People & Places

A runner reimagines his place in a sprawling city
A runner reimagines his place in a sprawling city
And creates new connections from the details.
The transformation of a centuries-old refuge in New Mexico
The transformation of a centuries-old refuge in New Mexico
With 300,000 visitors every year, how can Chimayó’s history be preserved?
Tantoo Cardinal shines in the new film ‘Falls Around Her’
Tantoo Cardinal shines in the new film ‘Falls Around Her’
Darlene Naponse and Tantoo Cardinal team up to create a fascinating study of a First Nations musician who leaves her career behind.
Idaho’s new governor: ‘Climate change is real’
Idaho’s new governor: ‘Climate change is real’
Environmentalists hope action will follow new state stance on climate.
My great American family
My great American family
And why we have a right to be here.
It’s time to start eating roadkill
It’s time to start eating roadkill
Salvaging meat in Alaska is commonplace. Can it catch on in the Lower 48?
How Indigenous reporters are elevating true crime
How Indigenous reporters are elevating true crime
In the podcasts ‘Finding Cleo’ and ‘Thunder Bay,’ First Nations reporters reinvent a common formula. Can they find even bigger audiences?
The stories that defined the West in 2018
The stories that defined the West in 2018
The year in essays, analysis and investigations from across the Western U.S.
The metalheads of the Navajo Nation
The metalheads of the Navajo Nation
See photos of the thriving music scene in backyards, abandoned houses and parking lot shows.
Alone on the Green River
Alone on the Green River
Writer Craig Childs goes boating in Utah and ponders the costs and payoff of solitude.
As the influence of newsprint erodes, Westword prevails
As the influence of newsprint erodes, Westword prevails
Despite the state of the media, Westword Editor Patty Calhoun maintains hope.
Podcasts that fill the gap
Podcasts that fill the gap
A roundup of our favorite podcasts on stories and analysis of the West.
What you lose when you lose local news
What you lose when you lose local news
People are less likely to vote, and politics become more polarized.
See winter solstice around the West
See winter solstice around the West
After the longest night of the year, earth tilts once again toward the sun.
Fact check: the Goldwater Institute’s statements about the Indian Child Welfare Act
Fact check: the Goldwater Institute’s statements about the Indian Child Welfare Act
The Institute’s claim that ICWA harms Indian children relies on dubious assertions and dog whistles.
Hunting faces an ethical reckoning
Hunting faces an ethical reckoning
Gruesome social media videos show how far modern hunting has drifted from its roots.
Elk run the show on Oregon’s north coast
Elk run the show on Oregon’s north coast
When humans and wildlife clash, sometimes an animal bites your minivan.
Looking for love in all the wrong places
Looking for love in all the wrong places
A quest for connection unites a new collection of Western stories.
Photos: the Borderlands free from stereotypes
Photos: the Borderlands free from stereotypes
Experience the banalities, triumphs and fragility of life on the U.S. - Mexican border.
Indigenous comics push back against hackneyed stereotypes
Indigenous comics push back against hackneyed stereotypes
The ‘noble savage’ in comics is dead. Long live the Dakwäkãda Warriors.
Life in sanctuary: Will a mother’s sacrifice be worth it?
Life in sanctuary: Will a mother’s sacrifice be worth it?
A Salvadorian immigrant faces the mental and physical repercussions of living in a Denver church.
How the Indigenous bison bar was appropriated
How the Indigenous bison bar was appropriated
Epic Provisions took credit for Native-owned Tanka’s idea and built an empire on a foundation of misleading claims.
In Oregon, a mysterious tree grove conjures a colder time
In Oregon, a mysterious tree grove conjures a colder time
Yellow cedars are suited to damp coastal Alaska. So what are they doing in the desert?
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