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.
Arizonan gets crosswise with neighbors
Jerry and Pat Chouinard's plan to erect a 70-foot cross on a hillside provokes neighbors.
Looter nabbed in Utah
Notorious ruin pillager Earl Shumway is indicted for artifact theft in Utah.
We can't save the land without first saving the West
The communities of the West can be saved while the land is protected, too.
What to do when opposition to planning turns ugly
Experts give advice about what to do when land-use opposition gets ugly.
Land-use plan is disemboweled
A proposed land-use plan for Montana's Flathead County faces violent opposition.
Noose threatens planning supporter
Planning supporter Ellen Gray receives death threats in Everett, Washington.
The valley around us is deep
The Forest Service asked William Stafford to write poems for the scenic turnouts along the river valley. Poems reprinted.
How Methow Valley grew an economy
Residents of Methow Valley build cross-country skiing to feed the economy.
Citizens held off big money for years
For 20 years environmentalists have fought developers in the Methow Valley.
Beauty eludes the beast
An unusual consensus may stave off development in Washington's Methow Valley.
A small town in Oregon gets ugly
Wise-use movement clashes with environmentalists in Joseph, Oregon.
Off campus: A sociologist tries to help Idaho's small towns
Sociologist Aaron Harp at the University of Idaho is skeptical about the land grants.
On campus: A department head tries to change the academic culture
University of Wyoming professor Glen Whipple believes the system can work.
A tale of two ag programs
Evergreen State offers full approach to diverse agriculture
Budget cutters whack at researchers
Scientists at land-grant colleges face budget cuts.
Between past and future
Washington State University finds it difficult to change when the funding is tight and people uncooperative.
Land-grant universities
The land-grant universities face change as the West changes.
Paved "paradise' for workers
Telluride, Colorado, workers can live in cars in a public parking lot, town council decides.
Reality intrudes on Big Rock Candy Mountain
Big Rock Candy Mountain is bankrupt.
Saved from subdivision
Letter-writing campaign stops development of privately owned land in a national forest.