People & Places

Is there really freedom in the outdoors?
Is there really freedom in the outdoors?
After a year indoors, a writer remembers the joy — and pressures — of a childhood spent in Utah.
What makes a whimbrel?
What makes a whimbrel?
A writer reflects on natural cycles of absence and abundance, loss and love.
How will humans live through ecological collapse?
How will humans live through ecological collapse?
In ‘Believers,’ Lisa Wells profiles ordinary people who want to lead less destructive lives.
Film: After wildfire, a motel becomes a temporary refuge
Film: After wildfire, a motel becomes a temporary refuge
Nearly 8,000 people lost their housing in Oregon’s Labor Day fires. Some are finally finding a home, for now.
Hotels for those left unhoused by wildfires
Hotels for those left unhoused by wildfires
As climate change ratchets up wildfire intensity, an Oregon program provides a step toward home.
A path to getting Native lands back
A path to getting Native lands back
Mary Big Bull-Lewis is taking a creative approach to returning ownership of the land and its stories to Native people.
The Los Angeles River’s overlooked anglers
The Los Angeles River’s overlooked anglers
Unhoused Angelenos use the urban river as a source of sustenance, but a proposal to revitalize the waterway could push them out.
The health hazards of California’s neighborhood drilling
The health hazards of California’s neighborhood drilling
Much of the state’s oil extraction takes place in residential areas, often in Spanish-speaking communities, but there’s a lack of research detailing its impact.
Can a wildlife refuge help a community’s fight for environmental justice?
Can a wildlife refuge help a community’s fight for environmental justice?
In Albuquerque’s South Valley, activists are happy for more green space but worry about gentrification.
As the country reckons with race, will tribal nations lead the way?
As the country reckons with race, will tribal nations lead the way?
The descendants of those once enslaved by tribes continue to push for equality.
L.A. girls behind the lens
L.A. girls behind the lens
The Las Fotos Project empowers youth of color to tell their stories.
Modern redemption in a small New Mexican town
Modern redemption in a small New Mexican town
Kirstin Valdez Quade’s debut novel depicts everyday Catholicism in a struggling family.
Albuquerque’s racist history haunts its housing market
Albuquerque’s racist history haunts its housing market
Policymakers and activists fight to remove pro-segregation, anti-immigrant provisions from property deeds.
Did James Plymell need to die?
Did James Plymell need to die?
How homelessness is criminalized in small cities and towns across the West.
Foreign-born doctors fill physician shortages in the West
Foreign-born doctors fill physician shortages in the West
Some find a permanent home; others languish in a visa holding pattern.
Honoring Montana’s first Black librarian
Honoring Montana’s first Black librarian
Carrying on the legacy of Alma Smith Jacobs requires representation and education.
How Wyoming’s Black coal miners shaped their own history
How Wyoming’s Black coal miners shaped their own history
Many early Wyoming coal towns had thriving Black communities.
Workers reflect on Oregon’s first and last coal plant
Workers reflect on Oregon’s first and last coal plant
‘The people here made the plant. What we did is something that was needed.’
Meet the gun-toting ‘Tenacious Unicorns’ in rural Colorado
Meet the gun-toting ‘Tenacious Unicorns’ in rural Colorado
How a transgender-owned alpaca ranch in Colorado foretells the future of the rural queer West.
Pandemic restrictions follow state lines. The spreading virus doesn’t.
Pandemic restrictions follow state lines. The spreading virus doesn’t.
Cross-border COVID-19 contamination underscores the pitfalls of not having national standards.
A high school football team’s wartime resistance
A high school football team’s wartime resistance
In ‘The Eagles of Heart Mountain,’ Bradford Pearson renders the lives of incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II in three dimensions.
I lost my mom to COVID-19. Don’t let the holidays steal yours.
I lost my mom to COVID-19. Don’t let the holidays steal yours.
If you understood how much this hurts, you might stop planning Thanksgiving.
Latina community health workers combat COVID-19 in the West
Latina community health workers combat COVID-19 in the West
Promotoras de salud work to build trust and improve health outcomes with people on their own turf.
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