Editor's Note

The West needs more effective political coverage
The West needs more effective political coverage
Retrospective storytelling captures the nuance of our systems to better inform us as we enter election season.
Poor oversight comes back to haunt us
Poor oversight comes back to haunt us
Two investigations reveal federal agencies are too lax on bad actors.
The West is the stories we tell
The West is the stories we tell
To truly know a place, seek out its hidden histories.
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.
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.
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