Communities

Duwamish Tribe sues Interior in federal court, alleging sex discrimination
Duwamish Tribe sues Interior in federal court, alleging sex discrimination
After decades of back-and-forth with federal authorities, the matrilineal descendants of Chief Seattle want federal recognition, once and for all.
The Navajo Nation’s first economist takes a fresh view on development
The Navajo Nation’s first economist takes a fresh view on development
Alisha Murphy discusses her vision of a robust tribal economy and the importance of community input.
Ashes and silver linings: Marshall Fire survivors reflect
Ashes and silver linings: Marshall Fire survivors reflect
Colorado’s most destructive fire leaves behind grief and slow recoveries.
Playing politics or helping the range?
New Mexico State's Range Improvement Task Force has often been accused of being a front for the livestock industry.
What is cooperative extension?
Description of what the West's extension agents do.
What does the West need to know?
In a changing West, the land-grant universities' cooperative extension programs must rethink their mission.
Leaving room for cows and horses
Oakley, Utah adopts a development code with a "right to farm provision" in an attempt to preserve its rural way of life.
True portentousness on a Wyoming highway
A road trip across Wyoming moves the writer to muse about the glories of living in an "unedited" version of the West.
Small town design
A report, "Managing Change in Rural Communities," is reviewed.
$400,000 buys property - and a vote
The new resort town of Mountain Village, Colo., employs questionable legal tactics to allow non-resident property owners to vote while seasonal workers cannot.
Ski workers look for a home
If the Adam's Rib ski resort is built, western Colorado's already displaced workers will have to commute even farther to find a place to live.
Jury convicts a grave robber
Oregon resident Jack Lee Harelson is found guilty of looting an Indian burial cave in Nevada, and pothunter Earl Shumway is sentenced in Utah to six-and-one-half years.
Catron County wins in court, loses on the ground
Catron County, N.M.'s land ordinances survive an environmental lawsuit, but fail to be enforced on the ground.
Facts take a beating on the range
New Mexico State's Range Improvement Task Force issues a press release saying the Diamond Bar allotment is not overgrazed, and environmentalists and scientist critics cry "pseudoscience."
One man's good move
The writer describes how his New Yorker father fell in love with, and eventually moved to, Santa Fe.
The thing about the West is that every jerk is figuring out how to rip up the landscape, and the laws in the West let him
In his own words, an anonymous retired East Coast businessman explains his disillusionment with the West and his decision not to buy property there.
Lack of enchantment
Santa Fe's hotel and tourism industry blames populist Mayor Debbie Jaramillo for the slowing of the city's upscale boom.
The Northwest's new economy
Economist Tom Powers' report, "Economic Well-being and Environmental Protection in the Pacific Northwest," says the region is thriving despite dire predictions.
Do-it-yourself preservation
Volunteers help protect the West's threatened archaeological sites from vandals and looters.
Revving up rural schools
The Annenberg Rural Challenge seeks to reform rural schools.
Southwestern writers hit the airwaves
A radio documentary "Writing the Southwest" features 13 Southwestern authors.
Green fellows
Environmental journalists are invited to apply for a fellowship year at Harvard.
Traffic flow 1, trees 0
Residents of New Mexico's North Valley object to the felling of old cottonwoods to make way for a bridge over the Rio Grande designed to ease Albuquerque commuter traffic.
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