Communities

Adoption didn’t solve the ‘Indian Problem’
Adoption didn’t solve the ‘Indian Problem’
An author recounts how 1960s policies ripped apart families and communities, including her own.
It’s time to start eating roadkill
It’s time to start eating roadkill
Salvaging meat in Alaska is commonplace. Can it catch on in the Lower 48?
The stories that defined the West in 2018
The stories that defined the West in 2018
The year in essays, analysis and investigations from across the Western U.S.
Montana State University to local environmentalists: Get lost!
Author describes how Montana State University blacklisted him for being the "Ralph Nader of the West."
An in-your-face range scientist
New Mexico State's Jerry Holechek believes public-lands grazing has to be changed at the roots.
The Memo War: 1989-1993
Kamyar Enshayan's views about sustainable agriculture started a four-year "war of memos" on the subject.
Starting a war at Ohio State
Kamyar Enshayan fights the industrialization of agriculture often promoted by land-grant colleges.
The gospel according to Wes Jackson
Geneticist Wes Jackson calls modern agriculture a mistake and offers a blueprint for reform.
Trying to save two of the parts
Lyle McNeal of Utah State devotes himself to bringing back the Navajo's Churro sheep.
Land grants under the microscope
The land-grant university system has been challenged and is slowly beginning to change.
Midnight subdividing creates unsanitary messes
Lax land-use laws and unscrupulous developers create poor, polluted settlements known as colonias in New Mexico.
How does a boom feel?
A video titled "Subdividing the West: Implications of Growth' is available from Colorado State University.
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.
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