Editor's note

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.
Calling for a crackdown on polygamous crime
Calling for a crackdown on polygamous crime
Crimes committed by a fundamentalist sect on the Utah-Arizona border needs to be seriously investigated by both the Mormon Church and those states.
What's the best place for Big Solar?
What's the best place for Big Solar?
Environmentalists have been too busy squabbling over proposed solar plants to pay much attention to one of the most promising sites: Gila Bend, Ariz.
The delights of urban wilderness
The sometimes-scruffy remnants of woodland that edge our urban neighborhoods have psychological as well as ecological value.
Mexico’s conservationists keep fighting the good fight
Mexico’s conservationists keep fighting the good fight
Despite a constant lack of money and the threat of drug-cartel violence, dedicated border conservationists work to preserve the landscape they love.
When a boom is not a boon
When a boom is not a boon
In North Dakota, the Three Affiliated Tribes are trying to cope with both the benefits and the unexpected problems brought by the Bakken oil rush.
Colorado water diversions, urban and rural
Colorado water diversions, urban and rural
Colorado's Front Range and Western Slope communities and farms have always wrangled over the water produced high in the Rocky Mountains.
The paradox of the housing boom and bust
The paradox of the housing boom and bust
Outside Delta, Colo sits yet another rural subdivision that was never completed -- a sign of the West's housing bust and of the difficulty of regulating rural growth.
Have we learned anything from the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords?
Have we learned anything from the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords?
The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others needs to be seen in the cultural and political context of life in modern Arizona.
Can animals evolve quickly enough to survive global warming?
Can animals evolve quickly enough to survive global warming?
What can rapid evolution in response to climate change teach us about managing nature?
Billboard corporations and other big industries make their own rules
Billboard corporations and other big industries make their own rules
Burning down billboards isn't a good idea, but can a citizen fight the corporate power behind the big signs?
Animal migration occurs all around us and yet remains a mystery
Animal migration occurs all around us and yet remains a mystery
Sandhill cranes and pronghorn antelope are among the many creatures that make long and arduous seasonal migrations across the West.
Environmentalists may have to take what they can get
Environmentalists may have to take what they can get
Obama isn't the fierce environmental leader many hoped for, but some good things are happening despite right-wing opposition and the ongoing recession.
Aspiring farmers find creative ways to succeed
Aspiring farmers find creative ways to succeed
Sarahlee Lawrence and Amy Ridout are part of a wave of young farmers determined to remake the American food system.
Why do people yearn to possess wolves and other wild animals?
Why do people yearn to possess wolves and other wild animals?
Human beings seem to have an insatiable desire to own or at least manipulate wild animals.
Western scientists study the past to predict the future
Scientists are digging into the past of the West to try to understand what the future may bring.
Management by mega-fire
It’s a basic fact of Western life that fire rarely behaves the way we want it to.
Hope and redemption
Hope and redemption
The story of the West is a story of the quest for redemption - not just for individuals, but for an entire landscape.
Calling all science nerds
Calling all science nerds
Across the country, "citizen scientist" volunteers help professional researchers by gathering data on wildlife species, from moose to hummingbirds.
Relying on Navajo guides
Relying on Navajo guides
In this issue's feature story, reporter Marilyn Berlin Snell turns to Navajo guides to understand the challenges facing today's tribal government.
Economies of vice
Economies of vice
If marijuana becomes fully legal and taxable, it won't be the first time authorities have learned that it's easier - and more profitable - to manage vice than to try to eliminate it.