People & Places

The tyranny of lawns and landlords
The tyranny of lawns and landlords
Renting culture puts dreams of cultivating wildness out of reach.
Much of rural America is doomed to decline
Much of rural America is doomed to decline
Public policy solutions need to grapple with, not ignore, this economic reality.
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.
‘Real hunger’ creating demand for environmental philosophy
‘Real hunger’ creating demand for environmental philosophy
Descriptions of the West’s top programs.
Quoted: your favorite environmental thinkers
Quoted: your favorite environmental thinkers
Suggestions from our readers.
After a ski patroller’s death, a flurry of questions
After a ski patroller’s death, a flurry of questions
Forest Service permitting issues complicate a southwestern Colorado tragedy
Young leaders changing the West
Young leaders changing the West
From politicians to climate scientists, meet 10 people under 30 who are shaping the region’s future.
Photographs of New Mexicans spanning 20 years
Photographs of New Mexicans spanning 20 years
Review of “Taos Portraits: Photos by Paul O’Connor.”
Remembering an environmental science pioneer
Remembering an environmental science pioneer
Theo Colborn uncovered effects of chemicals, like those used in fracking, on the human body.
Gentrification comes to Denver
Gentrification comes to Denver
With the right policies, the city can be desirable and affordable.
Solace at the end of Homer Spit
Solace at the end of Homer Spit
When I quit my job and joined a pilgrimage of heartbroken dreamers staggering toward Alaska.
Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems?
Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems?
With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks so.
A young mule stringer helps keep a dying profession alive
A young mule stringer helps keep a dying profession alive
Mules are still needed to carry supplies in wild, roadless mountains.
Photographs of the Gold Beach community
Photographs of the Gold Beach community
The people affected by this timberland herbicide cocktail.
The lost navigator
The lost navigator
Before Parkinson’s, my father never needed to consult a road map.
An expedition along the imperiled Rio Grande
An expedition along the imperiled Rio Grande
The river’s future may include longer droughts, larger floods and shrinking snowpack.
Happy Birthday Katie Lee!
Happy Birthday Katie Lee!
The West's "beautiful badass" turns 95
The thing just beyond our reach
The thing just beyond our reach
A portrait of writer Charles Bowden, told by people he’s written about and editors he’s worked with.
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.
Adiós Charles Bowden
Adiós Charles Bowden
The writer passed away in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Aug. 30.
Charles Bowden’s Fury
Charles Bowden’s Fury
The Southwest loses its strongest voice.
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.
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.
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