Analysis

Western police are geared up for war
Western police are geared up for war
But who’s the enemy?
Coronavirus takes a heavy economic toll on rural hospitals
Coronavirus takes a heavy economic toll on rural hospitals
A sudden drop in revenue shows how thin margins threaten small town hospitals.
Are wildland firefighters at a greater risk from COVID-19?
Are wildland firefighters at a greater risk from COVID-19?
New research suggests that the smoke firefighters breathe makes the disease more threatening.
Fish and Wildlife retracts opposition to Arizona project
Fish and Wildlife retracts opposition to Arizona project
As Trump sidelines science, the agency flips on San Pedro River development.
The disappearance of Washington’s killer whales
The disappearance of Washington’s killer whales
The endangered whales are at a 30-year low, tied to depressed chinook salmon runs.
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
From wildfires to drought, a look at a warming world.
A ‘war on the Republican establishment’ comes West
A ‘war on the Republican establishment’ comes West
Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon aims to unseat incumbents in the 2018 midterms.
Ski resorts prepare for warmer Northwest winters
Ski resorts prepare for warmer Northwest winters
Shrinking snowpack has led some resorts to use costly, water-intensive snowmakers.
Why save the small town?
Why save the small town?
Cities may seem inevitable, but rural communities are finding ways to hang on.
How the Bundy trial embodies many of America’s divisions
How the Bundy trial embodies many of America’s divisions
The conflict touches a number of flashpoints in today’s political climate.
Six things to know about mass shootings in America
Six things to know about mass shootings in America
What policies help limit gun violence, and how does the U.S. rank in gun ownership?
Women in rural Washington enter local politics after Trump
Women in rural Washington enter local politics after Trump
Energized by the election, more women in Klickitat County seek office, and change.
Legal or not, Trump’s wall is already being built
Legal or not, Trump’s wall is already being built
What you need to know about construction currently happening on the border.
How will Medicaid cuts affect health care in Indian Country?
How will Medicaid cuts affect health care in Indian Country?
The U.S. government is poised to limit funding for Indian Health Services.
Why do white writers keep making films about Indian Country?
Why do white writers keep making films about Indian Country?
Try as they might, two new films can’t escape old tropes.
McCain resumes his quest for climate change action
McCain resumes his quest for climate change action
The senator bucks his party on climate change, after years of silence.
Why is Roger Stone so interested in Cliven Bundy?
Why is Roger Stone so interested in Cliven Bundy?
The Trump operative says he is heading to Nevada this week to call for a presidential pardon.
The West’s dramatic wildfire season, explained
The West’s dramatic wildfire season, explained
A fire ecologist on how it happened, and why communities will have to adapt.
Why are federal flood maps so flawed?
Why are federal flood maps so flawed?
The maps are expensive to maintain and shaped by local politics.
What theme parks get wrong about the American West
What theme parks get wrong about the American West
Romanticized histories promote rugged individualism, devoid of government help.
As sportsmen watch Zinke, disillusionment replaces hope
As sportsmen watch Zinke, disillusionment replaces hope
Concerns are rising that the Interior Secretary’s actions won’t match his rhetoric.
The long fight against Joe Arpaio will continue
The long fight against Joe Arpaio will continue
How ‘America’s toughest sheriff’ galvanized a movement among Arizona Latinos.
Why the Bundy crew keeps winning in court
Why the Bundy crew keeps winning in court
The feds just lost another case against public lands occupiers.
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