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?
Grand Canyon park’s 15-year failure on sexual harassment
Grand Canyon park’s 15-year failure on sexual harassment
Interior Department investigation shows a history of harassment, hostility and retaliation.
The tree in the river
The tree in the river
A writer ponders a remnant of past disaster.
How smokejumpers prepare for wildfire season
How smokejumpers prepare for wildfire season
Photos of the rigorous training this special type of firefighter endures.
Economic downturns fuel Sagebrush Rebellion events
Economic downturns fuel Sagebrush Rebellion events
Natural resource-dependent rural economies help explain why disputes happen where they do.
Sieges like the Oregon standoff turn the rural West into a political stage
Rants from the Hill: A Christmas tree grows in the Nevada desert
Rants from the Hill: A Christmas tree grows in the Nevada desert
The pinyon offers an alternative to artificial or commercially farmed trees.
Ranch Diaries: Year in review at Triangle P
Ranch Diaries: Year in review at Triangle P
Coconut the elk, Clem the colt and big dreams for next year.
12 stories from the archives you should read now
12 stories from the archives you should read now
A look at our writers' favorite stories of all time, as our 45th anniversary draws to a close.
Western nativism has a rotten odor
Pet the nipping pup and hide your newcomer roots: tips from a failed campaign.
Pet the nipping pup and hide your newcomer roots: tips from a failed campaign.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The mysteries of the everyday
The mysteries of the everyday
A writer and her family court the unknown.
The Corps of Discovery, after the apocalypse
The Corps of Discovery, after the apocalypse
Review of Benjamin Percy's “The Dead Lands.”
The story behind a saved cienega in New Mexico
The story behind a saved cienega in New Mexico
A rancher fights to protect a restored wetland against torrential rain and other threats.
Ranch Diaries: Building human connections from a remote ranch
Ranch Diaries: Building human connections from a remote ranch
Passing on knowledge is crucial to our way of life.
He didn’t die with dignity (so I threw a party)
Why being a good neighbor is a good idea
Why being a good neighbor is a good idea
Researchers look to Southwestern ranchers to learn why we share — and what happens when we don’t.
Playing the Alaska card
Playing the Alaska card
A native of the state explains the short-lived social power the state gives.
Will the Little Shell tribe finally be recognized?
Will the Little Shell tribe finally be recognized?
The tribe's complex history has slowed federal approval of the tribe. A new rule could change that.
Latest: Anti-gay stance spurs exodus from Mormon Church
Latest: Anti-gay stance spurs exodus from Mormon Church
The church has a history of anti-gay actions.
Ranch Diaries: Getting injured on the job
Ranch Diaries: Getting injured on the job
I went through a lot of Ibuprofen and some serious self-doubt; then I sucked it up and got back on my horse.
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