People & Places

The U.S. has become a nation of suburbs
The U.S. has become a nation of suburbs
In the West and elsewhere, suburban areas are growing as cities decline.
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.
This acequia  life
This acequia life
The irrigation of the land defines our West in ways I can hardly explain.
What happens in a small town when the gas goes out?
What happens in a small town when the gas goes out?
A writer ponders his community’s dependence on natural gas in its absence.
Should scientists speak up for climate action?
Should scientists speak up for climate action?
How to balance professional objectivity and the existential threat of climate change.
In Colorado’s conservative corners, a push for gun control
In Colorado’s conservative corners, a push for gun control
Grand Junction teens broach a tense topic with community members.
Black women rewrite weed’s legacy in Los Angeles
Black women rewrite weed’s legacy in Los Angeles
Entrepreneurs find opportunity and community in what was once illegal.
All (climate) politics is local
All (climate) politics is local
During a dry spring, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet visits rural Colorado to talk economics and agriculture.
America is overlooking its biggest gun problem
America is overlooking its biggest gun problem
Mass shootings capture our attention, but suicide is responsible for more deaths.
African cats find a home in the Nevada desert
African cats find a home in the Nevada desert
At the Lion Habitat Ranch, Las Vegas’ famous show felines live out their twilight years.
What we have forgotten about the vilified gray wolf
What we have forgotten about the vilified gray wolf
The saga of O-Six lays bare the intricacies of a familiar, parallel society in wolves.
Frackin’ on heaven’s door
Frackin’ on heaven’s door
How many people over the centuries have loved the Pawnee Buttes, only to see them ravaged?
Competition fosters computer skills in New Mexico schools
Competition fosters computer skills in New Mexico schools
Rural students learn how to code by participating in a supercomputing challenge.
When boyhood friendships were forged outdoors
When boyhood friendships were forged outdoors
After his friend’s passing, a writer reflects on a life spent chasing fish and toads.
How whales converse with the world
How whales converse with the world
Arctic people have been speaking with cetaceans for centuries — and scientists are finally taking note.
West Obsessed: A desert divided on the Borderlands
West Obsessed: A desert divided on the Borderlands
What would it mean to sever life-sustaining links along the U.S.-Mexico border?
Let your kids play with fire
Let your kids play with fire
Giving a 6-year-old fire-tending responsibilities is good for the whole family.
Along the border, 500 miles of desert species
Along the border, 500 miles of desert species
As Trump’s wall lurches forward, ‘BioBlitz’ records the Borderlands’ biodiversity.
Montana’s only congressman sells public lands short
Montana’s only congressman sells public lands short
Recreation-based businesses like canoe guiding rely on continued protection for national monuments.
Killer bees are calming down
Killer bees are calming down
The gentling of “Africanized” bees in Mexico bodes well for beekeeping in the southern U.S.
Did Fort Collins grow too big too fast?
Did Fort Collins grow too big too fast?
The Colorado city’s unwieldy expansion offers a cautionary tale for similar Western locales.
Natural gas wells make poor neighbors
Natural gas wells make poor neighbors
Without a rule to prevent waste, living close to industry is difficult and dangerous.
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