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.
Prison payrolls come with big hooks
The writer ponders the kinds of communities new prisons create, and offers suggestions to ease the impacts.
A 22,000-square-foot castle is not a home
The writer muses about monster homes compared with log cabins.
Endless opportunities for solitude
The writer offers a loving tribute to the lonely roads of the Great Basin.
The Subdivision Massacre: Part II
Richard Knight releases a video titled "Saving the West: Protecting Open Space."
Rural monster homes may not fly
A proposed new rural-remote zoning law in Colorado's Pitkin County, designed to prevent the growth of "monster homes," faces fierce opposition from some local landowners such as Betty LaMont.
Mount Graham time line
A time line illustrates the history of Mount Graham and its squirrels, Apaches, astronomers and environmentalists.
Sound-bite slogans distort a complicated reality
Mount Graham has spawned such extremism that middle ground is almost impossible to find.
The university aimed for the stars and hit Mount Graham
The saga of Mount Graham demonstrates that the University of Arizona's shortcuts, questionable tactics and attempts to get around the law are ultimately responsible for creating an impossible situation.
The straight arrow
Former University of Arizona professor and one-time BLM head Frank Gregg believes the Mount Graham controversy shows a flaw at the heart of all universities when it comes to research and money.
The petitioning ecologist
University of Arizona Ph.D. candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology Mark Fishbein explains his objections to the Mount Graham project.
The biogladiator
Biologist Peter Warshall is the University of Arizona faculty's most outspoken critic of the project.
The diplomat ecologist
University of Arizona professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Conrad Istock believes an observatory may help save Mount Graham.
The Apache activist
San Carlos Apache activist Ola Cassadore Davis talks about Mount Graham's sacredness and the coalition she founded to fight for it.
The administrator
University of Arizona vice president for research and graduate studies Michael Cusanovich defends the university's Mount Graham project.
Making a mountain into a starbase
The University of Arizona's determination to build a world-class observatory on Mount Graham creates a storm of controversy involving an endangered red squirrel and an Indian tribe's desire to protect the mountain as a sacred place.
Lettie Hellman
Delta County resident Lettie Hellman is a proponent of prisons for economic growth and other reasons.
A small mountain town shows prisons can be good neighbors
The prisons in Colorado's Fremont County have brought more benefits than problems, many claim.
Crime is big business, on both sides of thelaw
Prisons are a major growth industry in the rural West.
Poor, rural places are magnets for prisons
Most new prisons are being built in economically troubled rural areas.
Colorado's prison slayer
Small businessman Tom Huerkamp fights the building of prisons in the rural West and looks for other ways to generate an economy.
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