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Can Arizona citizens use the tools of democracy to preserve the state’s dwindling water?
Can Arizona citizens use the tools of democracy to preserve the state’s dwindling water?
How a group of ‘scrappy’ locals are working to create Arizona’s first citizen-initiated groundwater management area.
The Supreme Court’s attack on tribal sovereignty, explained
The Supreme Court’s attack on tribal sovereignty, explained
Four federal Indian law experts digest the Supreme Court’s ‘shocking‘ decision to grant state governments the power to prosecute crimes in Indian Country.
Letters to the editor, July 2022
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Environmental justice is only the beginning
Environmental justice is only the beginning
If the U.S. ever hopes to be in right relationship with the lands and waters it has seized, it must first restore its relationship with Indigenous peoples.
The beauty buried in the data
The beauty buried in the data
Art created using laser data reveals the history and geological wonder of Washington’s landscape and rivers.
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The hydrogen blues (and greens and grays)
The hydrogen blues (and greens and grays)
Is this wonder fuel truly green — or just another fossil fuel in disguise?
SCOTUS has shown poor judgment before
SCOTUS has shown poor judgment before
Remembering Japanese internment on a journey to Heart Mountain as Roe falls.
Lesson from a great blue heron
Lesson from a great blue heron
Adaptation is key to a coastal future.
How a salmon farm disaster changed Northwest aquaculture forever
How a salmon farm disaster changed Northwest aquaculture forever
Thousands of salmon escaped into the Puget Sound. Then the controversy began.
Who does the state of Wyoming consider a poacher?
Who does the state of Wyoming consider a poacher?
Three years ago, the Supreme Court upheld the Crow Tribe’s off-reservation hunting rights. But treaty hunters in Wyoming still risk prosecution, even as non-Natives poach wildlife on tribal land with impunity.
Getting over not fitting in
Getting over not fitting in
Why I have a jackalope tattoo, and another of a covered wagon.
Landslide risk is on the rise thanks to climate change, and states are looking to identify hazards
Landslide risk is on the rise thanks to climate change, and states are looking to identify hazards
Washington — home to deadliest landslide in the U.S. history — is working to prevent future loss of life by scanning the state for new threats.
Out-of-this-world fest; territorial disputes; bear-family affairs
Out-of-this-world fest; territorial disputes; bear-family affairs
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The Next Sky
The Next Sky
A poem by Sherwin Bitsui.
When I knew I had made it home
When I knew I had made it home
I drifted around the rural West and country for decades. Until I reached a small corner of Colorado.
The San Juan Basin’s fossil fuel transition slowed by economic and cultural bonds
The San Juan Basin’s fossil fuel transition slowed by economic and cultural bonds
The region’s history with prosperity in the oil and gas industry looms over conversations about how to diversify its economy.
Alaska land sale kicks off the state’s ambitious new agricultural project
Alaska land sale kicks off the state’s ambitious new agricultural project
The Nenana Totchaket Agricultural Project aims to fight food insecurity in the state but could interfere with local trappers’ ability to gather food.
Will carbon capture help clean New Mexico’s power, or delay its transition?
Will carbon capture help clean New Mexico’s power, or delay its transition?
A virtually unknown company has a $1.4 billion plan to extend the life of the state’s largest coal-fired power plant. Critics say it’s likely to be a costly distraction from a just transition.
New Mexico’s landmark coal transition law faces an uncertain timeline
New Mexico’s landmark coal transition law faces an uncertain timeline
Despite momentum in 2017, drought and supply chain problems are complicating the shift from fossil fuels.
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