Profiles

A Seattle tattoo artist turns to essential work: transporting the dead
A Seattle tattoo artist turns to essential work: transporting the dead
After her shop closed, Jessica Henry found a way to be of service during the pandemic helping others with life’s passing.
An Arizona border sheriff confronts the wall
An Arizona border sheriff confronts the wall
President Trump’s pitch is ‘a sound bite, not a cogent public policy position.’
Filmmaker Jingjing Tian releases her inner cowboy
Filmmaker Jingjing Tian releases her inner cowboy
From movies to music, artists of color are claiming Western mythology.
Dinosaur tracks on a desert shore
When drought shrank Lake Powell this summer, paleontologist Martin Lockley went to work scouring the shoreline for newly revealed rare dinosaur tracks in the sandstone
His playground pulls fun hogs off the public lands
Jeremy Parriott is working with friends to create a 320-acre extreme-sports playground near Moab, Utah, to give four-wheelers and others a place to play off the public lands
She builds new words in an ancient tongue
Reba Teran is painstakingly building an audio dictionary of spoken Shoshone, hoping to save both her language and her culture
Wolf man John
John Morgart works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, overseeing the recovery of Mexican wolves in the Blue Range of New Mexico and Arizona
This mayor sees a different shade of green
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make his city environmentally sustainable
In a run-down neighborhood, there's lots of love
In a hardscrabble neighborhood in northeast Denver, Lorraine Granado fights for environmental justice
A glimpse of the past in a grain of pollen
Montana paleoecologist Cathy Whitlock studies the recent geological past and looks for clues to the future of the West
Protecting the treaty, saving the fish
Kat Brigham of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla has devoted her life to fighting for tribal fishing rights and the survival of salmon on the Columbia River
For this logger, twisted trees are the future
Woodworker Gordon West turns small and irregular pine logs into useful building materials in his shop near Silver City, N.M.
A mountain of books becomes a library of the land
Jeff Lee and Ann Martin of Denver are working to turn their huge personal library into a "land-study" center and residential library, the Rocky Mountain Land Library
Saving Maidu culture, one seedling at a time
Lorena Gorbet, a Mountain Maidu Indian, has dedicated her life to saving her tribal culture through forest management in the Feather River area of Northern California
Colorado couple turns healthy profit from healthy beef
David and Kay James are doing a good business raising "grass-finished" beef on their ranch near Durango, Colo.
Nun calls the faithful to an 'ecological ministry'
Sister Joan Brown of Albuquerque, a Franciscan, believes Christianity needs to go beyond the doors of the church and into the natural world
'Redneck liberal' defends a hard-to-love landscape
Tim Faber, a carpenter, ranch hand and ‘redneck liberal,’ devotes himself to preserving the wild landscapes of Montana’s Missouri River Breaks
Protecting the people's right of way: Public-access advocate Bill Calvert
When a gravel company locked a gate on a road into California’s Yuba Goldfields, a 70-year-old retired salesman named Bill Calvert suddenly became a citizen activist, and fought for public access to public lands
Transforming the Forest Service: Maverick bureaucrat Wendy Herrett
Wendy Herrett, a woman with "the heart of a warrior," braved discrimination to become the first female district ranger in the Forest Service and a pioneer in ecosystem management
Saving wildlife, one animal at a time: Veterinarian Kathleen Ramsay
Veterinarian Kathleen Ramsay founded The Wildlife Center in Espanola, N.M., to treat and rehabilitate sick and injured wildlife
Bucking the trends: Black Hills crusader Marvin Kammerer
Black Hills rancher Marvin Kammerer helped form the Black Hills Alliance in South Dakota to work for social justice and the environment
Composing the new Western: Calexico
Joey Burns and John Convertino, along with the other members of the band Calexico, create music that is thoroughly rooted in the desert Southwest around Tucson, Ariz.
Taking the load off the environment
Jonathan Fox-Rubin believes his western Colorado company, Fiberforge, holds the key to creating an environmentally responsible car
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