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Boaters are joining wildlife advocates, farmers and power companies to parcel out each cubic foot of Western rivers.
The curmudgeonly author’s last collection, published just weeks before his death, remains preoccupied with the joy of life.
A federal felony complaint reveals that the feds are continuing to investigate extremism on public lands.
How mobilizing a small army of locals could nurture grassroots support for large-scale thinning efforts.
Urban sprawl, energy development, agriculture and forestry have an ever-larger footprint on the West.
Fish and Wildlife Service hopes proposal will entice energy developers to obtain permits for eagle deaths.
The agency made a plan to protect female employees in 2000, but it appears no meaningful action was taken.
Chief Jon Jarvis faces ethical challenges and questions about the agency’s approach to sexual harassment.
A more secure safety net for workers in transition means higher taxes, a tradeoff many Americans oppose.
Legislative barriers to more widespread community solar remain, although some states are taking action.
Conservation, wilderness and water provisions long in the works were added to the massive energy bill.
Ocean acidification, driven by global fossil fuel emissions, is being exacerbated by local pollution.
The early caucus drew attention to Western issues. In November, the state will play an even bigger role.
Whether grazing on public land is a ‘right’ or a ‘privilege’ is one of the region’s most contentious issues. Here’s why.
Regulators don’t link industry to contamination — but testing shows the pollution came after drilling.
Precipitation in recent months chips away at California drought, but the water deficit will be hard to overcome.
Invasive carp may recolonize areas they were once eradicated from, depending on how long the occupation lasts.
Where enviros are uniting with social justice and tribal rights activists in the Northwest to stop new fossil fuel development.
Some scientists are replacing sardines and anchovies with soybeans and corn as food for farmed fish.
Scientific inquiry is a process of constant revision. And revision is where the most intriguing discoveries happen.
Some ranchers still say women ruin horses and a rancher and his wife can be paid at two-for-the-price-of-one.
Despite the Keystone rejection, keep-it-in-the-ground activism is still a sideshow to the larger climate movement.
Climate change has profound impacts on growing seasons and crop yields, but local solutions have promise.
A drought plan in one of the West’s most forward-thinking watersheds reconciles salmon and agriculture.
With the bird’s non-listing under the Endangered Species Act, expect more of the legal crawl that got us here in the first place.
Local officials want Pueblo County, Colorado, to be the best place to grow, but not everyone’s high on the idea.
Nation’s largest fishing port was already short on housing. With Shell in town, locals say things are getting worse.
While Oregon and Washington broil, the Southwest and Southern Rockies enjoy a welcome reprieve of moisture
Sen. John McCain's proposal would give Border Patrol more immediate access to sensitive borderlands.
- David Bittner on A couple living off-the-grid fought water law — and won
- Tom Darnell on Humans and ecosystems mix it up on the U.S. - Mexico Borderlands
- Adam Hannuksela on How do Trump and Clinton differ on conservation?
- Robin Switzer on Humans and ecosystems mix it up on the U.S. - Mexico Borderlands
- Mark York on Tribes win one fight, lose another in pipeline protest