Items by Nick Bowlin

In rural Colorado, the kids of coal miners learn to install solar panels
In rural Colorado, the kids of coal miners learn to install solar panels
Where the mines once provided steady employment, solar energy now offers jobs for the next generation.
Undocumented farmworkers could get citizenship from a new bill in Congress
Undocumented farmworkers could get citizenship from a new bill in Congress
A United Farm Worker organizer reveals the political strategy behind the scenes.
Is renewable energy’s future dammed?
Is renewable energy’s future dammed?
A proposed hydroelectric project on the Little Colorado River shows the tricky trade-offs in transitioning from fossil fuels.
Gunnison sage grouse are vulnerable to climate chaos
Gunnison sage grouse are vulnerable to climate chaos
The dancing birds are especially susceptible to changing weather patterns, which is bad news going forward.
How BLM employees really feel about moving West
How BLM employees really feel about moving West
Leaked audio from a recent agency meeting is filled with fumbles by leadership, disapproving rumbles and derisive laughter from staff.
A water ‘win-win’ in Colorado? Not so fast.
A water ‘win-win’ in Colorado? Not so fast.
A plan to export water from the San Luis Valley to the Denver Metro area is met with defiance.
Colorado farmers fight to save their water and their community’s future
Colorado farmers fight to save their water and their community’s future
‘We can either wait on Mother Nature — or we can give it a shot ourselves.’
The feds tried to make an example of a small Washington coal mine. It didn’t work.
The feds tried to make an example of a small Washington coal mine. It didn’t work.
The John Henry Mine last produced coal in 1999 and has yet to be fully reclaimed.
San Juan County ends legal fight against Voting Rights Act decision
San Juan County ends legal fight against Voting Rights Act decision
The first-ever Navajo majority commission halted a legal challenge to the ruling that ended discriminatory voting boundaries.
Accolades and some new roles
Accolades and some new roles
New interns and a fellow arrive, and our editorial staff continues to morph.
Hunters and anglers struggle for public access to Colorado’s state trust lands
Hunters and anglers struggle for public access to Colorado’s state trust lands
Compared to its neighbors, the state limits public recreation, but that is changing.
Portland club discrimination case settled
Portland club discrimination case settled
As part of the settlement, the dress code used to discriminate against black patrons must be stopped.
Forest Service might limit public comments
Forest Service might limit public comments
The revision would allow the agency to approve more projects without environmental review.
Interior combatant confirmed to department
Interior combatant confirmed to department
Endangered Species Act opposer Susan Combs officially takes role as assistant secretary after long delay.
Rep. Xochitl Torres Small offers lessons in rural politics
Rep. Xochitl Torres Small offers lessons in rural politics
The Democratic congresswoman won a conservative region by talking about concerns all Westerners share.
The West’s worst fires aren’t burning in forests
The West’s worst fires aren’t burning in forests
Range fires get bigger every year, threatening sagebrush habitat and rural towns.
New Godzilla movie makes a mess of environmental ethics
New Godzilla movie makes a mess of environmental ethics
Once an allegory for the atomic bomb, the big lizard has come to represent climate change.
On Rhubarb and redactions
On Rhubarb and redactions
An HCN editor trains NYTimes staff, and we remember longtime readers.
America forgot the Chinese workers who built the railroad
America forgot the Chinese workers who built the railroad
Historian Gordon Chang’s new book attempts to correct that erasure.
Judge orders industries to pay royalties for public land extraction
Judge orders industries to pay royalties for public land extraction
Tens of millions more dollars will flow into Western communities after a federal court throws out the Trump administration’s industry-friendly deal.
A return from our spring hiatus
A return from our spring hiatus
HCN receives an American Society of Journalists and Authors award and a lovely tribute to our former publisher.
Trump administration rubber stamps Arizona copper mine
Trump administration rubber stamps Arizona copper mine
An industry-friendly ruling contradicts years of concerns over potential damage to endangered species, water systems and Native American cultural sites.
A silver lining to sage grouse rollbacks?
A silver lining to sage grouse rollbacks?
While there’s less protection overall, a few Western states restore regulations that match or surpass original plans.
The true vulnerability of coastal California, revealed
The true vulnerability of coastal California, revealed
A new study suggests flooding could surpass some of the state’s worst natural disasters.
Utah asks for exemption from Forest Service roadless rule
Utah asks for exemption from Forest Service roadless rule
For two decades, the rule has protected nearly four million acres in Utah.
Commercial honeybees threaten to displace Utah’s native bees
Commercial honeybees threaten to displace Utah’s native bees
Federal lands could offer hives a respite from pesticides.
Glimpse inside the last inland temperate rainforest
Glimpse inside the last inland temperate rainforest
Endangered species and landscapes vividly captured in a new book.
Editors out and about this winter
Editors out and about this winter
From Washington Post op-eds to guest speaking engagements, our editors stay busy (and warm).
Western voters care more about climate than ‘energy dominance’
Western voters care more about climate than ‘energy dominance’
An annual survey reveals a leap in support of conservation policies.
Farmers and ranchers lose vital support during shutdown
Farmers and ranchers lose vital support during shutdown
The funding stalemate has halted Department of Agriculture programs that the rural West relies on.
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