Mountain West

A little fish that’s mighty as a mountain
A little fish that’s mighty as a mountain
Pupfish Peak in Nevada’s Amargosa Valley is named for the endangered Devils Hole pupfish.
Where the Great American Outdoors Act stands now
Where the Great American Outdoors Act stands now
After passing with bipartisan support in August, the conservation law hits stumbling blocks. Here’s what may happen next.
Wilderness rescuers brace for a busy winter
Wilderness rescuers brace for a busy winter
Snow is on the way — and amid COVID-19, recovery missions are on the rise.
Hunting for myself in the high Montana sagebrush
Hunting for myself in the high Montana sagebrush
A hunter celebrates a new vision of queerness and rural culture.
Now that you’ve gone West, young man
Now that you’ve gone West, young man
Toward unlearning Manifest Destiny.
Can grazing help Oregon’s largest private nature preserve?
Can grazing help Oregon’s largest private nature preserve?
Scientists and ranchers team up to determine if cattle can preserve biodiversity and support economies on a treasured prairie.
Utah housing advocates take on a cost crisis made worse by COVID-19
Utah housing advocates take on a cost crisis made worse by COVID-19
A new fund aims to acquire properties and maintain them at affordable rents.
Will a new copper mine risk Montana’s Smith River?
Will a new copper mine risk Montana’s Smith River?
A group of conservation organizations have challenged the mine’s operating permit in court.
Utah and New Mexico lead the Mountain West in COVID-19 testing
Utah and New Mexico lead the Mountain West in COVID-19 testing
Testing czars and local laboratories allowed the states to be more aggressive with testing.
In their words: How Westerners are weathering the pandemic
In their words: How Westerners are weathering the pandemic
From feeling hopeful to anxious to resilient, people across the West offer a look into their communities.
Skiing and snowmobiling are as natural as the weather
Skiing and snowmobiling are as natural as the weather
With human impacts felt everywhere, we need a new environmental ethic.
As Spokane grows, is it leaving low-income renters outside?
As Spokane grows, is it leaving low-income renters outside?
Proposals to protect tenants and reduce homelessness lack political support.
Spokane vs. the Border Patrol
Spokane vs. the Border Patrol
How immigration agents stake out a city bus station.
Una comunidad indígena de México encuentra su hogar en los campos de Colorado
Una comunidad indígena de México encuentra su hogar en los campos de Colorado
La cultura, las costumbres y las personas están cruzando las fronteras y alimentando dos economías.
What about the rails?
What about the rails?
A recent Amtrak journey conjures visions of functional rail transportation in the U.S.
Hiking trails are a path to destruction for Colorado elk
Hiking trails are a path to destruction for Colorado elk
Recreationalists in Vail are having a devastating impact on the local herd.
The regime of glaciers is headed to its end
The regime of glaciers is headed to its end
For 35 years, a team of scientists has studied the decline of glaciers. What does their loss mean?
One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado
One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado
The challenges and possibilities of water buffalo ranching in the Roaring Fork Valley.
A wild winter threatens summer profits in Colorado’s high country
A wild winter threatens summer profits in Colorado’s high country
The potential for a cascade of water may slow the flow of tourists to Lake City.
Should we be thinking about last ascents, instead of first ones?
Should we be thinking about last ascents, instead of first ones?
Mountaineers confront disappearing glaciers.
The Blackfeet Nation is opening its own national park
The Blackfeet Nation is opening its own national park
Members of the Blackfeet Nation want tourists to understand how the story of Glacier National Park is really the story of their nation.
The disease devastating deer herds may also threaten human health
The disease devastating deer herds may also threaten human health
Scientists are exploring the origins of chronic wasting disease before it becomes truly catastrophic.
An Indigenous Mexican community finds a home in rural Colorado
An Indigenous Mexican community finds a home in rural Colorado
Culture, traditions and people are moving across borders, powering two economies.
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