Politics

Trespassing aliens; Garbage privacy; Brand your calves
Trespassing aliens; Garbage privacy; Brand your calves
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Latest: EPA puts brakes on Pebble Mine proposal
Latest: EPA puts brakes on Pebble Mine proposal
Agency says risks to fisheries and natural resources justify gathering more data.
Interior opens more Western waters to offshore drilling
Interior opens more Western waters to offshore drilling
Officials from both parties ask Secretary Ryan Zinke to reconsider.
West Obsessed: How Trump has affected the region so far
West Obsessed: How Trump has affected the region so far
Taking stock of the deregulation of land and climate protections in 2017.
Why the National Park advisory board imploded
Why the National Park advisory board imploded
An interview with board chairman Tony Knowles.
Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion
Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion
An interactive, year-by-year look at the current insurgency.
The Endangered Species Act itself could go extinct
The Endangered Species Act itself could go extinct
Congress and the Trump administration threaten an act vital to wildlife and habitat.
Idaho protects the rights of faith healers. Should it?
Idaho protects the rights of faith healers. Should it?
A debate rages over the extent of religious freedom in the face of preventable deaths.
Interior revokes climate change and mitigation policies
Interior revokes climate change and mitigation policies
Many regulations were axed because they are ‘burdens’ to energy development.
Will Trump put a ‘hired gun’ for ranchers in top BLM post?
Will Trump put a ‘hired gun’ for ranchers in top BLM post?
The president is considering a BLM director who has continually fought the agency.
For endangered species, politics replaces science
For endangered species, politics replaces science
A leaked Fish and Wildlife memo suggests a shift away from science.
How Trump’s tax bill pits the rich against the poor
How Trump’s tax bill pits the rich against the poor
We are witnessing a government restructuring and a cultural divide widening.
Courts challenge a piecemeal approach to species recovery
Courts challenge a piecemeal approach to species recovery
A recent ruling may cause Fish and Wildlife to reconsider how it protects grizzlies.
Reckoning with History: Interior’s legacy of bad behavior
Reckoning with History: Interior’s legacy of bad behavior
Ryan Zinke isn’t the first Interior secretary to attract controversy.
Logging isn’t the solution to our wildfire problems
Logging isn’t the solution to our wildfire problems
We can’t ‘solve’ fire any more than we can ‘solve’ hurricanes.
How NAFTA built a bustling border city
How NAFTA built a bustling border city
In southern New Mexico, a dream of a bi-national community, not a concrete wall.
A name is not harmless
A name is not harmless
Racist mascots matter, and it’s time we made that more clear.
Why a team name is more than a (racist) word
Why a team name is more than a (racist) word
If you don’t understand this one, ‘you don’t get any of them.’
Native voices aren’t being heard on Bears Ears
Native voices aren’t being heard on Bears Ears
Members of the Navajo Nation are not ‘conquered subjects.’
Stop trying to militarize Interior, Ryan Zinke
Stop trying to militarize Interior, Ryan Zinke
Military-style management doesn’t work everywhere.
Why Trump’s Bears Ears decision worries so many
Why Trump’s Bears Ears decision worries so many
There are now five lawsuits contesting the president’s monument reductions, including two led by tribes.
The price of a national park fee hike
The price of a national park fee hike
The proposed increase in entrance fees reignites old questions about who should fund the West’s open spaces.
Latest: The EPA drops mine cleanup proposal
Latest: The EPA drops mine cleanup proposal
Obama-era plan required mining companies to prove they can pay for remediation.