North American beaver

‘Beaver Believers’ say dam-building creatures can make the American West lush again


For hundreds of years, beavers “kept North America hydrated,” says environmental author Ben Goldfarb. Now, some farmers, ranchers and land managers are advocating that we let them do their job again.

A haul truck at Peabody Energy's Rawhide coal mine near Gillette, Wyoming. The past few years have been tough for the coal industry in Wyoming — the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2016.

A Wyoming town looks beyond coal … to new uses for coal

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South-central Wyoming has some of the strongest winds in the United States. The Department of Energy estimates that by 2030, Wyoming has the potential to power the equivalent of 3.4 million homes.

America’s leading coal state looks to the wind

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A two-tracked dirt and stone road

Across rural America, energy bust fuels economic uncertainty

Tamales prepared for the holidays are seen at Delicious Tamales in San Antonio, Texas, December 14, 2012.

How one Afghan man found his calling making tamales in the US


Zarif Khan left his village on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan in the early 1900s. He made it to Sheridan, Wyoming, and made a fortune making tamales.

Heart Mountain War Relocation Center

How two lives came together at a Japanese American internment camp


As a child, the prospect of an overnight journey by train sounded exciting, but the reality of the situation soon sunk in — Norman had become one of the nearly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry interned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Why climate activists are laughing about global warming in Indiana


Climate change is no laughing matter…except in Indiana.Climate change is no laughing matter…except in Indiana.

The diplodocus fossil named Misty.

Build your own Jurassic Park starting with Misty


A rare 60-foot-long diplodocus dinosaur fossil found in Wyoming in 2009, and named Misty, was put up for sale Wednesday and auctioned off in Britain.

Chilean man’s brutal murder resets the conversation about gay rights

Conflict & Justice

Chile’s Daniel Zamudio died more than a year ago in Santiago. Now, his sadistic murder is a rallying point for Chileans trying to push for gay rights.