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The winnowing of winter
The winnowing of winter
As the climate crisis worsens, what will happen to snow?
The nation’s last uranium mill plans to import Estonia’s radioactive waste
The nation’s last uranium mill plans to import Estonia’s radioactive waste
Utah says the White Mesa Mill isn’t contaminating groundwater, but its neighbor, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, disagrees.
Where do public lands factor into the homelessness crisis?
Where do public lands factor into the homelessness crisis?
As the housing crisis in the West deepens, more unhoused people are making a home outside.
The rise of Lisa Murkowski
The rise of Lisa Murkowski
Alaska’s pragmatic senator wants to reshape America’s energy policy.
A displaced California tribe reclaims sacred land
A displaced California tribe reclaims sacred land
The Mountain Maidu return to their valley, but the work of reclamation never ends.
Claustrophilia: Do wide-open lands bring us closer together?
Claustrophilia: Do wide-open lands bring us closer together?
A writer finds that Colorado small-town life and Mongolian mishaps strengthen her human connections.
Unlocking the mystery of the Four Corners Methane Hot Spot
Unlocking the mystery of the Four Corners Methane Hot Spot
Scientists zero in on the culprits behind a giant plume of greenhouse gases.
The Endangered Species Act’s biggest experiment
The Endangered Species Act’s biggest experiment
Will an unprecedented collaborative effort and lots of tax dollars be enough to finally save sage grouse?
As wildfires get bigger, is there any way to be ready?
As wildfires get bigger, is there any way to be ready?
After one record-setting wildfire, a Washington county prepares for more.
Illegal bike trails and a Forest Service crackdown divide a town
Illegal bike trails and a Forest Service crackdown divide a town
A biking boom in Sedona, Arizona, forces locals to ask: Is there room for all these people?
Can human judgment handle avalanches?
Can human judgment handle avalanches?
We’re better than ever at understanding the dangers of avalanches. So why can’t we avoid them?
Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust
Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust
Forget the hype. In the global rush for energy-critical elements, our region can't compete.
Genetic research lays foundation for bold conservation strategies
Genetic research lays foundation for bold conservation strategies
To save the greatest number of species, should we focus on the most common?
John Podesta: Legacy maker
John Podesta: Legacy maker
This Washington insider’s ‘hidden hand’ has guided the environmental achievements of presidents for two decades.
The Los Angeles wetland wars
The Los Angeles wetland wars
Environmentalists saved a wetland from developers a decade ago. Now they’re trying to save it from each other.
A defender of North Dakota's badlands wonders if it's time to leave
A defender of North Dakota's badlands wonders if it's time to leave
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is not immune to effects of the Bakken oil boom.
Children in Alaska’s wild country
Children in Alaska’s wild country
As parents, we watch our kids walk into vast new worlds — like it or not.
The West in 72 hours
The West in 72 hours
Asian tourists look for space, spectacles and a decent bowl of noodles.
Lessons from boom and bust in New Mexico
Lessons from boom and bust in New Mexico
What we can learn from the oil and gas roller coaster ride in Farmington and beyond.
The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
Las Vegas’ Pat Mulroy initiated an era of deal-making that may buffer against catastrophic drought.
Chainsaw diplomacy
Chainsaw diplomacy
In southern Utah’s Escalante watershed, a river restoration group tries to cut through old cultural barriers.
Private property blocks access to public lands
Private property blocks access to public lands
Public lands belong to everyone. But private landowners can make it hard to get to them.
The unusual occupation at Utah’s Book Cliffs
The unusual occupation at Utah’s Book Cliffs
They’re burning mad about climate change. Are you?
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