Analysis

How the U.S. was caught ill-prepared for coronavirus
How the U.S. was caught ill-prepared for coronavirus
While experts say the president’s response has contributed to the crisis, the public health care system suffers from decades of underfunding.
Untangling the global oil market
Untangling the global oil market
The U.S. is a net exporter of petroleum, so why isn’t it energy independent?
Western states widely support refugee resettlement
Western states widely support refugee resettlement
The president’s executive order meant to limit resettlement, but the West is opting for more.
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.
Colorado’s biggest methane emitter may get a discount
Colorado’s biggest methane emitter may get a discount
In exchange, the state asks a coal mine to trap its gas—but the BLM won’t require it.
Interior overhauls sage grouse conservation
Interior overhauls sage grouse conservation
How big a role do industry concerns play in potential rewrite of management plans?
At Bundy Ranch trial, questions on guns and violence
At Bundy Ranch trial, questions on guns and violence
The trial over a 2014 showdown raises issues about the right to bear arms and assemble.
U.S. House moves to streamline water projects
U.S. House moves to streamline water projects
A controversial bill would weaken states’ control over water.
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