Southwest

Congress must prioritize Native women through legislation
Congress must prioritize Native women through legislation
The critical Violence Against Women Act is set to expire at the end of this month.
The country’s busiest oil and gas office has a plan for more drilling
The country’s busiest oil and gas office has a plan for more drilling
Southern New Mexico offers a testing ground for Trump’s vision for energy dominance.
The pioneer of ruin
The pioneer of ruin
Amid a desolate mess in Cisco, Utah, a young woman resurrects a home.
After 11 years, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reopens
After 11 years, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reopens
Increased border security means that all 517 square miles are again open to the public.
Manmade quakes shake the Southwest
Manmade quakes shake the Southwest
Tremors in Colorado and New Mexico linked to coalbed methane extraction.
Diversion plans for the Gila would have major impact, critics say
Diversion plans for the Gila would have major impact, critics say
Small and medium-sized flows could be most affected.
Lost in the woods
Lost in the woods
How the Forest Service is botching 4FRI, its biggest restoration project.
New Mexico delays controversial Gila vote
New Mexico delays controversial Gila vote
Many unanswered questions remain about proposals to divert the state's last undammed major river.
Summer rains in a drought-plagued state
Summer rains in a drought-plagued state
How much does a monsoon season relieve drought?
Imminent tar sands mine incites civil disobedience in Utah
To protect hydropower, utilities will pay Colorado River water users to conserve
The bomb builders’ wives
The bomb builders’ wives
Review of ‘The wives of Los Alamos’ by Tarashea Nesbit.
Colorado River Basin groundwater levels drop even faster than reservoirs
Photos of Bonneville Salt Flats
Photos of Bonneville Salt Flats
A subculture of automobiles on the Utah-Nevada desert.
New Mexico is getting lucky so far this fire season
A timeline of our fascination with outer space
A timeline of our fascination with outer space
Space-related activities in the West.
Carrots for conservation
Incentive-based, voluntary conservation agreements help imperiled species in New Mexico
Explorer's notebook: Craig Childs on the Lower San Juan
Explorer's notebook: Craig Childs on the Lower San Juan
Craig Childs narrates his paddle down the Lower San Juan, with photos and video he took on the trip.
Muddy Waters: Silt and the Slow Demise of Glen Canyon Dam
Muddy Waters: Silt and the Slow Demise of Glen Canyon Dam
A float down the Lower San Juan teaches surprising lessons about dams, water and silt in the West.
Craig Childs walks with desert ghosts on the Navajo Nation
Craig Childs walks with desert ghosts on the Navajo Nation
The author tries to walk like a ghost through a wild and haunted landscape.
Charles Bowden on The War Next Door
Charles Bowden on The War Next Door
On the U.S.-Mexico border, the corrupt and futile War on Drugs takes a violent toll on the poorest people.
A tale of shame and glory in the Southwest
Hampton Sides’ new book, Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West, follows Kit Carson through the bloody history of the 19th century Southwest.
Beauty and the Beast
As the small, conservative towns bordering Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument begin to adapt to the monument they never wanted, a new vision for what gateway communities and preserved areas might be begins to slowly emerge.
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