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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.
Oklahoma’s tribes unite against a common foe: Their Cherokee governor
Oklahoma’s tribes unite against a common foe: Their Cherokee governor
Gov. Kevin Stitt’s demands for more money from Indian casinos have sparked a bitter feud with economically powerful tribes — including his own.
Alaska’s highway of ferries is under threat
Alaska’s highway of ferries is under threat
What is lost when the floating highway that connects the state’s coastal communities disappears?
Why are Govs. Inslee and Brown fighting the youth climate cases?
Why are Govs. Inslee and Brown fighting the youth climate cases?
Settling with the young activists could be an important tool for climate action.
In California, more than 340,000 lose wildfire insurance
In California, more than 340,000 lose wildfire insurance
Residents are left with little to no options in the state’s fire-prone areas.
Colorado farmers fight to save their water and their community’s future
Colorado farmers fight to save their water and their community’s future
‘We can either wait on Mother Nature — or we can give it a shot ourselves.’
Automakers follow California, not feds, on mileage standards
Automakers follow California, not feds, on mileage standards
Obama-era official says companies will reduce emissions rather than deal with regulatory uncertainty.
Can Western states afford to break the boom-and-bust cycle?
Can Western states afford to break the boom-and-bust cycle?
Climate action on public lands would force a reckoning for fossil fuel dependent states and communities.
Climate change research threatened by University of Alaska budget cuts
Climate change research threatened by University of Alaska budget cuts
Gov. Mike Dunleavy slashed university funding by $130 million, alarming Alaskans, scientists and climate specialists.
How partisan politics can make ballot measures undemocratic
How partisan politics can make ballot measures undemocratic
A fight over wolf management in Alaska shows how lawmakers can undermine citizen-led initiatives.
Trump’s infrastructure order threatens local right to protect the environment
Trump’s infrastructure order threatens local right to protect the environment
Washington blocked a coal terminal under the Clean Water Act. New rules could subvert that authority.
Wyoming Legislature extends lifeline to coal power
Wyoming Legislature extends lifeline to coal power
As economics challenge coal’s future, Wyoming passes a law to prop it up.
Push for renewables vexes Western power supplier
Push for renewables vexes Western power supplier
Tri-State’s future looks less than bright unless it can keep up with the times.
Supreme Court takes on a case of treaty rights vs. state taxation
Supreme Court takes on a case of treaty rights vs. state taxation
The Yakama Nation and Washington state square off over a right to travel without burden.
California contemplates water for struggling fish
California contemplates water for struggling fish
In an unprecedented move, the state may require upstream users to cut water use to improve water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
What killed Washington’s carbon tax?
What killed Washington’s carbon tax?
The curious death of 1631 and what it says about the future of addressing climate change.
Hunters and anglers flex their political muscles
Hunters and anglers flex their political muscles
In the midterms, public land access issues helped several candidates nab governorships.
A toxic past and present on the Spokane River
A toxic past and present on the Spokane River
In eastern Washington, a push to clean PCBs from its namesake river faces a dirty legacy and global pollution problem.
It’s time to start eating roadkill
It’s time to start eating roadkill
Salvaging meat in Alaska is commonplace. Can it catch on in the Lower 48?
Wyoming’s data trespass laws remain defeated
Wyoming’s data trespass laws remain defeated
The state did not appeal a ruling striking down portions of the laws over free speech.
Settlement forces Oregon to update water pollution permits
Settlement forces Oregon to update water pollution permits
In 2017, the state had the worst backlog of expired permits nationwide.
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