Oregon

How a rare butterfly returned
How a rare butterfly returned
The revival of Fender’s blue illustrates the collaborative nature of survival.
How to prevent an anti-government revolution
How to prevent an anti-government revolution
In eastern Oregon, one strategy has proven effective at inoculating communities against extremist ideology.
USFS burn boss arrested after prescribed fire burns private land
USFS burn boss arrested after prescribed fire burns private land
Practitioners fear a chilling effect on future operations.
There are millions of acres of ‘failing’ rangelands, data shows
There are millions of acres of ‘failing’ rangelands, data shows
54 million acres of federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management aren’t meeting the agency’s own land-health standards.
The far-reaching consequences of woodsmoke pollution
The far-reaching consequences of woodsmoke pollution
Wood burning stoves raise public health and environmental justice concerns.
Pacific Coast crabs are suffocating
Pacific Coast crabs are suffocating
Climate change has created dangerously low oxygen levels in the ocean, causing problems for creatures and the communities that rely on them.
The digital world’s real-world impact on the environment
The digital world’s real-world impact on the environment
From data center warehouses to cryptocurrency, technology is another energy hog.
Can a modified invasive trout save the cutthroat?
Can a modified invasive trout save the cutthroat?
To eliminate invasive fish species, scientists have created a ‘Trojan’ brook trout that’s intended to help native fish in the West.
A bump in the road for southern Oregon’s illegal private casino
A bump in the road for southern Oregon’s illegal private casino
Oregon’s horse racing authority acknowledged the Oregon Department of Justice’s opinion, but the Flying Lark isn’t folding just yet.
Portland community leaders bring the heat to building standards
Portland community leaders bring the heat to building standards
An activist collective says making buildings carbon-free is just the start.
Will the EPA partially close a Wyoming coal plant that’s one of the nation’s largest polluters?
Will the EPA partially close a Wyoming coal plant that’s one of the nation’s largest polluters?
The decision affects the local economy and air quality — and could create an opening for renewable energy.
Free bird; lost-and-found bear; cowboy pride
Free bird; lost-and-found bear; cowboy pride
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The dizzying scope of abandoned mine hazards on public lands
The dizzying scope of abandoned mine hazards on public lands
As many as 500,000 abandoned mine features litter federal land, many posing environmental or physical safety hazards that especially threaten Native communities.
Western workers fight for better conditions
Western workers fight for better conditions
Ski patrollers, grocery clerks and teachers organize for fair wages and support for their jobs.
Tribes call out Oregon’s reckless gaming regulation
Tribes call out Oregon’s reckless gaming regulation
Using horse-racing laws, a shadowy state agency and a billionaire push for a private casino that threatens tribes’ self-sufficiency.
A new Northwest anthology finds both terror and magic in the darkness
A new Northwest anthology finds both terror and magic in the darkness
‘Evergreen: Grim Tales & Verses from the Gloomy Northwest’ explores landscapes and life from the Inland Northwest to the Pacific.
Backroads backstrap
Backroads backstrap
A law allowing Wyomingites to harvest roadkill goes into effect in 2022.
A federal drought relief program left southern Oregon parched
A federal drought relief program left southern Oregon parched
For two decades, the Bureau of Reclamation incentivized farmers to pump water faster than the resource could recover, despite warnings from its own scientists.
Rekindling  with fire
Rekindling with fire
An Indigenous writer reclaims her relationship with fire in the landscape of her ancestors.
Books on the West we think you might like
Books on the West we think you might like
Some brand new, some from the shelves, some for the kids and some for you.
How heat waves warp ecosystems
How heat waves warp ecosystems
After the Northwest ‘heat dome’ this summer, scientists look for signs of ecological ruin — or resilience.
Wildfire smoke pushes migrating birds hundreds of miles out of their way
Wildfire smoke pushes migrating birds hundreds of miles out of their way
‘I was glued to my computer for days, trying to figure out what these birds were doing, because it was so clearly, obviously, not normal.’
The hidden fires
The hidden fires
Keeping honest about what we burn and why.
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