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‘I’m scared of getting sick from the water’
‘I’m scared of getting sick from the water’
Some rural California communities have waited nearly a decade for state regulators to repair their tainted drinking-water systems.
How the West has changed since the last census
How the West has changed since the last census
Population growth has slowed overall, but the West continues at a fast pace, adding three congressional seats.
Megadrought: New Mexico farms face uncertain future
Megadrought: New Mexico farms face uncertain future
‘If they have an option to not farm, they should consider that option.’
Energy companies have left Colorado with billions of dollars in oil and gas cleanup
Energy companies have left Colorado with billions of dollars in oil and gas cleanup
As the state tries to reform its relationship to drilling, an expensive task awaits.
Idaho state lands could end up in private hands
Idaho state lands could end up in private hands
How a developer’s proposed large land swap ignited a fight in small but growing McCall.
Will California finally fulfill its promise to fix the Salton Sea?
Will California finally fulfill its promise to fix the Salton Sea?
Decades have passed and millions of dollars spent, yet little has been done to restore the lake. California officials say it’s all been leading up to this moment.
Will a multimillion-dollar dock help a remote Alaska community get more services?
Will a multimillion-dollar dock help a remote Alaska community get more services?
Alaska’s marine highway still faces uncertainty under severe budget cuts.
Lawsuit over proposed fossil fuel railway in Utah moves forward
Lawsuit over proposed fossil fuel railway in Utah moves forward
The plaintiff says funding earmarked for the project was meant for communities ‘to alleviate the boom and bust cycle of energy production.’
Local climate efforts cut costs and carbon in Wyoming
Local climate efforts cut costs and carbon in Wyoming
As the state doubles down on fossil fuels, towns chart their own path.
Deadline to spend COVID-19 relief funds has tribal nations on edge
Deadline to spend COVID-19 relief funds has tribal nations on edge
In Oregon, tribal governments are left wondering how they’ll provide services next year without an extension.
New Mexico is on track to have the weakest methane emissions regulations in the nation
New Mexico is on track to have the weakest methane emissions regulations in the nation
Laguna Pueblo Gov. Wilfred Herrera, Jr., urges the state to strengthen its proposed air quality rules.
The dust-up over California’s off-road beach
The dust-up over California’s off-road beach
COVID highlights conflicts over air pollution, crime and accidents on California’s Central Coast.
Where the Great American Outdoors Act stands now
Where the Great American Outdoors Act stands now
After passing with bipartisan support in August, the conservation law hits stumbling blocks. Here’s what may happen next.
How Indigenous voters swung the 2020 election
How Indigenous voters swung the 2020 election
In Arizona and Wisconsin, Native turnout — which often leans liberal — made the difference in Biden’s slim but winning margin.
The Alaska Native village of Kake defends their right to hunt
The Alaska Native village of Kake defends their right to hunt
The state of Alaska sues the Federal Subsistence Board for approving an emergency hunt for the Organized Village of Kake, despite the tribal community’s dire food shortage.
Tribes defend themselves against a pandemic and South Dakota’s state government
Tribes defend themselves against a pandemic and South Dakota’s state government
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Oglala Sioux Tribe’s COVID-19 checkpoints are at stake.
Will Portland’s summer of unrest reshape city politics?
Will Portland’s summer of unrest reshape city politics?
November’s election will test how protests shift political power.
Killing the Vegas Pipeline
Killing the Vegas Pipeline
Nevada’s attitude toward water is changing.
Federal boots on city streets
Federal boots on city streets
With Congress gridlocked and courts restrained, public opinion confronts authoritarian tactics.
Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests
Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests
‘That has a real chilling effect on democratic practice.’
Report: Indigenous voters face racism and suppression
Report: Indigenous voters face racism and suppression
‘Native Americans just face really unreasonable obstacles when it comes to voting.’
Western states lead the way in vote-by-mail elections
Western states lead the way in vote-by-mail elections
As COVID-19 closes most in-person polling locations, will states be able to scale up in time?
The Cherokee Nation once fought to disenroll Gov. Kevin Stitt’s ancestors
The Cherokee Nation once fought to disenroll Gov. Kevin Stitt’s ancestors
Documents show the Oklahoma governor’s connections to the tribe may have originated in an act of fraud more than 100 years ago.
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