Nevada

The two castles of Austin, Nevada
The two castles of Austin, Nevada
Tycoons, turrets and the hidden history of a tiny desert town.
The Elon Musk dilemma
The Elon Musk dilemma
When big thinkers think badly.
The residual power of Ammon Bundy
The residual power of Ammon Bundy
What’s it like when the West’s most notorious anti-government figure comes to your town?
Rantcast: Bringing back the mammoths
Rantcast: Bringing back the mammoths
Mike Branch explores the idea of Pleistocene rewildling, or bringing back the megafauna that roamed North America before humans extinguished them.
Rantcast: Puppy love
Rantcast: Puppy love
Mike Branch gets a new puppy with very few virtues, but as it turns out, he fits perfectly in Silver Hills, Nevada.
Rantcast: Bumper sticker sloganeering
Rantcast: Bumper sticker sloganeering
Michael Branch spinelessly adapts his environmental bumper stickers to fit in when traveling in rural Nevada's sagebrush rebellion country
Rantcast: Sorry, Utah
Rantcast: Sorry, Utah
Ever found balloon detritus when hiking in a pristine wilderness? Michael Branch rants about the airlifted trash he finds in Nevada's high elevation desert, and then decides to dump some of that trash on Utah.
Rantcast: The silence of desert greetings
Rantcast: The silence of desert greetings
Michael Branch muses on Mary Austin, desert loners, and why the inhabitants in his arid part of western Nevada choose to limit their interactions to a few choice syllables. Rants from the Hill are Michael Branch's monthly musings on life in rural Nevada.
Rantcast: The leprechaun trap
Rantcast: The leprechaun trap
Rants from the Hill are Michael Branch's monthly musings on life in rural Nevada. In this Rantcast, Michael Branch muses on holidays and creates a leprechaun trap with his two daughters.
Las Vegas needs to let the market decide where the water goes
Las Vegas needs to let the market decide where the water goes
The only reason Las Vegas has managed to thrive in the scorching desert is that its water is subsidized and its use is disconnected from the real cost.
Balancing act
Balancing act
A look at how Western state governments are managing their budget shortfalls.
High Noon
High Noon
Environmentalists are arguing passionately over large-scale solar development on California's Mojave Desert.
Wilderness, schmilderness
In Nevada, local counties spooked about the prospect of wilderness within their boundaries derail public-lands bills that could actually help their communities.
Power from the underground
Geothermal power heats up in Reno, Nev., as the West begins to pay more attention to its underground energy resources.
Two weeks in the West
Western real estate slump hits suburbs, but developers keep on developing; Marijuana McMansions; copper booming; Logan, Utah, rejects dirty power; Tri-State puts off two coal power plants; animals killed by Wildlife Services
A Western historian and a Western hero
Las Vegas historian, author and community activist Hal Rothman may be dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease, but he’s determined to go on his own terms – with courage, grace and a sense of humor.
Burning money
Wildfire financial data
Wildland acres burned
Western wildland acres burned
Mother Nature rides an ATV
Factory Butte closed to ORVs
One dam down; four in limbo
Oregon’s Chiloquin dam to come down
BLM busted for booting whistleblower
BLM ordered to pay whistleblower Earle Dixon
Will your favorite Forest Service campsite be closed down next summer?
Forest Service may close campgrounds
Some 'canned' elk get uncanned
Game elk escape in Idaho
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