People & Places

The pioneer of ruin
The pioneer of ruin
Amid a desolate mess in Cisco, Utah, a young woman resurrects a home.
A toilet project; carpet-bombing trout; the ick factor
A toilet project; carpet-bombing trout; the ick factor
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Prisoners turn to strikes to fight inhumane conditions
Prisoners turn to strikes to fight inhumane conditions
In August, inmates renewed protests against solitary confinement and racially biased sentencing.
On the edge with Edward Abbey, Charles Ives and the outlaws
On the edge with Edward Abbey, Charles Ives and the outlaws
One of Charles Bowden’s last essays.
Adiós Charles Bowden
Adiós Charles Bowden
The writer passed away in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Aug. 30.
Flash flood chaser
Flash flood chaser
One man’s obsession improves forecasting in southern Utah.
Navajo ranching in the Chuska Mountains
Navajo ranching in the Chuska Mountains
Keeping a tradition alive in western New Mexico.
Depression era photos from your hometown
Depression era photos from your hometown
A new Yale project allows viewers to explore 175,000 images by county.
Michelle Huneven writes about place, addiction and love
Michelle Huneven writes about place, addiction and love
This California author examines lost years and life in the mountains.
A painter and writer uses her art to overcome trauma
A painter and writer uses her art to overcome trauma
Author profile of Japanese-American Lily Havey.
Masters of Dig: A tour of authorial abodes
Masters of Dig: A tour of authorial abodes
Visiting the homes of my favorite writers
How my Californian father adapted to Utah
How my Californian father adapted to Utah
He found solace in growing fruit trees, but never quite made the Beehive state his home.
Encouraging more ‘nerds of color’
Encouraging more ‘nerds of color’
A conversation with L.A. writer Jervey Tervalon.
But wait, there’s more
But wait, there’s more
Lit-touring in California and beyond.
Rural and small town employment still lags
Rural and small town employment still lags
Metro areas are bouncing back from the Great Recession more quickly.
Metamorphosis in Winnemucca
Metamorphosis in Winnemucca
Review of ‘The Days of Anna Madrigal’ by Armistead Maupin
Reinventing the Sundance Kid
Reinventing the Sundance Kid
Review of 'Sundance: A Novel' by David Fuller
A Peruvian sheepherder in the Colorado Rockies
A Peruvian sheepherder in the Colorado Rockies
Photographs and recordings.
In an era of light pollution, the darkest skies in the West
In an era of light pollution, the darkest skies in the West
Here are some of the region’s best stargazing spots.
Photographing migrant foragers
Photographing migrant foragers
Eirik Johnson explains his images documenting the lives and culture of itinerant mushroom hunters.
The man beneath the hat: Ken Salazar’s search for middle ground
The man beneath the hat: Ken Salazar’s search for middle ground
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, a twelfth-generation Latino-American, works politely and quietly but stubbornly to protect the West’s environment in polarized times.
California’s Tangled Water Politics
California’s Tangled Water Politics
Will there ever be enough water in California's Bay Delta to satisfy farmers, keep fish alive and quench the thirst of millions of people?
The Butterfly Sting
The Butterfly Sting
How a federal wildlife agent brought down one of the world's most notorious insect thieves.
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