Politics

How partisan politics can make ballot measures undemocratic
How partisan politics can make ballot measures undemocratic
A fight over wolf management in Alaska shows how lawmakers can undermine citizen-led initiatives.
With coal in free-fall, Wyoming faces an uncertain future
With coal in free-fall, Wyoming faces an uncertain future
As demand shrinks and the industry retracts, counties and the state are in an untenable situation.
The Pebble Mine saga enters a new chapter
The Pebble Mine saga enters a new chapter
The close of public comments is marked by familiar dividing lines and surprising feedback from an EPA official.
Conspiracy theories inspire vigilante justice in Tucson
Conspiracy theories inspire vigilante justice in Tucson
How one man’s imagined discovery of a sex-trafficking camp in the Sonoran Desert gained life online — and in the real world.
California commits to 100 percent clean energy
California commits to 100 percent clean energy
The bill requires California to meet the ambitious goal by 2045.
Agricultural interests steer Colorado’s wildlife management
Agricultural interests steer Colorado’s wildlife management
Sheep grazing in the state’s largest wilderness area could endanger a dwindling bighorn sheep herd.
Zinke is letting corporations profit off our national parks
Zinke is letting corporations profit off our national parks
A company is cashing in on prized public lands by fleecing American taxpayers.
Republicans tout hemp’s potential
Republicans tout hemp’s potential
The crop could be a lifeline for struggling agricultural communities.
President Trump is sacrificing our public lands legacy
President Trump is sacrificing our public lands legacy
From reversing mitigation policies to opening our public lands to oil and gas drilling, the insults keep mounting.
As ethics questions swirl, Zinke knows how to work a crowd
As ethics questions swirl, Zinke knows how to work a crowd
The Interior secretary woos conservatives with logging, drilling, public access.
To protect a forest, a town agreed to leave it alone
To protect a forest, a town agreed to leave it alone
With wildfires looming, Flagstaff came together to support national forest closures.
Mountain bikes shouldn’t be banned from wild landscapes
Mountain bikes shouldn’t be banned from wild landscapes
Conservationists, cyclists and other wilderness visitors all value public lands.
Meet the Native Americans running for office in 2018
Meet the Native Americans running for office in 2018
Indigenous candidates are seeking governorships, seats in Congress and more.
The casualties of Trump’s trade war
The casualties of Trump’s trade war
How ‘America First’ often puts the West last.
Farmers should stand up for the immigrants they depend on
Farmers should stand up for the immigrants they depend on
A farmer recognizes the ways undocumented workers sustain his community.
Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war
Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war
The proposed bills and rule changes that would reshape the Endangered Species Act.
New Mexico investigates immigration detention
New Mexico investigates immigration detention
Reports and testimony argue for stricter oversight of private facilities.
Arizona’s nuclear power caught in crossfire
Arizona’s nuclear power caught in crossfire
A renewable energy ballot measure could up the state’s reliance on cleaner energy.
Interior ordered an end to science-forward parks policy
Interior ordered an end to science-forward parks policy
The Obama-era guidelines emphasized research and precaution in decision-making.
This farm bill deregulates the rich and polices the poor
This farm bill deregulates the rich and polices the poor
A former farmer calls the legislation an attack on family farms and the environment.
Most Americans support the Endangered Species Act
Most Americans support the Endangered Species Act
It’s politicians — not citizens — who want to gut protections for threatened species.
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
After coal waned, a community redefined itself. Will new leases turn back the clock?
The flash drought brought misery, but did it change minds on climate change?
The flash drought brought misery, but did it change minds on climate change?
North Dakota ranchers rely on the rain — and last year the rains failed.
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