Items by Michelle Nijhuis

COP21: Let us celebrate the lack of total failure
COP21: Let us celebrate the lack of total failure
The Paris agreement won't end climate change. But it's a long awaited step forward.
As wildfires get bigger, is there any way to be ready?
As wildfires get bigger, is there any way to be ready?
After one record-setting wildfire, a Washington county prepares for more.
Aldo Leopold explains it all
Aldo Leopold explains it all
Should nature be protected for humans or from humans?
Can Aldo Leopold’s land ethic tackle our toughest problems?
Can Aldo Leopold’s land ethic tackle our toughest problems?
An argument for ‘voluntary decency.’
For the love of trees
For the love of trees
When trees change due to the planet’s shifting climate, we change too.
The mysterious reappearance of the white-bottomed bee
The mysterious reappearance of the white-bottomed bee
A Western species that crashed in the 1990s may be making a comeback in Washington and Colorado.
New musical celebrates the nation's first openly transgender mayor
New musical celebrates the nation's first openly transgender mayor
‘Stu for Silverton’ debuted this summer in Seattle.
Plugging in
Getting back on the grid after 15 years
The carbon (spin) cycle
The University of Wyoming removes a controversial art sculpture after receiving pressure from energy industry funders
Mutualism on the Colorado River
How water managers are like tubeworms
"Tiananmen Sid" shakes up a small town
"Tiananmen Sid" shakes up a small town
When Paonia hairdresser Sid Lewis protested billionaire Bill Koch's land swap deal in Paonia's July 4 parade; the resulting shakeup shone a light on small town and national tensions.
Imaginary journeys on a rowing machine
Imaginary journeys on a rowing machine
When a writer buys a rowing machine, her 3-year-old daughter's enthusiasm turns exercise into an adventure as they imagine rowing to reach the island of Yap in Micronesia.
Into the Big Empty
Researchers investigate why we love prairies and open landscapes
Evolve or die
Can Yosemite's chipmunks evolve to deal with a changing climate?
Can animals evolve quickly enough to survive global warming?
Can animals evolve quickly enough to survive global warming?
What can rapid evolution in response to climate change teach us about managing nature?
Animal migration occurs all around us and yet remains a mystery
Animal migration occurs all around us and yet remains a mystery
Sandhill cranes and pronghorn antelope are among the many creatures that make long and arduous seasonal migrations across the West.
Autopsy of an Aspen
A new study examines the victims of Sudden Aspen Decline
What would John McPhee do?
A writer shares how he listens and organizes writing on topics Western and further afield
Western scientists study the past to predict the future
Scientists are digging into the past of the West to try to understand what the future may bring.
The middles of nowhere
A quest to map and measure the true centers of America
The crow knows your nose
In Seattle, crows learn to hold a grudge
On the move in Yosemite
The famed park's wildlife ain't where it used to be
Defriending Joe Hill: Stegner's lesson for the Oscars
Defriending Joe Hill: Stegner's lesson for the Oscars
Wallace Stegner struggled over the ethics of writing a “fictional biography” of labor organizer Joe Hill; today, filmmakers blithely make “fictional biographies” of living characters like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The Latest
Encounters with the Ex-Secretary
Bruce Babbitt lets loose
Wile E. wins again
Suspected wolf scat was from coyotes, DNA analysis finds
Prodigal Dogs
Prodigal Dogs
Evidence suggests that wolves may have returned to Colorado, and they are here to stay.
Life along the Colorado River
Kasia Broussalian spent two sweltering months photographing the people who live along the Colorado River.
Township 13 South, Range 92 West, Section 35
Township 13 South, Range 92 West, Section 35
A writer looks into the history of the people who lived on the Colorado mesa she now calls home.
A tenderfoot in Taos
A tenderfoot in Taos
An exhausted young mother, her lively new baby, and a compassionate drunkard have a brief but lovely encounter on the plaza in Taos, N.M.
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