People & Places

The U.S. has become a nation of suburbs
The U.S. has become a nation of suburbs
In the West and elsewhere, suburban areas are growing as cities decline.
The pioneer of ruin
The pioneer of ruin
Amid a desolate mess in Cisco, Utah, a young woman resurrects a home.
A toilet project; carpet-bombing trout; the ick factor
A toilet project; carpet-bombing trout; the ick factor
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
How much do salmon still shape the Northwest?
How much do salmon still shape the Northwest?
A new book seeks answers about the future of the iconic fish.
Exploring rural California’s contradictions
Exploring rural California’s contradictions
Gabriel Tallent’s debut novel tells the story of a tough teenage girl’s survival.
What to do if you had just one day left to live
What to do if you had just one day left to live
Two writers contemplate their last moments.
In line at the Great Wall
In line at the Great Wall
In no-longer-so-imaginary future, parents and children are separated at the border.
A nearly forgotten poet’s view from above timberline
A nearly forgotten poet’s view from above timberline
Belle Turnbull found transcendence in the Colorado Rockies.
Memories of the ‘goddess of Glen Canyon’
Memories of the ‘goddess of Glen Canyon’
Our readers share their thoughts and encounters of Western icon, Katie Lee.
Share your memories of the iconic Katie Lee
Share your memories of the iconic Katie Lee
The Western author and activist died this week. Tell us what she meant to you.
What could be lost in a push for mining in monuments
What could be lost in a push for mining in monuments
In Grand Staircase-Escalante, coal and fossils lie side by side.
Raton tries to rise again
Raton tries to rise again
A former coal mining town takes measured approach to economic recovery.
Navajo small businesses help stabilize booms and busts
Navajo small businesses help stabilize booms and busts
To build a sustained community, the Navajo Nation experiments with entrepreneurs.
The Park Service needs to do more to connect
The Park Service needs to do more to connect
The agency has worked so hard to attract white, outdoorsy men that it has trouble going further.
Dear progressives, don’t give up on the small-town West
Dear progressives, don’t give up on the small-town West
Political advice from a Democrat who ran and lost his own campaign for mayor.
From ‘hallway’ to artery, a town rebuilds Main Street
From ‘hallway’ to artery, a town rebuilds Main Street
Booms and busts withered Farmington, New Mexico, but new initiatives could revitalize it.
Portraits of the protectors of Yellowstone
Portraits of the protectors of Yellowstone
A collection of rangers, scientists and artists pose in a landscape they love.
Pledge allegiance to the Earth, not a flag
Pledge allegiance to the Earth, not a flag
Raise up the vulnerable voices of the elderly, impoverished and the wild earth, too.
Handbook to ranching; pizza-loving bears; high hopes for medical marijuana
Handbook to ranching; pizza-loving bears; high hopes for medical marijuana
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Can Utah’s centrists provide refuge for the disillusioned?
Can Utah’s centrists provide refuge for the disillusioned?
A new party called United Utah says that it is ‘Practical Not Partisan.’
In New Mexico, demographic shifts have helped job growth
In New Mexico, demographic shifts have helped job growth
An influx of immigrants is preventing economic stagnation in the Borderlands.
As sediment builds, one dam faces its comeuppance
As sediment builds, one dam faces its comeuppance
Officials at a Colorado reservoir are reckoning with decades of accumulation.
Take a job, create another
Take a job, create another
Despite mounting evidence, the myth of job-stealing immigrants persists.
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