People & Places

Characters on the margins: An interview with Sydney Freeland
Characters on the margins: An interview with Sydney Freeland
Navajo director Sydney Freeland shares the story behind a career spent celebrating the lives of outsiders and underdogs.
‘None of this happened the way you think it did’
‘None of this happened the way you think it did’
For years, the clients of a Colorado funeral home kept their loved ones’ cremated remains. Then the FBI called.
What it’s like to navigate life below the poverty line
What it’s like to navigate life below the poverty line
A new book humanizes the work America’s poor must go through to try and stay afloat.
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.
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.
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