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Fires are indiscriminate. Recovery isn’t.
Fires are indiscriminate. Recovery isn’t.
The disparate timeframes of rebuilding in California’s wine country and its poorest county, shown by data.
How recreation boosts the economy
How recreation boosts the economy
From travelers to new residents, outdoor enthusiasts make an impact on the West’s bottom lines.
Where the news is drying up — and where it’s not
Where the news is drying up — and where it’s not
Rural areas can be hit hardest, but many small-town papers persevere.
Researchers track Colorado cougars
Researchers track Colorado cougars
The state’s Parks and Wildlife department is studying how the big cats live in the state’s urbanized Front Range in hopes of helping people coexist with them.
Philip Anschutz’s outsized reach in the West
Philip Anschutz’s outsized reach in the West
The billionaire has stakes in everything from Western art, railroads and petroleum to renewable energy, national parks, stadiums and Justin Bieber.
Agriculture and water use in the San Luis Valley
Agriculture and water use in the San Luis Valley
A map showing subdistrict one and water use in the area over time.
Mine cleanup for dummies: A flowchart
Most Western states are giving less money to higher ed
A sampling of northwestern British Columbian mine sites and endangered rivers
Flood insurance lawsuits against FEMA in Western states
Wildlife of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska
Wildlife of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska
A map showing where wildlife are in the reserve.
The environmentalists' whitebark pine air force
Oceanic calcium carbonate saturation levels
Oceanic calcium carbonate saturation levels
Lower oceanic pH levels make it more difficult for sea creatures to build shells
A new measure of poverty shifts rankings in the West
A new measure of poverty shifts rankings in the West
When determining who is poor, the Census Bureau takes geography into account in its Supplemental Poverty Measure.
U.S. water use, current and projected
U.S. water use, current and projected
Graphs displaying water use by category.
Property boundaries of Pope Resources and S'Klallam Reservation
Property boundaries of Pope Resources and S'Klallam Reservation
A map delineating property ownership of timber company and tribe.
Resistant weeds through history
Resistant weeds through history
A timeline of genetic modification from the 1950s onward.
Coal production and employment in two regions
Annual share of fossil fuel-fired electric power generation, 1950-2012
Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire
The West's BLM Herd Areas and Herd Management Areas
The West's BLM Herd Areas and Herd Management Areas
Over time, the agency has shrunken areas it manages specifically for wild horses
Western economies at a glance
Western economies at a glance
How the Western states are doing in various economic indicators
The West's super PAC megadonors
The West's super PAC megadonors
A few wealthy Westerners (and others) are attempting to influence elections via personal checks to super PACs and their more secretive counterparts, 501(c)(4)s.
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