People & Places

Portraits of resilience
Portraits of resilience
Through tintypes, Kaska Dena photographer Kali Spitzer creates collaborative images of her community.
Native American athletes and fans face ongoing racism
Native American athletes and fans face ongoing racism
The U.S. has seen a rise in hate crimes, but data shows that bigotry is a constant in Indian Country.
An Indigenous Mexican community finds a home in rural Colorado
An Indigenous Mexican community finds a home in rural Colorado
Culture, traditions and people are moving across borders, powering two economies.
Rants from the Hill: A romance in Reno, land of the second chance
Rants from the Hill: A romance in Reno, land of the second chance
The Ranter remembers being struck down by love for Tonya Harding, the fallen ice skater.
I’m garden-obsessed even though it’s still winter
Ranch Diaries: Dispatch from a confab of women in agriculture
Ranch Diaries: Dispatch from a confab of women in agriculture
When holistic management is too land-focused, the needs of the people on the land gets lost.
Far from home, the West’s foreign sheepherders get a pay raise
Far from home, the West’s foreign sheepherders get a pay raise
Since the ’50s, Western states have brought in international workers but offer them few of the benefits given other workers.
Scalia was Supreme Court’s leader on limiting environmental rules
Scalia was Supreme Court’s leader on limiting environmental rules
A conservative legal foundation fears its winning streak may be over.
Dispatch from Nevada's cowboy poets confab
Dispatch from Nevada's cowboy poets confab
An older generation of artists looks for a younger set to take over the tradition.
Can we make sense of the Malheur mess?
Can we make sense of the Malheur mess?
A writer finds camaraderie and despair inside the Oregon standoff.
Analyst: FBI let Malheur militants save face to end occupation
Analyst: FBI let Malheur militants save face to end occupation
Emotional negotiations with a like-minded Nevada state legislator may have helped FBI operation.
New leader steps up for the American Lands Council
New leader steps up for the American Lands Council
Montana lawmaker takes over lands transfer group, as a new tendril of the movement emerges.
Sagebrush Insurgency connections
Sagebrush Insurgency connections
Connecting the dots within a vast right-wing network of militia members, state and local politicians, and others.
Graphic: The hidden connections of the Sagebrush Insurgency
Graphic: The hidden connections of the Sagebrush Insurgency
Where a sprawling network of actors find common cause.
Past and present in a New Mexico town famous for its pies
Past and present in a New Mexico town famous for its pies
A review of "Pie Town Revisited" by Arthur Drooker.
Rants from the Hill: Reno is a desert city with a river heart
Rants from the Hill: Reno is a desert city with a river heart
The Ranter recalls playing an unexpected concert on the banks of the Truckee River.
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.
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