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Building equity into the renewable energy transition
Building equity into the renewable energy transition
Community and labor organizers shape New Mexico’s changing economy.
The stories that resonated with readers in 2021
The stories that resonated with readers in 2021
From climate change to the West’s housing crisis, see the most-read stories from the past year.
The nuance and beauty of the West in 2021
The nuance and beauty of the West in 2021
From the Salton Sea to the Wind River Reservation, here are some of our most memorable photos of the year.
Puget Sound orca pod gains a new member
Puget Sound orca pod gains a new member
If the calf survives, it’ll be the first addition in three years.
Idaho’s new governor: ‘Climate change is real’
Idaho’s new governor: ‘Climate change is real’
Environmentalists hope action will follow new state stance on climate.
Farmers and ranchers lose vital support during shutdown
Farmers and ranchers lose vital support during shutdown
The funding stalemate has halted Department of Agriculture programs that the rural West relies on.
Update: The decline of Western snowpack is real
Update: The decline of Western snowpack is real
Data confirms climate model predictions of less snow that melts earlier in the season.
States and advocates help tackle ‘crisis’ at national parks
States and advocates help tackle ‘crisis’ at national parks
Amid the government shutdown, the Park Service faces trash mounds and lost revenue.
Feds to open most of Arctic refuge coastal plain to drilling
Feds to open most of Arctic refuge coastal plain to drilling
Despite ecological harm, energy development moves forward in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
After natural disasters, workers rebuild — and face exploitation
After natural disasters, workers rebuild — and face exploitation
Immigrant workers and day laborers are especially vulnerable to health risks and wage theft.
Update: New law makes it easier to kill salmon-eating sea lions
Update: New law makes it easier to kill salmon-eating sea lions
In the Columbia River, up to 920 sea lions can be removed each year to protect fish.
Record number of endangered wolves found dead
Record number of endangered wolves found dead
The U.S. recovery program for Mexican gray wolves continues to struggle.
Native Americans are under-reported in opioid overdose data
Native Americans are under-reported in opioid overdose data
Misclassification of race on death certificates underestimated opioid and heroin overdose deaths among Native Americans by 40 percent in Washington state.
Former Bureau of Indian Affairs director engaged in abusive behavior, no action taken
Former Bureau of Indian Affairs director engaged in abusive behavior, no action taken
Bryan Rice’s behavior at the BIA highlights a culture of harassment and inaction.
Ryan Zinke to step down as Interior secretary
Ryan Zinke to step down as Interior secretary
Zinke shrunk national monuments, rolled back sage grouse protections and ramped up drilling.
Senate hears stories of Indian Country’s missing and murdered
Senate hears stories of Indian Country’s missing and murdered
Data gaps, understaffing and lax investigations have deepened the crisis.
What the 2018 farm bill means for the West
What the 2018 farm bill means for the West
Lawmakers see hemp legalization and conservation funding as the big wins.
New Trump administration proposal weakens water protections
New Trump administration proposal weakens water protections
Dramatic changes to the Clean Water Rule will likely affect drinking water for more than one-third of Americans.
Update: Razorback sucker populations are increasing
Update: Razorback sucker populations are increasing
The endangered fish seem to be recovering in the San Juan River.
More plans, less protection for sage grouse
More plans, less protection for sage grouse
A final environmental assessment weakens drilling restrictions on millions of acres.
Extreme heat hits Tucson’s poor neighborhoods hardest
Extreme heat hits Tucson’s poor neighborhoods hardest
Where city efforts fall short, activists try to add shade to the heat-stressed south side.
Settlement forces Oregon to update water pollution permits
Settlement forces Oregon to update water pollution permits
In 2017, the state had the worst backlog of expired permits nationwide.
Update: Court blocks old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
Update: Court blocks old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
Meanwhile, the Trump administration pushes to allow roads and more cutting.
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