Growth & Sustainability

Utah has a water dilemma
Utah has a water dilemma
Record-breaking drought along the Wasatch Front forces tough decisions about water supply.
7 statistics that illuminate the housing crisis
7 statistics that illuminate the housing crisis
Headwaters Economics shines a light on record-breaking costs in the West.
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.
An end to old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass?
An end to old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass?
Does a Forest Service plan to end clear-cuts of old stands go far enough?
‘These big dreams to have everyone prosper’
‘These big dreams to have everyone prosper’
A conversation with Renae Yellowhorse about the proposal to build a tram to the Colorado River.
Will a twice-burned county change its ways?
Will a twice-burned county change its ways?
Don’t count on wildfires to alter how counties plan development in fire-prone zones.
Photos: Diving for delicacies
Photos: Diving for delicacies
One man braves frigid Alaskan seas to harvest sea cucumbers.
Getting over the ‘taboo’ in a gun-rights conversation
Getting over the ‘taboo’ in a gun-rights conversation
In Montana, the gap between gun rights supporters and opponents begins to shrink.
A rural school shrinks—but grows its digital toolkit
A rural school shrinks—but grows its digital toolkit
How educators brought internet access to New Mexican youth.
When truancy laws don’t work
When truancy laws don’t work
A New Mexico principal ponders a tougher approach to keep frequently absent students in school.
Wildfires spark where growth is sprawling
Wildfires spark where growth is sprawling
Nationally, nearly a third of homes built since 2000 are in wildland areas.
What the Clean Power Plan means for you
What the Clean Power Plan means for you
The U.S. Court of Appeals will hear arguments on the federal carbon plan in the coming weeks.
Where the Clean Power Plan will have the most impact
Where the Clean Power Plan will have the most impact
The federal rule would intensify an existing trend toward clean energy.
Burner of Land Management
Burner of Land Management
It takes year-round planning to host 70,000 people in one of the planet’s harshest environments.
Sometimes a place
Sometimes a place
A family’s journey from the San Luis Valley to Denver, in illustrations.
Washington state implements rule to combat climate change
Washington state implements rule to combat climate change
State Department of Ecology unveils initiative to cap and reduce the carbon pollution.
Can a Montana community run its own forest?
Can a Montana community run its own forest?
Local citizens collaborate to restore, protect, and utilize Alvord Lake.
New Mexican farmers struggle to stay on the land
New Mexican farmers struggle to stay on the land
Can a tax break keep New Mexico’s struggling farmers from selling out?
How to feed the masses in small-town America
How to feed the masses in small-town America
New business models bring food to towns too small for big box stores.
What hospital closures mean for rural California
What hospital closures mean for rural California
The very economic decline that contributed to their closure is likely to be worsened by their disappearance.
The NASA scientist keeping an eye on California’s drought
The NASA scientist keeping an eye on California’s drought
Senior scientist Jay Famiglietti’s research looks at the West and the world’s dwindling water resources.
Wildfire rips through California’s windy Cajon Pass
Wildfire rips through California’s windy Cajon Pass
Under potentially ‘new normal’ fire conditions, 80,000 people have been evacuated.
How to share a dammed river
How to share a dammed river
Boaters are joining wildlife advocates, farmers and power companies to parcel out each cubic foot of Western rivers.
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