State Government

Land-transfer advocates seek authority instead of ownership
Land-transfer advocates seek authority instead of ownership
The Trump administration isn’t giving land to states, but it is giving states more control over public lands.
See the influences behind Colorado’s wildlife commission
See the influences behind Colorado’s wildlife commission
A powerful governing board gives agricultural interests the loudest voice.
Montanans must rely on each other in crisis
Montanans must rely on each other in crisis
A network of local providers steps in as vital mental health centers close.
Wyoming seeks compromise on wildlife migration corridors
Wyoming seeks compromise on wildlife migration corridors
Migration science has advanced, and the Game & Fish Commission is looking to reassess land use.
Why are Western attorneys general going rogue?
Why are Western attorneys general going rogue?
Attorneys general sue the federal government, despite state governors’ objections.
Jeb Bush outlines plans to limit federal control of Western lands
Jeb Bush outlines plans to limit federal control of Western lands
The presidential hopeful would move Interior Department from Washington to the West.
Public-land transfer proponents may have violated lobbying laws
Public-land transfer proponents may have violated lobbying laws
Colorado puts the American Lands Council on "notice" for ethical missteps.
How 2013’s Front Range floods changed the face of the region
How 2013’s Front Range floods changed the face of the region
Two years after floodwaters swept through, many immigrant families are still struggling to rebuild.
Is Fish & Wildlife under the thumb of political influence?
Is Fish & Wildlife under the thumb of political influence?
73 percent of agency scientists say political interference is too high.
Groups sue Wyoming over ‘data trespassing’ law
Groups sue Wyoming over ‘data trespassing’ law
The laws make it a crime to collect data on open land if the collector lacks certain permissions.
How crowded are private prisons in the West?
How crowded are private prisons in the West?
A riot in Arizona puts the spotlight on for-profit incarceration.
The counties that actively oppose a federal lands transfer
The counties that actively oppose a federal lands transfer
Commissioners fear states could reduce county power and remove public access.
New data released on violent threats to federal employees
New data released on violent threats to federal employees
Documents show 15 incidents in 2014, but don't account for the Cliven Bundy standoff.
The taxpayer money that fuels federal land transfer demands
The taxpayer money that fuels federal land transfer demands
How the behind-the-scenes lobby group American Lands Council gets funding.
Western states wrestle with Obama’s Clean Power Plan
Western states wrestle with Obama’s Clean Power Plan
Closed-door sessions on the EPA's proposal to cut coal-fired power plant emissions.
Counties use a ‘coordination’ clause to fight the feds
Counties use a ‘coordination’ clause to fight the feds
An obscure provision in two environmental laws is the weapon of choice in a bureaucratic Sagebrush Rebellion.
Recapture Canyon protesters found guilty in Utah
Recapture Canyon protesters found guilty in Utah
County commissioner and co-defendant face up to a year in jail for illegal ATV ride.
State bills to study federal-to-state land transfers
State bills to study federal-to-state land transfers
A rundown of the legislation in each state and a look into the motives behind them.
Dispatch from Cliven Bundy’s latest gathering
Dispatch from Cliven Bundy’s latest gathering
Who showed up at the one-year anniversary of the BLM standoff? Most of them weren’t ranchers.
Federal public land transfers get a Congressional boost
Federal public land transfers get a Congressional boost
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and a majority of her colleagues signal support for the pro-transfer movement.
An update on Nevada scofflaw Cliven Bundy
An update on Nevada scofflaw Cliven Bundy
The rancher still has influence in some circles, and has seen zero repercussions for trespass cattle and unpaid fees.
Utah bill aims to force an end to the land transfer debate
Utah bill aims to force an end to the land transfer debate
Plus, a roundup of federal-to-state land transfer battles across the West.
Colorado water users gird for first statewide plan
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