Communities

A Western town says ‘no’ to guns in schools
A Western town says ‘no’ to guns in schools
School shootings raise a question that once seemed settled in Mancos, Colorado.
A celebration of equality and of the land
A celebration of equality and of the land
At a Wyoming wedding, a musician ponders the big questions of life.
West Obsessed: An Indigenous family’s struggle for housing
West Obsessed: An Indigenous family’s struggle for housing
Writer Julian Brave NoiseCat discusses the experience of the Waukazoo family.
How states generate money from the land they own
How states generate money from the land they own
From Arizona to Oregon, states have different tactics to make money off their state trust lands.
Advice from Moab’s mayor: Be careful what you wish for
Advice from Moab’s mayor: Be careful what you wish for
As his final term ends, Dave Sakrison weighs the cost of decades of transformation.
Paiute Tribe elders navigate a faltering health care system
Paiute Tribe elders navigate a faltering health care system
As federal funding dwindles, remote Nevada tribes struggle for access.
California, state of hate
California, state of hate
A rise in hate crimes through the eyes of a former white nationalist.
Keystone XL Pipeline gets a step closer to completion
Keystone XL Pipeline gets a step closer to completion
An already-built section of the pipeline spilled 210,000 gallons of oil last week.
Katie Lee, champion of the Glen Canyon, remembered
Katie Lee, champion of the Glen Canyon, remembered
Craig Childs recalls the fearless conservationist who loved an undammed river.
The Kumeyaay poet who’s disrupting nature poetry
The Kumeyaay poet who’s disrupting nature poetry
Tommy Pico merges natural and personal history of the arid West from Brooklyn, New York.
The West, when women are telling the story
The West, when women are telling the story
Do women write differently about wilderness?
How to know what we don’t know about natural disasters
How to know what we don’t know about natural disasters
A new book foretells America’s next devastating earthquake.
In line at the Great Wall
In line at the Great Wall
A short story imagines a future where anti-immigrant sentiment is enshrined in a border wall.
A fictional Gilead in the Northwest
A fictional Gilead in the Northwest
Two authors imagine societies with draconian policies against women.
Memories of the ‘goddess of Glen Canyon’
Memories of the ‘goddess of Glen Canyon’
Our readers share their thoughts and encounters of Western icon, Katie Lee.
Share your memories of the iconic Katie Lee
Share your memories of the iconic Katie Lee
The Western author and activist died this week. Tell us what she meant to you.
What could be lost in a push for mining in monuments
What could be lost in a push for mining in monuments
In Grand Staircase-Escalante, coal and fossils lie side by side.
Raton tries to rise again
Raton tries to rise again
A former coal mining town takes measured approach to economic recovery.
A vision for the Navajo Nation in one farm’s sustainability
A vision for the Navajo Nation in one farm’s sustainability
Local businesses keep jobs and money circulating within their communities.
Navajo small businesses help stabilize booms and busts
Navajo small businesses help stabilize booms and busts
To build a sustained community, the Navajo Nation experiments with entrepreneurs.
The Park Service needs to do more to connect
The Park Service needs to do more to connect
The agency has worked so hard to attract white, outdoorsy men that it has trouble going further.
Dear progressives, don’t give up on the small-town West
Dear progressives, don’t give up on the small-town West
Political advice from a Democrat who ran and lost his own campaign for mayor.
From ‘hallway’ to artery, a town rebuilds Main Street
From ‘hallway’ to artery, a town rebuilds Main Street
Booms and busts withered Farmington, New Mexico, but new initiatives could revitalize it.