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Immigrant detention centers grow as services lag behind
Immigrant detention centers grow as services lag behind
The federal government is giving contracts to agencies with checkered pasts and denying legally required aid.
Paranoia and a ‘preposterously’ oversized water tank
Paranoia and a ‘preposterously’ oversized water tank
An affluent Utah community spent millions to extinguish its fear of fire. Decades later, they’re still trying to buy their way out of a bottomless pit.
The West’s worst fires aren’t burning in forests
The West’s worst fires aren’t burning in forests
Range fires get bigger every year, threatening sagebrush habitat and rural towns.
How to prepare for a wildfire
How to prepare for a wildfire
Some basic steps to stay safe if you live near Western wildlands.
In Yosemite, two deaths raise concerns about social media
In Yosemite, two deaths raise concerns about social media
A recent study documented 259 fatalities worldwide caused by people taking selfies.
Guest farmworkers find their voices in Washington state
Guest farmworkers find their voices in Washington state
Will a string of strikes by agriculture’s ‘most vulnerable workers’ end in new common ground or a crackdown?
The rising risks of the West’s latest gas boom
The rising risks of the West’s latest gas boom
An explosion in suburban Colorado raises questions on safety and accountability.
The ascension of Matthew Shepard
The ascension of Matthew Shepard
A painter examines the aftermath of a murder motived by hate, 20 years later.
Latest: Wildfire smoke deaths could double by century’s end
Latest: Wildfire smoke deaths could double by century’s end
New research shows fire-polluted air could kill up to 44,000 people per year by 2100.
As the West burns, a town fields its own amateur firefighters
As the West burns, a town fields its own amateur firefighters
The community of Dufur, Oregon, bands together to douse the flames.
California’s apocalyptic fires are a side effect of modern life
California’s apocalyptic fires are a side effect of modern life
The ‘new normal’ of a year-round wildfire season is a problem of our own making.
Estranged in America
Estranged in America
What happens to a community when its sense of belonging begins to unravel?
Farmworkers face illness and death in the fields
Farmworkers face illness and death in the fields
‘The reality is that the machinery of growers is taken better care of than the lives of farmworkers.’
Truckers take on human trafficking
Truckers take on human trafficking
‘Our idea was to turn a passive audience into a disruptive force.’
Naming the Borderlands’ lost
Naming the Borderlands’ lost
In Arizona, a humanitarian crisis spurs researchers to find new ways of identifying migrant remains.
A strange feeling of safety for a black American
A strange feeling of safety for a black American
Under the gaze of tribal police, a writer finds a new sense of freedom.
To protect a forest, a town agreed to leave it alone
To protect a forest, a town agreed to leave it alone
With wildfires looming, Flagstaff came together to support national forest closures.
What it’s like to fight wildfires in the West
What it’s like to fight wildfires in the West
A photojournalist and firefighter describes the challenges of battling wildland blazes.
Where there’s smoke, there’s suffering
Where there’s smoke, there’s suffering
The small, sad harms of a summer spent indoors to avoid wildfire smoke.
Wildfires hit the West: ‘We’re stretched to our limits’
Wildfires hit the West: ‘We’re stretched to our limits’
Fires this year have covered 1 million more acres than the 10-year average from January to July.
Hunters and anglers need to get the lead out
Hunters and anglers need to get the lead out
Lead ammunition and fishing gear poison ecosystems — and dinner tables.
How a Montana school is combating bullying and suicide
How a Montana school is combating bullying and suicide
An assembly acknowledges elementary students’ pain and teaches them to speak up.
This year’s burn bans are crucial in parched Colorado
This year’s burn bans are crucial in parched Colorado
Another dry summer sparks memories of past wildfires — and worries for the future.
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