State Government

‘Cultural resources are not a renewable thing for us.’
‘Cultural resources are not a renewable thing for us.’
The West’s largest green energy storage project would destroy a Yakama sacred site. Now, the nation is fighting back.
Utah has a water dilemma
Utah has a water dilemma
Record-breaking drought along the Wasatch Front forces tough decisions about water supply.
Who should pay to fix California’s sunken canals?
Who should pay to fix California’s sunken canals?
Agribusiness and its proponents say repairs will benefit disadvantaged towns. Those residents disagree.
Where is central California’s water going?
Where is central California’s water going?
Small farmers struggle as ag titans wheel water for profit.
Decolonizing Idaho’s road signs
Decolonizing Idaho’s road signs
A new effort will add Indigenous history to historical markers across the state.
Idaho denies proposed land exchange
Idaho denies proposed land exchange
The state found that the timber tracts offered in a proposed trade are worth much less than the land around Payette Lake.
California tribal colleges offer ‘sense of belonging’ for Native students
California tribal colleges offer ‘sense of belonging’ for Native students
While the schools boost retention and graduation rates, they face funding and accreditation hurdles.
The fight over a  5,000-year-old burial site in California
The fight over a 5,000-year-old burial site in California
How a state law to expedite affordable housing erased a tribe’s right to consultation.
Illegal marijuana grows are stealing from California’s scarce water
Illegal marijuana grows are stealing from California’s scarce water
As drought grips the Golden State, water thefts have increased to record levels. The most common offender: illegal pot farms.
Supreme Court ruling fails to protect Indigenous voters
Supreme Court ruling fails to protect Indigenous voters
In Brnovich v. DNC, the court has made it harder for people of color — especially Indigenous populations — to vote.
Could casitas help prevent displacement in the West’s cities?
Could casitas help prevent displacement in the West’s cities?
As the housing crisis worsens, advocates sound off on how to bring homes to the people.
California budgets $61.5 million for wildlife crossings
California budgets $61.5 million for wildlife crossings
The state looks to protect both wildlife and drivers, as large animals cause 20 crashes a day on state highways.
How a trail in rural Oregon became a target of far-right extremism
How a trail in rural Oregon became a target of far-right extremism
To understand the state’s urban-rural divide, start by looking at Yamhill County’s proposed walking trail.
Still wild: A mining project divides a community
Still wild: A mining project divides a community
In Haines, Alaska, concern for a fragile ecosystem confronts the prospect of well-paying jobs.
Can New Mexico transition from fossil fuels?
Can New Mexico transition from fossil fuels?
Oil and gas revenue funds everything from campaigns to government functions, complicating promises of a greener future.
Klamath Tribes want beavers back in the Beaver State
Klamath Tribes want beavers back in the Beaver State
Reintroducing the species creates important habitat for First Foods. But state laws don’t work in the animal’s favor.
Wyoming’s GOP considers the fall of Liz Cheney
Wyoming’s GOP considers the fall of Liz Cheney
‘I think there will be a reckoning in the party.’
How ‘sustainable’ is California’s groundwater sustainability act?
How ‘sustainable’ is California’s groundwater sustainability act?
Numerous issues around equity and the plan’s rollout loom.
‘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.
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