Perspectives on the West

Why Jon Kyl was chosen to replace John McCain
Why Jon Kyl was chosen to replace John McCain
Amid a reshuffling of Arizona’s political deck, the state’s governor makes a water-driven decision.
‘Organic’ litter is not copacetic
‘Organic’ litter is not copacetic
Even orange peels be damned — don’t toss your food on the trail.
Idaho’s economy depends on ‘foreign-born’ workers
Idaho’s economy depends on ‘foreign-born’ workers
Immigration raids threaten the $10 billion dairy industry in the Gem State.
As the West burns, a town fields its own amateur firefighters
As the West burns, a town fields its own amateur firefighters
The community of Dufur, Oregon, bands together to douse the flames.
Factory farms can lead to industrial-sized problems
Factory farms can lead to industrial-sized problems
A ‘livestock-friendly’ industry has massive problems, from groundwater contamination to greenhouse gas emissions.
Zinke is letting corporations profit off our national parks
Zinke is letting corporations profit off our national parks
A company is cashing in on prized public lands by fleecing American taxpayers.
We should all be more like ‘the bluebird man’
We should all be more like ‘the bluebird man’
Meet Al Larsen, a citizen scientist with decades of meticulous records of the West’s bluebirds.
Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum
Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum
Wilderness managers are still trying to balance the risks and necessity of fire.
California’s apocalyptic fires are a side effect of modern life
California’s apocalyptic fires are a side effect of modern life
The ‘new normal’ of a year-round wildfire season is a problem of our own making.
Paddling the Colorado’s headwaters reveals a wrung-out river
Paddling the Colorado’s headwaters reveals a wrung-out river
Shrinking snowpacks and low waterways will affect everyone from tourists to farmers.
President Trump is sacrificing our public lands legacy
President Trump is sacrificing our public lands legacy
From reversing mitigation policies to opening our public lands to oil and gas drilling, the insults keep mounting.
Orcas need more than sympathy and prayers
Orcas need more than sympathy and prayers
Will our citizens muster the political will needed to save killer whales and the chinook that sustain them?
Trump’s attacks on public lands could help Democrats out West
Trump’s attacks on public lands could help Democrats out West
Monument reviews, wilderness access are key sticking points in the midterms.
In southwestern Utah, unceasing growth means increased tension
In southwestern Utah, unceasing growth means increased tension
Access to public lands has caused St. George to become one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country.
Immigrants aren’t the real threat to public lands
Immigrants aren’t the real threat to public lands
Population growth isn’t the problem. Look to the American lifestyle and economy instead.
Domestic horses deserve care and respect, not neglect
Domestic horses deserve care and respect, not neglect
In Ashland, Oregon, an equine sanctuary fills the gap left by irresponsible owners.
Naming the Borderlands’ lost
Naming the Borderlands’ lost
In Arizona, a humanitarian crisis spurs researchers to find new ways of identifying migrant remains.
How Native filmmakers are restoring cinematic narratives
How Native filmmakers are restoring cinematic narratives
Indigenous film festivals showcase Native stories, but more support is needed to reach mainstream audiences.
Rural railroads are more important than your new trails
Rural railroads are more important than your new trails
Converting rails to trails can hurt economies and make it harder to battle blazes.
‘No trespassing’ laws create personal playgrounds for the wealthy
‘No trespassing’ laws create personal playgrounds for the wealthy
Westerners must fight for the right to roam in the age of ‘stand your ground’ laws.
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