Communities

Rekindling connections in the small flame of a qulliq
Rekindling connections in the small flame of a qulliq
An Inupiaq writer welcomes the nourishing glow of a seal oil lamp into her home.
Tribes call out Oregon’s reckless gaming regulation
Tribes call out Oregon’s reckless gaming regulation
Using horse-racing laws, a shadowy state agency and a billionaire push for a private casino that threatens tribes’ self-sufficiency.
‘The clinic, it’s going to be the heart of it all’
‘The clinic, it’s going to be the heart of it all’
Members of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the newest federally recognized tribe, will have guaranteed access to health care when their new medical center opens.
Public lands for needy ski resorts
National Forest Supervisor Sonny LaSalle offers a controversial solution to Summit County's housing shortage by suggesting ski areas build low-cost housing on Forest Service land.
From sawing logs to serving cappuccino?
The company town of Port Gamble, Wash., faces a future as a tourist town when its only sawmill closes.
Looking for a quiet, old neighborhood?
State-owned lots with Native American ruins on them may be sold to provide money for Utah schools.
Inventing the Southwest
An exhibit called "Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art," goes on display in Phoenix, Ariz.
Inside the glitter
An exhibit of photographs and interviews by Kit Miller takes an in-depth look at the people who work in Nevada's casinos.
Rocks, invective, and generosity
A profile of rancher Eugene Hussey reveals a man who has often had trouble with authority.
Inside the glitter
Photojournalist Kit Miller explores the lives of Nevada's casino workers in photos and interviews in an exhibit called Inside the Glitter.
Another judge says no
Undaunted by a third federal court ruling against the University of Arizona's plan to build its large telescope on Mount Graham, Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe drafts legislation to let the construction proceed.
DIA hears from some critics
At an air summit meeting in Grand Junction, Colo., representatives at Denver International Airport hear a litany of complaints from Western Slope regional airport managers.
Heard around the West
Cows poisoned; antler poaching; brucellosis logo in Yellowstone; overheated black-footed ferrets die; beef fudge recipe; prison near Norwood, Colo., school; salvage logging protest; "drive-through' Ph.D.; Harry Merlo's successor; recreation bulldozing.
A pothunter is nailed at last
Notorious pothunter Earl Shumway is convicted of looting Anasazi burial sites in Utah.
Grow up, dig in, and take root
Talk of the West's "dream towns" should focus less on moving to one than on staying and creating a home where we already live.
Heard around the West
Greens spend little time in sports, Shirley MacLaine bucks karma, Utah Rep. Jim Hansen turns chicken, Lake Powell is full of s--, blimps over Grand Canyon, former Idaho Sen. James McClure lobbies for ESA, SUWA accused of overreacting, Navajos' blue jeans
Losing the border blues
The quarterly "Workbook" takes a look at Mexican and American border communities' environmental problems after NAFTA.
Nobody's home in resort towns
The vacancy rate in Colorado resort towns grows as more houses are bought for seldom-used second homes.
Pictures worth 2,000 words
Emery County, Utah, hires art restorers to remove graffiti from prehistoric rock art in Buckhorn Wash.
'Green' professor cleared in Wyoming
University of Wyoming law professor Mark Squillace is cleared of charges that his work with environmental groups misused university facilities.
Denver vs. the West
Rising fares at Denver International Airport are changing the patterns of air travel around the West, as some airlines pull out and passengers seek other airports.
My kingdom is a horse
The writer considers how hard it is to love the earth or anything else in the abstract, as opposed to the particular and familiar, and reminisces about getting to know a horse when he was a child.
Heard around the West
Rodeo safety vests, buffalo in bar, intergalactic tourism, ladies' left-arm wrestling, Helen Chenoweth's staff problems, computer organizing for wilderness, killer bees.
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