Communities

When public health becomes the public enemy
When public health becomes the public enemy
Far-right extremists are robbing the West of the officials who protect community health.
Indigenous college faculty and students lead the removal of racist panels in Colorado
Indigenous college faculty and students lead the removal of racist panels in Colorado
A former Native boarding school turned liberal arts college in Durango reckons with its ugly history.
How wildlife sightings create community
How wildlife sightings create community
What we share and what we keep quiet in small mountain towns.
How a Washington ski patrol learned to unionize
How a Washington ski patrol learned to unionize
When Vail Resorts added Stevens Pass to its empire, ski patrollers feared becoming fungible parts in a corporate machine. So they organized.
‘This is not what a food bank was designed to do’
‘This is not what a food bank was designed to do’
California food banks are struggling with an overwhelming need and ongoing recession.
Why George Floyd protests resonated so early in Denver
Why George Floyd protests resonated so early in Denver
After years of community pressure for police reform, the city was primed for protest.
Bay Area towns need to address sea-level rise. Will they?
Bay Area towns need to address sea-level rise. Will they?
‘It’s not natural for them to cooperate.’
An opportunity to close Indian Country’s digital divide is expiring
An opportunity to close Indian Country’s digital divide is expiring
A government program aimed at reversing the longstanding connectivity issues on tribal lands is complicated by the pandemic.
A family starts anew amid COVID-19
A family starts anew amid COVID-19
Mountain View, California, offers a ‘safe lot’ for RV dwellers.
Local food movement gains momentum under COVID-19
Local food movement gains momentum under COVID-19
Some consumers have turned to community agriculture, as the pandemic strains the nation’s food system.
Jordan Cove pipeline moves forward, despite Oregon’s opposition
Jordan Cove pipeline moves forward, despite Oregon’s opposition
The company insists the pipeline will help Gov. Kate Brown recover economically from COVID-19.
Wildlife is thriving in national parks — for now
Wildlife is thriving in national parks — for now
‘This is something we haven’t seen in our lifetimes.’
COVID-19 impacts every corner of the Navajo Nation
COVID-19 impacts every corner of the Navajo Nation
Front-line workers confront the world’s newest deadly malady.
COVID-19 pushed Seattle to provide housing for homeless people
COVID-19 pushed Seattle to provide housing for homeless people
Advocates hope to lock in this assistance beyond the pandemic.
How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?
How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?
Keeping first responders socially distant, and evacuating communities safely, would be a challenge.
Indigenous artists hit hard as gig after gig is canceled
Indigenous artists hit hard as gig after gig is canceled
The cancellations and postponements have a rippling economic effect across Indian Country.
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.
‘They cut all of our hours’
‘They cut all of our hours’
Despite their designation as essential, California farmworkers are being furloughed.
Jackson, whole: Community persists with an uncertain future
Jackson, whole: Community persists with an uncertain future
COVID-19 upends a Wyoming resort town.
Body brokers arrested for illegally selling body parts
Body brokers arrested for illegally selling body parts
The FBI has been investigating the owner of a now-closed Colorado funeral home since 2017.
Amidst North Dakota’s fracking boom, people keep disappearing
Amidst North Dakota’s fracking boom, people keep disappearing
Journalist Sierra Crane Murdoch documents Lissa Yellow Bird’s search for the missing.
In their words: How Westerners are weathering the pandemic
In their words: How Westerners are weathering the pandemic
From feeling hopeful to anxious to resilient, people across the West offer a look into their communities.
Park closures have unequal costs
Park closures have unequal costs
As we limit outdoor access, consider the impact on underrepresented communities.
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