Nevada

Western police are geared up for war
Western police are geared up for war
But who’s the enemy?
The West has a role in reimagining the U.S.
The West has a role in reimagining the U.S.
Our notion of ‘American exceptionalism’ has collapsed. What will replace it?
Bureau of Land Management leaders have lost their way
Bureau of Land Management leaders have lost their way
A former state director argues narrow interests have dominated the agency’s direction.
The world of the speed artist
The world of the speed artist
A book review of The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
The Latest: A gold tax in the Silver State?
The Latest: A gold tax in the Silver State?
Voters will decide if Nevada should finally increase the taxes mining companies pay
Parched lives in a parched land: A review of the Ordinary Truth
Parched lives in a parched land: A review of the Ordinary Truth
Jana Richman's novel of a Nevada family divided by conflict over water
Secret getaways of the National Landscape Conservation System
Secret getaways of the National Landscape Conservation System
A desert hiker finds a lot to like in little-known Bureau of Land Management gems.
BLM "ecosanctuaries" unlikely to provide relief for wild horses
BLM "ecosanctuaries" unlikely to provide relief for wild horses
Proposal will cost just as much as long-term storage of captive horses, and can only take a small number of those now stuck on government pastures
Rantcast: Goodbye, listeners
Rantcast: Goodbye, listeners
The Rants from the Hill podcast comes to an end.
Nevada, face down and flailing
Nevada, face down and flailing
Nevada is so broke that ideology has to bend: Taxes have become inevitable.
As goes Nevada, so goes the nation?
As goes Nevada, so goes the nation?
As Nevada sinks deeper into decline, party politics give way to pragmatism.
Rantcast: The desert shoe tree
Rantcast: The desert shoe tree
Michael Branch takes his daughters to a tree near their Nevada home, where people leave shoes telling stories.
One Sagebrush Rebellion flickers out — or does it?
One Sagebrush Rebellion flickers out — or does it?
Wayne Hage's 20-year court battle over ranching on public lands comes to a close, but his son continues to tussle with the feds.
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.
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