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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.
Is nuclear energy the key to saving the planet?
Is nuclear energy the key to saving the planet?
A new generation of environmentalists is learning to stop worrying and love atomic power.
Native-owned financial institutions battle credit deserts
Native-owned financial institutions battle credit deserts
In rural areas without access to banking, tribal enterprises are helping fill gaps.
Land transfer battles rage on, county by county
Land transfer battles rage on, county by county
The American Lands Council supports local control but keeps its list of member counties secret.
By the numbers: Western coal mine layoffs
By the numbers: Western coal mine layoffs
Coal mines are scaling back and shutting down — and jobs are disappearing.
Federal-lands ranching: A half-century of decline
Federal-lands ranching: A half-century of decline
How grazing fell from its Western pedestal — and fueled Sagebrush Rebellion.
Tracing the West’s heroin highways
Tracing the West’s heroin highways
Illicit drugs move through this region at farther distances and greater speeds.
What the West’s trees tell us
What the West’s trees tell us
How can biomass and carbon data help us mitigate the effects of human activity?
A Gold King Mine Timeline
A Gold King Mine Timeline
A tangled history of profit, tragedy and unfulfilled dreams.
Pain pill addiction has helped precipitate a rise in heroin abuse West-wide
Pain pill addiction has helped precipitate a rise in heroin abuse West-wide
Near Sacramento, California, nearly a dozen people died from opioids in recent weeks.
National parks: Where we go and where we don’t
National parks: Where we go and where we don’t
Much of the Park Service’s land in the West is poorly visited and little-known.
Bishop’s ‘Grand Bargain’ in Utah is no deal, say enviros
Bishop’s ‘Grand Bargain’ in Utah is no deal, say enviros
The much-anticipated land-use plan has ramped up the tensions it promised to defuse.
Sagebrush Insurgency connections
Sagebrush Insurgency connections
Connecting the dots within a vast right-wing network of militia members, state and local politicians, and others.
Graphic: The hidden connections of the Sagebrush Insurgency
Graphic: The hidden connections of the Sagebrush Insurgency
Where a sprawling network of actors find common cause.
Coal company bankruptcies jeopardize reclamation
Coal company bankruptcies jeopardize reclamation
The public could foot the bill for billions in cleanup costs.
A tale of two BLM mascots
A tale of two BLM mascots
Johnny Horizon and Seymour Antelope show the agency's changing focus.
Pot dollars and range riders
Pot dollars and range riders
News in brief.
Why Westerners die at the hands of cops
Why Westerners die at the hands of cops
Jack Yantis, an Idaho rancher, raised the profile of rural police brutality.
The last stand of the West's fire lookouts
The last stand of the West's fire lookouts
Fire detection is becoming more technologically advanced, as the old-fashioned watchtower goes extinct.
Ending the murrelet malaise
Ending the murrelet malaise
After decades of declines, Washington state finally has a plan to preserve the bird’s habitat.
Could Los Angeles design its way to water independence?
Could Los Angeles design its way to water independence?
A pair of architects are reinvisioning the city's relationship with water, starting with storm runoff.
Coal on the verge of bankruptcy and drilling on sacred land
Mass shootings in Western states, by the numbers
Mass shootings in Western states, by the numbers
In October, a man opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, leaving 10 dead.
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