People & Places

Dead pines drive new herbicide rules in Oregon
Dead pines drive new herbicide rules in Oregon
A controversial weed-killer has split the state, and pit state regulators against feds.
The Two Bulls family leads an Indigenous art renaissance
The Two Bulls family leads an Indigenous art renaissance
The Lakota family’s first group show is a celebration of tradition and experimentation.
In need of water, an Idaho town turns to its neighbors
In need of water, an Idaho town turns to its neighbors
Does recharging an aquifer solve one of the West’s oldest water problems, or perpetuate it?
Colorado says fishing next to private land is trespassing
Colorado says fishing next to private land is trespassing
But that could change on the Arkansas River if a legal decision declares it navigable.
The playground of Lake Powell isn’t worth drowned canyons
The playground of Lake Powell isn’t worth drowned canyons
Before a writer knew the true cost of Glen Canyon Dam, ‘ignorance was bliss.’
How do we honor New Mexico’s colorful past
How do we honor New Mexico’s colorful past
… without celebrating colonialism’s violence?
Bears Ears is open for business
Bears Ears is open for business
A reporter staked a mining claim on former monument lands. You could, too.
A hedge-fund owner is ‘murdering The Denver Post’
A hedge-fund owner is ‘murdering The Denver Post’
Without jobs, journalists can’t be the watchdogs of democracy.
Rent hikes, homelessness and hunger in a small Western city
Rent hikes, homelessness and hunger in a small Western city
A writer in Ashland, Oregon, sees the problems that follow an influx of wealth.
Tribes lead the battle to combat a national opioid crisis
Tribes lead the battle to combat a national opioid crisis
Native communities have been flooded with prescription pain pills.
High schoolers forced Utah to admit climate change is real
High schoolers forced Utah to admit climate change is real
A group of students convinced state lawmakers to acknowledge the warming planet.
Don’t even think about leaving a trace
Don’t even think about leaving a trace
An outdoorswoman reflects on the myriad kinds of litter she’s encountered in nature.
Can Montana Sen. Jon Tester survive Trump’s attacks?
Can Montana Sen. Jon Tester survive Trump’s attacks?
Dust-ups with the president test an increasingly red state’s middle-ground politician.
Trump’s false narrative of chaos at the border
Trump’s false narrative of chaos at the border
As asylum-seekers flee to the U.S., misguided immigration policies proliferate.
The Forest Service faces a century-old call for equality
The Forest Service faces a century-old call for equality
As early as 1924, women were asking the agency for equal treatment.
How the feds helped make Cliven Bundy a celebrity
How the feds helped make Cliven Bundy a celebrity
The creation of an anti-public-lands hero.
The long road from violence
The long road from violence
A writer reexamines the stories we tell of rural life and struggle.
This acequia  life
This acequia life
The irrigation of the land defines our West in ways I can hardly explain.
What happens in a small town when the gas goes out?
What happens in a small town when the gas goes out?
A writer ponders his community’s dependence on natural gas in its absence.
Should scientists speak up for climate action?
Should scientists speak up for climate action?
How to balance professional objectivity and the existential threat of climate change.
In Colorado’s conservative corners, a push for gun control
In Colorado’s conservative corners, a push for gun control
Grand Junction teens broach a tense topic with community members.
Black women rewrite weed’s legacy in Los Angeles
Black women rewrite weed’s legacy in Los Angeles
Entrepreneurs find opportunity and community in what was once illegal.
All (climate) politics is local
All (climate) politics is local
During a dry spring, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet visits rural Colorado to talk economics and agriculture.
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