Issues

How Arizona's culture helped shape the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords
How Arizona's culture helped shape the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords
If you want to understand why Jared Lee Loughner shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others at a Tucson Safeway in 2011, look to Arizona’s soulless culture and vitriolic politics. Also, ground truthing Obama's praise of natural gas, ecosystem services of water-cleaning forests, an environmental warrior still going strong at 95, and more.
Can evolution help snowshoe hares adapt to climate change?
Can evolution help snowshoe hares adapt to climate change?
Wildlife biologists study the seasonal coat changes of snowshoe hares for clues about how wild animals may evolve in response to climate change. Also, local planning gets challenged as a U.N. conspiracy theory, the politics of choosing judges, and a Wyoming naturalist seeks Sasquatch.
Billboard corporations use money and influence to override your vote
Billboard corporations use money and influence to override your vote
In Salt Lake City and other Western communities, billboard companies battle local democracy. Also in this issue: Buying out grazing permits to solve public lands conflicts, mom-and-pop energy companies risk a lot to find new reserves, A lawsuit raises questions about how far environmentalists should go to keep wilderness 'untrammeled.', and much more.
Perilous Passages
Perilous Passages
Along the 120-mile-long "Path of the Pronghorn," migrating animals cross rivers, dodge traffic, battle blizzards and navigate the infrastructure of Wyoming energy development.
Out on a limb
Out on a limb
As whitebark pines in the Northern Rockies succumb to pine beetles and blister rust, hardworking climbers defy gravity to collect pine cones from canopies to supply efforts to breed more resilient and resistant trees.
Growing a Revolution
Growing a Revolution
Viva Farms is a "farm incubator" in Washington's Skagit Valley, helping aspiring cash-poor farmers like Nelida Martinez start and successfully operate their own businesses.
Possessing the Wild
Possessing the Wild
Captive wolves and wolf-dog hybrids are kept all over the West for various purposes, often in poorly regulated facilities.
Omens from a Vanished Sea
Omens from a Vanished Sea
In Utah, scientists are exploring the site of a long-vanished inland sea called Lake Bonneville to understand the West's past - and future - climate.
A Burning  Problem
A Burning Problem
Why good policy and good intentions won’t stop big, destructive fires.
Redemption
Redemption
Reclamation, removal, and recovery
For the love of hummers
For the love of hummers
The dedicated volunteers of the Hummingbird Monitoring Network serve as citizen scientists, gathering field data on the birds they love.
Looking for Balance in Navajoland
Looking for Balance in Navajoland
The West’s largest tribe works to reform its government.
Ganjanomics
Ganjanomics
The marijuana growers of California's notorious "Emerald Triangle" wrestle with bringing their shadow economy into the light of day.
The Global West
The Global West
China's insatiable energy appetite is fueling a natural resource boom in the West.
Hydrofracked?
Hydrofracked?
A Wyoming farmer battles industry and bureaucracy trying to find out whether hydraulic fracturing - used in natural gas drilling - polluted his drinking water.
Under the Flight Path
Under the Flight Path
An air-tour businessman and Italian developers become deeply enmeshed in the politics of tiny Tusayan, Ariz., part of a plan to profit from the nearby Grand Canyon.
Wolf Whiplash
Wolf Whiplash
A strategic miscalculation by environmental groups helped spur the delisting of gray wolves in Montana and Idaho.
Ripple Effects
Ripple Effects
On Fort Berthold: Three tribes, a dam, and a diabetes epidemic. | On the Klamath: A settlment to restore rivers and tribes.
The Westerner in D.C
The Westerner in D.C
Debbie Sease has spent three decades on Capitol Hill, fighting for the West.
Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters
A float down the Lower San Juan teaches surprising lessons about dams, water and silt in the West.
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