People & Places

The U.S. is closing its doors to asylum seekers
The U.S. is closing its doors to asylum seekers
‘The Dispossessed’ follows a family’s harrowing search for safety, and asks what new policies say about the nation’s long-standing ideals.
Can alternative living encampments help with the homelessness crisis?
Can alternative living encampments help with the homelessness crisis?
Advocates fear they’re a stopgap solution that could become permanent.
The fire we need
The fire we need
Can managed fire heal more than just the forests?
In their words: How Westerners are weathering the pandemic
In their words: How Westerners are weathering the pandemic
From feeling hopeful to anxious to resilient, people across the West offer a look into their communities.
Tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you
Tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you
How have your local governments and communities been impacted by the coronavirus?
MMIW families still need enforceable legislation
MMIW families still need enforceable legislation
Too often, tribal, state and federal governments mishandle cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women. This has to change.
‘Men like you weren’t meant to own land’
‘Men like you weren’t meant to own land’
Rural Colorado has a history of discriminatory lending.
A familiar ring: Hell’s Belles keep fans coming back
A familiar ring: Hell’s Belles keep fans coming back
After two decades of rock, the Seattle-born tribute band can still pack the house.
Ranchers blindsided by Trump’s border  wall
Ranchers blindsided by Trump’s border wall
They built a coalition to protect open space. Now, they’re up against the country’s largest construction project.
Why are Diné LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit people being denied access to ceremony?
Why are Diné LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit people being denied access to ceremony?
We should not be discriminated against when our gender roles don’t match our sex.
The modern West: a roundup of our best photos of the year
The modern West: a roundup of our best photos of the year
In 2019, photographers captured nuance in the people and places around the region.
As Spokane grows, is it leaving low-income renters outside?
As Spokane grows, is it leaving low-income renters outside?
Proposals to protect tenants and reduce homelessness lack political support.
Una comunidad indígena de México encuentra su hogar en los campos de Colorado
Una comunidad indígena de México encuentra su hogar en los campos de Colorado
La cultura, las costumbres y las personas están cruzando las fronteras y alimentando dos economías.
To find Jose Montelongo, ICE agents targeted his whole family
To find Jose Montelongo, ICE agents targeted his whole family
One family’s ordeal under Trump’s zero tolerance immigration tactics.
Beads are easier to connect than family
Beads are easier to connect than family
In Beth Piatote’s first short-story collection, a niece learns beading and other lessons.
The West is more than heroes and villains
The West is more than heroes and villains
In ‘This Land,’ Christopher Ketcham roams the West in search of both, and misses a lot in between.
The U.S. has spent more money erasing Native languages than saving them
The U.S. has spent more money erasing Native languages than saving them
As tribes fight to save their languages from extinction, has the government done enough?
Salmon swim above the Grand Coulee Dam for first time in 80 years
Salmon swim above the Grand Coulee Dam for first time in 80 years
Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation gather to begin a new cycle for salmon.
Refugees look for belonging in Idaho
Refugees look for belonging in Idaho
The Twin Falls resettlement program continues to thrive in the face of recent serious challenges.
When 911 feels like a ticket to deportation, undocumented workers turn to a local nonprofit
When 911 feels like a ticket to deportation, undocumented workers turn to a local nonprofit
Policy shifts leave at-risk workers looking for help in other places.
An uptick in street prostitution challenges Seattle’s progressive policies
An uptick in street prostitution challenges Seattle’s progressive policies
Community outcry and overwhelmed services lead to police arresting more sex workers than buyers.
Birds of prey wielded as guardians of orchards and landfills
Birds of prey wielded as guardians of orchards and landfills
Falconers and bird abatement can be used to protect crops, prevent the spread of disease, and keep refineries and housing developments clean.
The prospect of more Airbnbs tempts a struggling New Mexico town
The prospect of more Airbnbs tempts a struggling New Mexico town
Vacation rentals have gutted the culture of nearby communities, but a new project in Questa flips the narrative.
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