Communities

A Western town says ‘no’ to guns in schools
A Western town says ‘no’ to guns in schools
School shootings raise a question that once seemed settled in Mancos, Colorado.
A celebration of equality and of the land
A celebration of equality and of the land
At a Wyoming wedding, a musician ponders the big questions of life.
West Obsessed: An Indigenous family’s struggle for housing
West Obsessed: An Indigenous family’s struggle for housing
Writer Julian Brave NoiseCat discusses the experience of the Waukazoo family.
In their footprints
"Trading in the Past: Sandals of the Anasazi" is an exhibit at the Utah Museum of Natural History.
Unlikely reformer: Can sinful Las Vegas help change the West?
Despite its "sinful past," Las Vegas is becoming progressive in the areas of wages and water.
Elko is halfway home
Elko has outgrown its image of "the best small town of America."
Salt Lake City: Is this still the place?
Some Salt Lake residents worry that the world is coming too quickly to their "kingdom."
Learning from Las Vegas
Las Vegas continues to grow and change as tourists, gamblers and workers flock to town.
Tales from the West
The Stories that Shape Us: Contemporary Women Write about the West offers essays by 26 writers.
Gambling with small towns
A University of Colorado study, Win, Lost or Draw? Gambling with America's Small Towns, finds that the three Colorado towns that allow gambling are largely unhappy with the consequences.
How to nominate an environmental innovator
The Pew Scholars Program rewards environmentalists with grants.
Life among the ruins
A subdivision in southwestern Colorado allows buyers to build houses around Anasazi ruins.
Not the whole story
Recent survey shows that 58 percent of Hells Canyon area residents support protecting the area's natural environment, even if jobs are at risk.
Wheel Your Way through Winter
The video Driving Snow offers advice for winter driving in the West.
Jackson voters say yes to planning
Jackson, Wyo., voters approve an extensive set of new zoning and land-use regulations.
Waaaaaaaaaaaahh! The West refuses to be weaned
A Chicago columnist castigates the supposedly independent West as "an overgrown brat."
Salmon campaign fractures over how to include people
An injunction on mining, logging and grazing on six Idaho forests provokes huge community reaction and creates divisions among environmentalists.
An ersatz democracy gets what it deserves
Media, elected officials and the city of Denver all share responsibility for DIA and its problems.
Plucky 'Batman and Robin' make an airport their case
Retired engineers Paul Earle and Jim Buck are two of DIA's most persistent critics.
Ambition becomes a megamess
The history of Denver International Airport, like that of other Western megaprojects, is the history of a megamess.
The West sings the Denver airport blues
Denver International Airport may become a giant boondoggle.
Developer paralyzes Jackson's new plan
Developer Jere Bishop stymies Jackson's new zoning master plan.
Don't dump on tourists
Some planning experts blame "real estate community" for corrupting small towns.