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On the Klamath, a surprising win for river advocates
On the Klamath, a surprising win for river advocates
Dam removals on the Oregon-California border move forward without water deals for irrigators.
Montana tribe’s water deal clears major Senate milestone
Montana tribe’s water deal clears major Senate milestone
Blackfeet have waited decades to resolve their water claims but Congress is in no hurry.
No, federal land transfers are not in the Constitution
No, federal land transfers are not in the Constitution
Legal scholars debunk arguments about how founding documents support local control of all lands.
A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion
A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion
An interactive, year-by-year look at the current insurgency.
The many faces of snow
The many faces of snow
Praying monks, cold smoke, hoarfrost and rime.
Did Colorado leave residents of the Raton Basin with bad water?
Did Colorado leave residents of the Raton Basin with bad water?
Regulators don't link industry to contamination — but testing shows the pollution came after drilling.
Above normal snowpack in some of last winter's driest regions
Above normal snowpack in some of last winter's driest regions
Precipitation in recent months chips away at California drought, but the water deficit will be hard to overcome.
The surprising history of the Malheur wildlife refuge
The surprising history of the Malheur wildlife refuge
The refuge's creation helped support nearby ranchers.
The BLM's arms race on the range
The BLM's arms race on the range
The agency has armed up since 1978, but it's still outgunned without local backup.
The rise of the Sagebrush Sheriffs
The rise of the Sagebrush Sheriffs
How rural ‘constitutional’ peace officers are joining the war against the feds.
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
How a small-time mining dispute in Oregon readied a network of militias for the Malheur occupation.
Fresh faces and fresh powder
In Washington, the 'necessity defense' on trial alongside activists
In Washington, the 'necessity defense' on trial alongside activists
The 'Delta 5' made a legal and moral case for their actions, with mixed results.
The exotic dancing boom in North Dakota goes bust
The exotic dancing boom in North Dakota goes bust
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region
In ‘Gold Fame Citrus,’ the nascent genre of cli-fi looks to California
In ‘Gold Fame Citrus,’ the nascent genre of cli-fi looks to California
A new climate change novel predicts a dystopian West of sand and refugees.
Past and present in a New Mexico town famous for its pies
Past and present in a New Mexico town famous for its pies
A review of "Pie Town Revisited" by Arthur Drooker.
How a huge Arizona mining deal was passed — and could be revoked
How a huge Arizona mining deal was passed — and could be revoked
Pushed through Congress, the Resolution Copper deal could damage sacred Apache sites.
Obama moves on coal and readers respond to Sagebrush coverage.