Economy

Native-owned financial institutions battle credit deserts
Native-owned financial institutions battle credit deserts
In rural areas without access to banking, tribal enterprises are helping fill gaps.
The country’s cheapest water is in the West’s driest cities
The country’s cheapest water is in the West’s driest cities
By charging more for nonessential gallons, cities could keep water affordable for everyone.
Wildfires don’t hurt hot real estate markets
Wildfires don’t hurt hot real estate markets
Our love for nature causes more homes to be built in the path of destructive wildfires and leads to more blazes.
Southwestern utilities back down from rooftop solar fight
Southwestern utilities back down from rooftop solar fight
Public support for rooftop solar has led to more moderate positions.
California prepares for war over emission rules
California prepares for war over emission rules
What’s at stake as Trump administration takes aim at the state’s tailpipe regulations.
Cowboys with surfboards
Cowboys with surfboards
How Hanalei, Hawaii, reflects small Western towns.
Across party lines, Western governors see a partner in Pruitt
Across party lines, Western governors see a partner in Pruitt
A bipartisan group couldn’t get what they wanted from the old EPA.
When crossing the border is your daily commute
When crossing the border is your daily commute
A day in the life of agricultural laborers whose work and lives straddle the Arizona-Mexican border.
Outdoor rec industry defends public lands
Outdoor rec industry defends public lands
Utah’s delegation tries to roll back protections, riling a conservation-minded outdoors cohort.
Ranch owner builds in the path of pronghorn migration
Ranch owner builds in the path of pronghorn migration
It’s not clear if the new building could interfere with the animal’s long-distance travels.
Ski areas add warm-weather options
Ski areas add warm-weather options
Forest Service has made it easier for resorts to include summer activities.
U.S. House changes its rules to ease federal land transfers
U.S. House changes its rules to ease federal land transfers
The Western movement to transfer federal lands scores an early victory in the new Congress.
What to do if you’re angry about ‘our new corporate overlords’
What to do if you’re angry about ‘our new corporate overlords’
Regard your wallet as your daily voting booth.
Obama’s lasting legacies in the West
Obama’s lasting legacies in the West
Under the 44th president, the West re-examined its relationship to energy and the climate.
‘New Mexico’s DAPL’ is dead
‘New Mexico’s DAPL’ is dead
The pipeline would have carried crude oil drilled around Chaco Culture National Historic Park.
How to keep independent bookstores alive
How to keep independent bookstores alive
We need bookstores that answer only to their communities.
The twisted economics of the Dakota Access Pipeline
The twisted economics of the Dakota Access Pipeline
It’s not about energy independence or even climate change. It’s all about profit.
Plans falter for West Coast coal terminals
Plans falter for West Coast coal terminals
Coal companies look to Asia, but face port challenges.
Pipeline protesters seek refuge from the cold
Pipeline protesters seek refuge from the cold
A dispatch from Prairie Knights Casino, now an outpost of the Standing Rock protests.
The companies behind DAPL don’t think they’ve lost
The companies behind DAPL don’t think they’ve lost
They “fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting.”
The other land transfer effort
The other land transfer effort
After more than a century, some Western states receive school trust lands.
How to fix exclusive resort towns
How to fix exclusive resort towns
It’s time to rethink urbanization in mountain communities.
Alaska’s gas pipeline dreams
Alaska’s gas pipeline dreams
A decades-long plan to deliver the state’s gas reserves to the market remains in purgatory.
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