State Government

Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion
Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion
An interactive, year-by-year look at the current insurgency.
Social services give rural families a safety net
Social services give rural families a safety net
Issues of affordable housing and transportation impede rural families from getting out of poverty.
‘Orphaned’ oil and gas wells are on the rise
‘Orphaned’ oil and gas wells are on the rise
Wells left behind by industry threaten to overwhelm Western states.
Idaho protects the rights of faith healers. Should it?
Idaho protects the rights of faith healers. Should it?
A debate rages over the extent of religious freedom in the face of preventable deaths.
For endangered species, politics replaces science
For endangered species, politics replaces science
A leaked Fish and Wildlife memo suggests a shift away from science.
In a burning West, wildfire smoke threatens public health
In a burning West, wildfire smoke threatens public health
Montana hospitals handled an increase of respiratory-related problems this year.
After Oroville, officials across the West review dam safety
After Oroville, officials across the West review dam safety
The California dam’s spillways are ready for rain as safety officials prepare for future catastrophes.
In Utah, public access to state lands comes at a cost
In Utah, public access to state lands comes at a cost
Public access to trust lands varies widely from state to state.
Zinke’s new sage grouse plans ignore years of work
Zinke’s new sage grouse plans ignore years of work
The changes adhere with Trump’s goals of energy dominance on public lands.
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
From wildfires to drought, a look at a warming world.
Western governors take the lead on climate change
Western governors take the lead on climate change
New alliance highlights states’ progress despite President Donald Trump’s rollbacks.
Send us a tip: How are your state lands managed?
Send us a tip: How are your state lands managed?
We’d like to know how your state is managing — or mismanaging — its trust lands or parks.
How we risked losing the West
How we risked losing the West
A look back at how range science misled land managers.
Why the Bundy crew keeps winning in court
Why the Bundy crew keeps winning in court
The feds just lost another case against public lands occupiers.
Blame for wildfires gets pinned on ‘environmental extremists’
Blame for wildfires gets pinned on ‘environmental extremists’
Montana’s lawmakers slight climate change as a main driver for the state’s blazes.
Latest: Malheur occupiers sentenced
Latest: Malheur occupiers sentenced
Ten other participants still await their punishment.
Latest: Utah counties claim access to old roads
Latest: Utah counties claim access to old roads
A convoluted legal battle takes a step forward.
The Interior secretary gave a closed-door speech to ALEC
The Interior secretary gave a closed-door speech to ALEC
The pro-land-transfer group has the ear of Ryan Zinke and other key Trump cabinet members.
One grid to rule them all
One grid to rule them all
And in the darkness, bind them: The West’s bid for one big electric grid.
You can’t slash health care and say it’s better off
You can’t slash health care and say it’s better off
The Senate discusses a bill that will further erode health services in Indian Country.
California enters the global climate stage
California enters the global climate stage
As Trump backs off climate agreement, California tackles ambitious renewables goal.
Nevada governor signs law to revive rooftop solar industry
Nevada governor signs law to revive rooftop solar industry
Public pressure prompts reversal of unfriendly solar policies.
Experts: Captive breeding of sage grouse won’t work
Experts: Captive breeding of sage grouse won’t work
Zinke calls for a review of conservation plans.