Editor's Note

Road trips and the importance of reflection
Road trips and the importance of reflection
In New Mexico, tourism illuminates a violent atomic past and threatens a religious sanctuary.
Question the myths that shape America
Question the myths that shape America
And remember that what your teachers told you is likely wrong.
The persistent trampling of the West
The persistent trampling of the West
Environmental laws are one way to force people to consider their actions.
Why we’re building coverage by, from and for Indigenous audiences
Why we’re building coverage by, from and for Indigenous audiences
A few words on HCN’s award-winning coverage of Native America.
The West is large enough to host contradictions
The West is large enough to host contradictions
Embrace incongruity, both domesticated and the wonderfully wild.
Making sense of the West
Making sense of the West
Why we’ve expanded our coverage beyond environmental issues.
The ecological danger of ethical impoverishment
The ecological danger of ethical impoverishment
The West is facing challenges that won’t be solved without moral considerations.
Journalism is rooted in Indigenous communities
Journalism is rooted in Indigenous communities
From codices to calendars, storytelling has been part of Indigenous life since time immemorial.
What is stopping climate action?
What is stopping climate action?
We’ve become the agents of our own undoing.
Journalists need defense, not derision
Journalists need defense, not derision
The U.S. media is taking a beating, even as it struggles to survive.
Nuclear’s long odds
Nuclear’s long odds
Climate change is here, but nuclear power as a solution faces economical and historical challenges.
We must face the ecological realities of the world we’re creating
We must face the ecological realities of the world we’re creating
There is no separating us from the place we live.
The persistence of place in Western writing
The persistence of place in Western writing
Authors find inspiration in the land, no matter its state.
Can two quintessential Western booms co-exist?
Can two quintessential Western booms co-exist?
The friction between Colorado’s growing population and gas-drilling infrastructure remains explosive, sometimes literally.
Meanwhile, the West is in jeopardy
Meanwhile, the West is in jeopardy
Amid political and cultural tumult, we are unprepared for the new reality of climate change.
In a desolate place, will a modern pioneer last?
In a desolate place, will a modern pioneer last?
There are many ways a determined outsider can transform a place.
When a lie is a lie
When a lie is a lie
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is trying to incite fear and hate, rather than solve complex problems.
The myth of American progress
The myth of American progress
The West may not represent progress, but it does represent constant flux.
The desert in our dreams of empire
The desert in our dreams of empire
Flood and drought have shaped the West, and humans are often unprepared.
The political power of the cowboy
The political power of the cowboy
Oregon struggles with the reintroduction of wolves into lands where they have long been hated and hunted.
Rural communities look at new ways to fortify mental health
Rural communities look at new ways to fortify mental health
A dearth of professional help leaves small-town residents seeking help from one another.
Rural Oregon has a weedy mess on its hands
Rural Oregon has a weedy mess on its hands
On GMO and seed misdeeds, has the punishment fit the crime?
Indian law and injustice
Indian law and injustice
The number of Indigenous lawyers is growing, after a long history of courts denying rights to American Indians.
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