Items by Kate Schimel

How the Keep it in the Ground movement came to be
How the Keep it in the Ground movement came to be
A look back at a decade of coverage of anti-fossil fuel protests.
Latest: Wyoming drafts a Yellowstone grizzly management plan
Latest: Wyoming drafts a Yellowstone grizzly management plan
The plan could eventually include regulated hunting of the bears.
Why Westerners die at the hands of cops
Why Westerners die at the hands of cops
Jack Yantis, an Idaho rancher, raised the profile of rural police brutality.
Latest: Investigation proves wild horses were sent to slaughter
Latest: Investigation proves wild horses were sent to slaughter
Management of the West’s wild horses have proved controversial for decades and spawned rumors of maltreatment.
How 2013’s Front Range floods changed the face of the region
How 2013’s Front Range floods changed the face of the region
Two years after floodwaters swept through, many immigrant families are still struggling to rebuild.
Mass shootings in Western states, by the numbers
Mass shootings in Western states, by the numbers
In October, a man opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, leaving 10 dead.
Is Yucca Mountain back on the table?
Is Yucca Mountain back on the table?
Obama mothballed the nuclear waste storage project. Now some Republicans seem determined to bring it back out.
When the wildfire season never ends
When the wildfire season never ends
As fire season gets longer, fire managers scramble to keep up.
Climbing over the edge
Climbing over the edge
Review of "Snowblind: Stories of Alpine Obsession" by Daniel Arnold.
A door squeaks open for rural energy independence
A door squeaks open for rural energy independence
A Colorado co-op just won some freedom from its giant power supplier. Now what?
Western cities ranked by most polluted air
Western cities ranked by most polluted air
Los Angeles and Fresno are worst, Prescott and Bellingham best.
Latest: New air quality regulation for oil and gas operators
Latest: New air quality regulation for oil and gas operators
Wyoming will require companies to retrofit equipment
A film documents two friends on the Sierra trek
A film documents two friends on the Sierra trek
Review of “Only the Essential: A Hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Colin Arisman.
American Indian students in Utah face harsh discipline
American Indian students in Utah face harsh discipline
Research finds they are referred to law enforcement and arrested more than any other group.
More Alaskan forests are burning, not just due to climate change
More Alaskan forests are burning, not just due to climate change
Populated areas are seeing a large increase in wildfire, despite suppression efforts.
A photographer traces footsteps of an early-20th century predecessor
A photographer traces footsteps of an early-20th century predecessor
Review of “Wyoming Revisited: Rephotographing the Scenes of Joseph E. Stimson” by Michael A. Amundson.
Gov. Brown slashes Sacramento Delta environmental protection
Gov. Brown slashes Sacramento Delta environmental protection
California tunnel plan also introduces water uncertainties for farms and cities.
Hundreds of lapsed permits found on Forest Service land
Hundreds of lapsed permits found on Forest Service land
Expired water permit for Nestlé draws attention to flawed federal supervision.
A crystal ball for the Pacific Northwest’s climate
A crystal ball for the Pacific Northwest’s climate
This year’s drought is as bad as scientists predict for mid-century.
Should oil pipelines be better regulated instead of flat out opposed?
Should oil pipelines be better regulated instead of flat out opposed?
Conversation with an author of a new book on pipeline rust, regulation and safety.
The Latest: Court bans shooting in Arizona national monument
The Latest: Court bans shooting in Arizona national monument
BLM suddenly reversed its ban on shooting, leading to a lawsuit.
A rural utility bucks against its power supplier
A rural utility bucks against its power supplier
In a coal-producing region, this western Colorado co-op fights for renewables.
Drought persists in the Northwest, despite winter rains
Drought persists in the Northwest, despite winter rains
Water supplies and drought outlooks are grim in most Western states.
Photographs and writing on Yellowstone wildlife
Photographs and writing on Yellowstone wildlife
Review of “Yellowstone Wildlife: Ecology and Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.”
Health impacts of wood smoke
Health impacts of wood smoke
A look at which stoves and furnaces emit the most particles damaging to your health, plus which states burn the most wood.
The art – and science – of forecasting wildfires
The art – and science – of forecasting wildfires
This model could eliminate guesswork and predict fire according to geography.
Westerners who prolonged the shutdown showdown
Westerners who prolonged the shutdown showdown
Congress narrowly averted shutting down the Department of Homeland Security, no thanks to these reps.
Chronicling the work of an early Native American artist
Chronicling the work of an early Native American artist
Review of ‘In Search of Nampeyo: The Early Years, 1875-1892’ by Steve Elmore.
Early start to wildfire season
Early start to wildfire season
Blazes in California and Utah have officials on alert, but what they spell for the coming season is unclear.
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