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.
Cottonwoods host a world of microbes within their leaves
Cottonwoods host a world of microbes within their leaves
That community of fungi and bacteria may be the key to keeping plants healthy.
Trump administration pauses California’s solar energy truce
Trump administration pauses California’s solar energy truce
The decision imperils the balance between desert conservation and development.
Exploring the West? Don’t start a wildfire.
Exploring the West? Don’t start a wildfire.
Here are some tips on how to stay safe.
Interior revives the push for a higher Shasta Dam
Interior revives the push for a higher Shasta Dam
But the state of California and Winnemem Wintu Tribe oppose the project.
Sage grouse shake-up alienates conservationists
Sage grouse shake-up alienates conservationists
Some back away from cooperating as trust in Interior wanes.
Tribal nations hold some of the best water rights in the West
Tribal nations hold some of the best water rights in the West
But to use them, tribes often must negotiate settlements that need federal approval.
Bears Ears is open for business
Bears Ears is open for business
A reporter staked a mining claim on former monument lands. You could, too.
A revolution in hydropower makes waves in rural Colorado
A revolution in hydropower makes waves in rural Colorado
Big dams were the hydro giants of yesteryear. The future of hydropower is small.
A legal defense fund for Pruitt compounds ethics concerns
A legal defense fund for Pruitt compounds ethics concerns
Accepting donations could add to the scandals already plaguing the EPA head.
Scott Pruitt’s ethics violations haven’t stopped his rollbacks
Scott Pruitt’s ethics violations haven’t stopped his rollbacks
Beleagured by investigations, the EPA chief continues to unravel protections.
Tribes lead the battle to combat a national opioid crisis
Tribes lead the battle to combat a national opioid crisis
Native communities have been flooded with prescription pain pills.
Conservation takes a hit in early version of farm bill
Conservation takes a hit in early version of farm bill
The bill that shapes the U.S. ag economy provides big money for land protections.
‘No crime scene’: The search for Olivia Lone Bear
‘No crime scene’: The search for Olivia Lone Bear
Native families grapple with scant support to locate their missing loved ones.
Arizona agency angers Colorado River users upstream
Arizona agency angers Colorado River users upstream
The spat offers a preview of what water politics could look like in a drier future.
Climate extremes are putting species in sync – and in danger
Climate extremes are putting species in sync – and in danger
Shifts in coastal weather systems could make the West’s species less resilient.
Can Montana Sen. Jon Tester survive Trump’s attacks?
Can Montana Sen. Jon Tester survive Trump’s attacks?
Dust-ups with the president test an increasingly red state’s middle-ground politician.
As Oregon’s midterms approach, divided sides dig in
As Oregon’s midterms approach, divided sides dig in
The right and the ‘resistance’ are doubling down after the election of Donald Trump.
At a range rights gathering, the press was in the crosshairs
At a range rights gathering, the press was in the crosshairs
In the era of social media, far-right activists aim to subvert mainstream journalists.
EPA proposal would let states relax coal plant pollution rules
EPA proposal would let states relax coal plant pollution rules
The change could increase contamination from coal ash leaching into groundwater.
Should scientists speak up for climate action?
Should scientists speak up for climate action?
How to balance professional objectivity and the existential threat of climate change.
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