Items by Sarah Tory

A family held their relatives captive; a community set them free
A family held their relatives captive; a community set them free
A labor trafficking case shows Westerners can sometimes still count on each other to protect those in need.
One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado
One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado
The challenges and possibilities of water buffalo ranching in the Roaring Fork Valley.
The grassroots groups helping asylum-seekers on the border
The grassroots groups helping asylum-seekers on the border
‘We had no choice but to make it work.’
An Arizona border sheriff confronts the wall
An Arizona border sheriff confronts the wall
President Trump’s pitch is ‘a sound bite, not a cogent public policy position.’
Can stories help us understand the realities of migration?
Can stories help us understand the realities of migration?
In her new novel, Valeria Luiselli explores the possibilities and limits of writing about the border crisis.
Humanitarian aid is being criminalized at the border
Humanitarian aid is being criminalized at the border
Deterrence strategies have turned increasingly punitive for immigrants and activists.
The education crisis for children of deported parents
The education crisis for children of deported parents
In Tijuana, an upstart model tries to address the challenges of educating U.S. kids who relocated to keep their families together.
Two countries, one border and their shared pollution
Two countries, one border and their shared pollution
Communities in South San Diego sue over sewage spills.
As the border wall grows, smuggling tunnels proliferate
As the border wall grows, smuggling tunnels proliferate
The Trump administration is ignoring a big question: How do you secure a border below ground?
A Denver high school welcomes the world’s refugees
A Denver high school welcomes the world’s refugees
The Newcomers explores the lives of immigrant teens and what it takes to become an American.
Prisoners turn to strikes to fight inhumane conditions
Prisoners turn to strikes to fight inhumane conditions
In August, inmates renewed protests against solitary confinement and racially biased sentencing.
Estranged in America
Estranged in America
What happens to a community when its sense of belonging begins to unravel?
Laughter to cope with daily tragedies at the border
Laughter to cope with daily tragedies at the border
Luis Alberto Urrea’s new novel reflects on the family relationships that challenge and transcend the U.S.-Mexico border.
The immigrants contributing to rural towns and economies
The immigrants contributing to rural towns and economies
Decades after their arrival, a family is woven into the fabric of Colorado’s San Luis Valley.
‘Fortifying freedom’ at the Western Conservative Summit
‘Fortifying freedom’ at the Western Conservative Summit
Where the ‘rule of law’ is synonymous with Trump.
Death in the alpine
Death in the alpine
Social media is changing our relationship to risk, with deadly consequences.
In a new home, the OR Show flexes its political muscle
In a new home, the OR Show flexes its political muscle
As the outdoor industry ramps up its advocacy, it faces tough questions from Indigenous recreators.
A sheriff’s dilemma in the face of Trump’s immigration agenda
A sheriff’s dilemma in the face of Trump’s immigration agenda
How the controversy over ‘sanctuary cities’ is playing out in the rural West.
Undocumented: A life, a home and a family in the rural West
Undocumented: A life, a home and a family in the rural West
What it’s like for one undocumented woman and her family in Trump’s America.
A Southwest water dispute reaches the Supreme Court
A Southwest water dispute reaches the Supreme Court
Why a fight over groundwater has left farmers in New Mexico feeling stranded.
How NAFTA built a bustling border city
How NAFTA built a bustling border city
In southern New Mexico, a dream of a bi-national community, not a concrete wall.
Religious communities are taking on climate change
Religious communities are taking on climate change
Churches that have long played a role in social justice are stepping up.
The long fight against Joe Arpaio will continue
The long fight against Joe Arpaio will continue
How ‘America’s toughest sheriff’ galvanized a movement among Arizona Latinos.
Money-for-water programs work — but for how long?
Money-for-water programs work — but for how long?
In the Colorado River Basin, a pilot project wins over skeptical farmers and ranchers.
Border Patrol arrests migrants seeking humanitarian aid
Border Patrol arrests migrants seeking humanitarian aid
As temperatures in the Southwest soar, advocates worry about border crossers.
Police shootings of Native Americans spark a movement
Police shootings of Native Americans spark a movement
A new generation of activists on and off reservations struggle for visibility.
‘If you don’t want us, tell us to go back’
‘If you don’t want us, tell us to go back’
The making of a California prison town.
How private prisons became a booming business
How private prisons became a booming business
The numbers and policies behind the immigration-incarceration economy.
The Western origins of the sanctuary movement
The Western origins of the sanctuary movement
Churches in the West are once again at the forefront of a grassroots effort to save immigrants from deportation.
In Canada, a move to protect data from Trump
In Canada, a move to protect data from Trump
Researchers and citizens are rushing to back-up government data on climate change and other issues, fearing political interference.
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