
Farmers try to stop “buy and dry” by pooling water rights to supply growing cities.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could pipe in new business for the Western gas industry
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could pipe in new business for the Western gas industry
By lowering tariffs and regulatory hurdles, the deal could make it easier to sell natural gas to Japan.
Should states be responsible for protecting the atmosphere?
Should states be responsible for protecting the atmosphere?
A youth-led climate action campaign in Oregon gets its days in court.
Counties use a ‘coordination’ clause to fight the feds
Counties use a ‘coordination’ clause to fight the feds
An obscure provision in two environmental laws is the weapon of choice in a bureaucratic Sagebrush Rebellion.
How an international trade deal will impact Western states
How an international trade deal will impact Western states
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could mean more beef imports and natural gas exports.
Fractivists target Denver to build support
Fractivists target Denver to build support
A new campaign launches to stop fracking before it starts in and around Denver.
Plan for a burn at Rocky Flats stirs lingering fears
Plan for a burn at Rocky Flats stirs lingering fears
More from the nuclear fallout department.
Rural counties dealing with loss of fed dollars
Rural counties dealing with loss of fed dollars
Faced with federal subsidy cuts, counties are chopping services and clamoring for logging money
Leaps and boundaries for Wyoming tribes
Leaps and boundaries for Wyoming tribes
State battles Wind River tribes over expanded reservation and greater stake in energy management.
Farewell to Theo Colborn
Farewell to Theo Colborn
Marking the passing of an influential environmental scientist
Remembering an environmental science pioneer
Remembering an environmental science pioneer
Theo Colborn uncovered effects of chemicals, like those used in fracking, on the human body.
A grouse divided
A grouse divided
Will new federal protections rescue the Gunnison sage grouse?
Gunnison sage grouse gets divisive 'threatened' listing
Gunnison sage grouse gets divisive 'threatened' listing
The decision upsets enviros and industry alike.