Editor's Note

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.
To truly understand the West, peek beyond the beautiful scenery
To truly understand the West, peek beyond the beautiful scenery
The complex layers of history that underlie our region include both ugliness and beauty.
A hard look at outdoor rec’s influence — and cost
A hard look at outdoor rec’s influence — and cost
The outdoor industry fills a unique role in the West as a political force and as an entity getting more people outside.
Wild country
Wild country
Western mythology still holds tremendous sway.
Standing Rock and accountability
Standing Rock and accountability
Standing Rock echoed violence of the past and, for many people, awoke desire for atonement.
Small towns look for a road forward, paved with fiber-optic
Small towns look for a road forward, paved with fiber-optic
A group of New Mexico newsrooms examines the future of broadband access in rural communities.
The Borderlands make America great
The Borderlands make America great
It will cost us to make the divisions greater.
A long tradition of oppression and perserverence
A long tradition of oppression and perserverence
From the Bundys to #NoDAPL, protest movements in the West thrive.
Our political decisions have Earth-wide implications
Our political decisions have Earth-wide implications
The facts are in. Now we have to decide what to do about them.
Marginalized and houseless in the West
The movements produced by rural white scorn
The movements produced by rural white scorn
From the Bundys to the State of Jefferson, resentment from disempowered white communities is growing.
Examining the disparity of urban and rural growth
Examining the disparity of urban and rural growth
A new project taps into how rural Montana is grappling with its uncertain future.
Understanding humans’ place in the ecosystem
Understanding humans’ place in the ecosystem
Where wildness reigns, humans give up their dominant roles.
We need a better social contract with wildfire
We need a better social contract with wildfire
The 2017 fire season has made it clear our current policies don’t work.
How do states treat the lands they own?
How do states treat the lands they own?
An investigation into state land management, to better understand what’s at stake in federal land transfers.
Solace and perspective in writings about the West
Solace and perspective in writings about the West
Western authors offer different lenses through which to understand our region.
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