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?
Can roads designed for cars be safe for bikes?
A subtle love in small-town Colorado
A subtle love in small-town Colorado
A review of Kent Haruf's new book, 'Our Souls at Night.'
On the unease of violent people
On the unease of violent people
Review of T.C. Boyle's 'The Harder They Come."
How a plan to save southeastern Colorado went off the rails
How a plan to save southeastern Colorado went off the rails
Heritage tourism offered a way out of economic doldrums. Why did it go wrong?
The life of a once-lost dog
The life of a once-lost dog
Aging takes its toll on creatures both human and canine.
Colorado, other Western states support Syrian refugee program
Colorado, other Western states support Syrian refugee program
Governors choose sides on Obama's Syrian resettlement program.
Ranch Diaries: What life’s like as a female rancher
Ranch Diaries: What life’s like as a female rancher
Some ranchers still say women ruin horses and a rancher and his wife can be paid at two-for-the-price-of-one.
Photos: Tracing poverty in the West
Photos: Tracing poverty in the West
Over 11.5 million people live in poverty in Western states; here are intimate portraits of their communities.
In Wyoming, the future of Native health depends on kids
In Wyoming, the future of Native health depends on kids
Infant mortality among Wyoming’s Native population is more than double that of the state's white population.
An ode to germs, guts and gardens
An ode to germs, guts and gardens
When calamity strikes, a gardener finds her way back to the basics.
‘Legal monkey-wrenching’ on Western trails
‘Legal monkey-wrenching’ on Western trails
One man’s guerrilla trail work aims to improve public access to public land.
The beaver whisperer
The beaver whisperer
A biologist figures out how to keep beavers alive on Western landscapes.
Contaminated soil lingers where apples once grew in Washington
Contaminated soil lingers where apples once grew in Washington
Soil at hundreds of properties contains lead and arsenic that can lower children’s IQs and increase cancer risk.
Where nuns are ranch hands
Where nuns are ranch hands
Colorado’s Abbey of St. Walburga is a spiritual refuge — and a working ranch.
Photographing Wyoming Prairies
Photographing Wyoming Prairies
A review of ‘Wyoming Grasslands.’
A marriage of unequals
A marriage of unequals
A review of 'Leaving Before the Rains Come,' Alexandra Fuller’s account of her unsteady arc from Zimbabwe to Wyoming
Why are the feds sticking with a racist name for a Washington lake?
How to survive the bust
How to survive the bust
As oil prices plummet, a drill rig worker traces the effects among his brethren.
The self in perpetual motion
The self in perpetual motion
A review of "Spirit Bird: Stories" by Kent Nelson.
How 2013’s Front Range floods changed the face of the region
How 2013’s Front Range floods changed the face of the region
Two years after floodwaters swept through, many immigrant families are still struggling to rebuild.
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