Communities

The threat to Colorado’s acequias and the communities that depend on them
The threat to Colorado’s acequias and the communities that depend on them
In the San Luis Valley, the communal and egalitarian resource offers a way of life.
The hunt for critical minerals in Colorado raises critical questions
The hunt for critical minerals in Colorado raises critical questions
When Earth MRI began surveying, residents grew concerned about the prospect of mining.
Alaska Native villages band together to keep the Yukon River’s wild salmon afloat
Alaska Native villages band together to keep the Yukon River’s wild salmon afloat
‘As a unified voice, we are unstoppable — and we can manage the river better.’
Plucky 'Batman and Robin' make an airport their case
Retired engineers Paul Earle and Jim Buck are two of DIA's most persistent critics.
Ambition becomes a megamess
The history of Denver International Airport, like that of other Western megaprojects, is the history of a megamess.
The West sings the Denver airport blues
Denver International Airport may become a giant boondoggle.
Developer paralyzes Jackson's new plan
Developer Jere Bishop stymies Jackson's new zoning master plan.
Don't dump on tourists
Some planning experts blame "real estate community" for corrupting small towns.
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.
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