Politics

Extreme mountain biker group fights for wilderness access
Extreme mountain biker group fights for wilderness access
A new law could change the nature of wilderness travel.
Your stoke won’t save us
Your stoke won’t save us
The idea that outdoor recreation leads to meaningful conservation rests on a big ‘if.’
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.
Bears Ears is open for business
Bears Ears is open for business
A reporter staked a mining claim on former monument lands. You could, too.
A hedge-fund owner is ‘murdering The Denver Post’
A hedge-fund owner is ‘murdering The Denver Post’
Without jobs, journalists can’t be the watchdogs of democracy.
A legal defense fund for Pruitt compounds ethics concerns
A legal defense fund for Pruitt compounds ethics concerns
Accepting donations could add to the scandals already plaguing the EPA head.
Scott Pruitt’s ethics violations haven’t stopped his rollbacks
Scott Pruitt’s ethics violations haven’t stopped his rollbacks
Beleagured by investigations, the EPA chief continues to unravel protections.
Oil- and gas-rich counties ask for more federal revenue
Oil- and gas-rich counties ask for more federal revenue
A new bill would return money earmarked for Western water projects to mineral-producing counties.
High schoolers forced Utah to admit climate change is real
High schoolers forced Utah to admit climate change is real
A group of students convinced state lawmakers to acknowledge the warming planet.
Can Montana Sen. Jon Tester survive Trump’s attacks?
Can Montana Sen. Jon Tester survive Trump’s attacks?
Dust-ups with the president test an increasingly red state’s middle-ground politician.
Trump’s false narrative of chaos at the border
Trump’s false narrative of chaos at the border
As asylum-seekers flee to the U.S., misguided immigration policies proliferate.
Gunnison sage grouse recovery plan stops lawsuit
Gunnison sage grouse recovery plan stops lawsuit
U.S. Fish and Wildlife has 30 months to submit a draft plan to recover the threatened species.
How the feds helped make Cliven Bundy a celebrity
How the feds helped make Cliven Bundy a celebrity
The creation of an anti-public-lands hero.
The long road from violence
The long road from violence
A writer reexamines the stories we tell of rural life and struggle.
Trump takes a hard line on tribal health care
Trump takes a hard line on tribal health care
Yes, tribal nations are sovereign, but the U.S. still has obligations for their wellbeing.
As Oregon’s midterms approach, divided sides dig in
As Oregon’s midterms approach, divided sides dig in
The right and the ‘resistance’ are doubling down after the election of Donald Trump.
Lawmakers grill EPA chief on spending and ethics scandals
Lawmakers grill EPA chief on spending and ethics scandals
During a hearing on Capitol Hill, Scott Pruitt called the controversies a ‘distraction.’
Bureau of Indian Affairs director resigns
Bureau of Indian Affairs director resigns
As the agency navigates turbulent times, its leadership changes hands.
The House passes a bill limiting water for salmon
The House passes a bill limiting water for salmon
The legislation would override a court ruling calling for more water over dams.
At a range rights gathering, the press was in the crosshairs
At a range rights gathering, the press was in the crosshairs
In the era of social media, far-right activists aim to subvert mainstream journalists.
In Colorado’s conservative corners, a push for gun control
In Colorado’s conservative corners, a push for gun control
Grand Junction teens broach a tense topic with community members.
Labor concerns trump tribal sovereignty in Congress
Labor concerns trump tribal sovereignty in Congress
A bill exempting tribal nations from labor regulations fails in the Senate.
How to celebrate Earth Day
How to celebrate Earth Day
Stand up for public lands, fight climate change and get outside this April 22 — and all year long.
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