Military

Bullock, Daines and Montana’s growing pains
Bullock, Daines and Montana’s growing pains
In a critical Senate race, the two Steves lay claim to the “Montana way of life.”
Inhospitable, remote and compelling: The island swallowed by nowhere
Inhospitable, remote and compelling: The island swallowed by nowhere
Alaska’s St. Matthew Island has had its share of human visitors, but none can remain long.
Federal boots on city streets
Federal boots on city streets
With Congress gridlocked and courts restrained, public opinion confronts authoritarian tactics.
A military proposal to use more public lands riles locals in Washington
A military proposal to use more public lands riles locals in Washington
Residents worry about helicopters landing regularly near trails, campgrounds and wildlife.
Military and enviros align in Arizona’s public lands debate
Military and enviros align in Arizona’s public lands debate
Demand for housing, recreation and energy development means military bases could lose essential buffer land.
Reflections on the atomic blast test in Nevada
Reflections on the atomic blast test in Nevada
How the “typical American family” fared in “Doom Town,” 1953.
A wanderer’s guide to Western public lands
A wanderer’s guide to Western public lands
Cow patties, extraterrestrials and binoculars can help you figure out where you are.
Wilderness as therapist
Wilderness as therapist
A growing number of veterans and researchers are racing to understand nature’s power to heal.
For public lands, massive protections in defense bill
For public lands, massive protections in defense bill
But not all conservation groups think the gains are worth the losses.
Mission Ready for Climate Change
Mission Ready for Climate Change
Five things the West can learn from the military about climate adaptation.
The Latest: Southern Colorado protected from proposed Army base expansion
The Latest: Southern Colorado protected from proposed Army base expansion
Now, Fort Carson can't be enlarged without Congressional approval.
Accidental Wilderness
Accidental Wilderness
Washington's Hanford Site and New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range both hold deadly nuclear contamination – along with unspoiled landscapes rich in wildlife.
3:10 to Baghdad
In the desert outside of Yuma, Ariz., the United States military prepares for overseas combat.
The legacy of the 10th Mountain men
Peter Shelton spends a day skiing and reminiscing with the veterans of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.
Bombing away in Socorro, New Mexico
Paul Krza says Socorro, N.M., is being stressed to its limits by the constant booms and bangs of nearby bomb-testing.
How many nuclear bombs do we need?
Laura Paskus meets a woman who survived Hiroshima and now works as an anti-nuclear activist.
Eminent domain’s poster children
Eminent domain’s poster children
Ranchers in southeastern Colorado are fighting the Army, which wants to expand its Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site.
UnGuarded
The National Guard is suffering at home as equipment – and troops – go off to Iraq
Commemorating the Vietnam War in northern New Mexico
The writer thinks of reconciliation as he describes commemorative activities to come in northern New Mexico and a visit he made a year ago to Vietnam
Bomb test stirs up fear in Nevada desert
"Divine Strake" — a proposed weapons detonation at the Nevada Test Site – has stirred up fears of radioactive contamination and the possibility of a new nuclear arms race
A very brief conversation with a Jet Fighter
A long solitary hike through an empty, pristine desert is interrupted by a close encounter with an F-16 fighter plane
Western military bases still reporting for duty
Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico and Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota narrowly escape being shut down by the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission
Military Base Closures in the West
Chart of military base closures in the West
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