Items by Krista Langlois

Five Western waterways worse than the orange Animas
Five Western waterways worse than the orange Animas
Colorado’s Animas River has gotten the most attention — but it’s hardly alone.
Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Durango may be moving on, but wider fears about the toxic spill still reverberate.
Murkowski unveils energy plan for the nation
Murkowski unveils energy plan for the nation
Highlights and what it would mean for Western states.
Misadventures in packrafting
Misadventures in packrafting
Is the new sport just an expensive way to get into trouble on the river?
Idaho mining dispute raises questions about the future of wilderness
Idaho mining dispute raises questions about the future of wilderness
A grandfathered mining claim has opened the doors to development.
Arctic off-shore drilling hits home in Barrow, Alaska
Arctic off-shore drilling hits home in Barrow, Alaska
Dispatch from the nation’s northernmost town, a community divided.
Wrangell recovers from its timber hangover
Wrangell recovers from its timber hangover
Can a small Alaska town overcome the booms and busts of resource development?
Weather dispatch from Wrangell, Alaska: Drought in the rainforest?
Weather dispatch from Wrangell, Alaska: Drought in the rainforest?
As Southwest states were pummeled with rain, Southeast Alaska dries out.
The Latest: New Navajo president may halt a remote development
The Latest: New Navajo president may halt a remote development
Russell Begaye is an opponent of the proposed Grand Canyon Escalade $1 billion tourism project.
Navajo election shakes up Grand Canyon development plans
Navajo election shakes up Grand Canyon development plans
How will the tribe's new president handle the controversial Escalade project?
Utah's "Grand Bargain" for public lands enters phase three
Utah's "Grand Bargain" for public lands enters phase three
Bishop pushes what may be the West's biggest reshuffle of the land checkerboard.
Permafrost’s ticking “carbon bomb” may never truly detonate
Permafrost’s ticking “carbon bomb” may never truly detonate
New research suggests that carbon stored in frozen soil will be released gradually.
A battle for America’s trust
A battle for America’s trust
The war between the fossil fuel industry and Big Green may boil down to who can tell the best story.
Colorado’s snow is dust-free for the first time in a decade
Colorado’s snow is dust-free for the first time in a decade
But conditions are still prime for early snowmelt and summer drought.
Jewell, Murkowski square off
Jewell, Murkowski square off
The Interior Secretary and Alaskan Senator spar over money and the environment.
Jim Deacon, pioneering desert fish biologist, dies
Jim Deacon, pioneering desert fish biologist, dies
But the concept of saving big places through little animals lives on.
New hope for beetle-killed landscapes
New hope for beetle-killed landscapes
Can native forest fungi combat the West's bark beetle epidemic?
The Latest: New Mexico fracking ban overturned
The Latest: New Mexico fracking ban overturned
A win for industry in the nation’s first county to ban the practice.
Canada’s mining boom spills into U.S. waters
Canada’s mining boom spills into U.S. waters
How do you protect a river that begins in another country?
Plunging oil prices are saving Alaskan ecosystems — for now
Plunging oil prices are saving Alaskan ecosystems — for now
The new governor shelves controversial roads, dams and other developments.
National forests to decide where snowmobiles are welcome
National forests to decide where snowmobiles are welcome
A new rule requires the government to specify areas for winter motorized users.
The Forest Service bets on second-growth logging in Alaska
The Forest Service bets on second-growth logging in Alaska
But can timber still keep island communities in the Tongass afloat?
New law protects Alaska Native women
New law protects Alaska Native women
The ability to prosecute domestic violence may be the first step toward creating Indian Country in Alaska.
Non-native goats in Utah’s La Sal Mountains
Non-native goats in Utah’s La Sal Mountains
How bad are these ungulates for the ecosystem?
How Native Americans have shaped the year's biggest environmental debates
How Native Americans have shaped the year's biggest environmental debates
And how lawmakers can improve their record next year.
Drilling the Arctic comes with a 75 percent chance of a large oil spill
Drilling the Arctic comes with a 75 percent chance of a large oil spill
Key findings from a new environmental analysis.
Cleaner air for the Cowboy State
Cleaner air for the Cowboy State
Even remote spots like the Wind Rivers could benefit from the EPA's proposed crack down on polluters.
Why are Hopi rangers impounding sheep at Black Mesa?
Why are Hopi rangers impounding sheep at Black Mesa?
The latest in a fraught relationship between Navajo and Hopi in northern Arizona.
Solace at the end of Homer Spit
Solace at the end of Homer Spit
When I quit my job and joined a pilgrimage of heartbroken dreamers staggering toward Alaska.
For climate activists, a bright spot in a dismal election
For climate activists, a bright spot in a dismal election
Environmentalists in the Pacific Northwest may lead the way.