High Country News
- Touring the frosties of the Lost Sierra. Celebrating nostalgia and soft serve in Northern California. April 14, 2014.
- Betting on coal. As California utilities turn away from coal, the Navajo Nation is going all in. March 17, 2014.
- Can bacteria save bats and frogs from deadly diseases? Scientists harness the lessons of the human microbe revolution to try and slow the spread of white nose syndrome and chytrid. February 17, 2014.
- Rural Americans have inferior internet access. Does it matter? It’s really hard to measure the economic impact of getting broadband. February 3, 2014.
- Enviros for drilling! Can more oil extraction cut CO2 emissions from power plants? Some environmentalists think so. December 9, 2013.
- Guns, politics and saguaros. Inside the BLM’s abrupt decision not to ban shooting in an Arizona national monument. December 9, 2013.
- What’s in the water in Woods Cross? A Salt Lake City suburb weighs environmental risk as it grapples with drinking water contamination. August 5, 2013
- A Utah realtor’s quest to sell a ghost town. Woodside, Utah, a dusty town with an out-of-service gas station and not much else, is for sale. Mike Metzger’s creative marketing of the oddball property led to a media frenzy, but thus far, no buyers. May 27, 2013
- A new collaboration has ranchers and the BLM fighting fire together. Conflicts began after the BLM banned ranchers from fighting fire on public land. But a surprising solution has emerged. April 29, 2013
- How to clean up abandoned mines–without landing in court. Anyone who tries to fix a draining mine may become liable for its water pollution. But Good Samaritans are finding ways to avoid getting sued for their good deeds. February 4, 2013
- How Outward Bound lost, and found, itself. The original outdoor education school came close to falling apart after consolidating into a single national school. Now, its newly separate branches are thriving and redefining themselves. January 21, 2013
- What are a bunch of hipsters doing in Green River, Utah? The young founders of the Epicenter, a social services and design nonprofit, try to overcome the stigma of the well-intentioned outsider. November 12, 2012
- It’s not easy being green. Wyoming Conservation Voters closes after 11 years. October 29, 2012
- Fire scientists fight over what Western forests should look like. Controversial new studies question the conventional wisdom on Western ponderosa forests and the severity of their historic wildfires. September 17, 2012
- More clips from the High Country News staff blog, The Goat.
The Daily Yonder
- Western states tighten vaccine exemption rules. The anti-vaccine movement cuts across geography and politics. Some states are changing their laws in response. March 19, 2014.
- Colorado’s first in the nation limits on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. March 6, 2014.
- As lake levels fall, power bills may climb. The lack of rain to fill California’s reservoirs means less hydro power. Customers will likely be paying more for electricity as utilities turn to more expensive power-generation sources. February 20, 2014.
- TVA’s Colorado coal connection. Tennessee Valley Authority’s decreased demand for coal has repercussions far beyond the electric utility’s Southeast service region coalfields. Colorado mines, 1,500 miles to the west, are also feeling the impact. February 3, 2014.
- For Tom Seymour, foraging is the way life should be A profile of naturalist Tom Seymour, who prefers weeds to vegetables. October 5, 2011
- Down in the dumps: Brunswick landfill has history of environmental woes How do you make a 30-year old landfill comply with 2011 regulations? July 13, 2011
- Economy a double-edged sword for Maine land trusts The recession has helped, and hindered, Maine land trusts. March 15, 2011
- Conservative activists object to Route 1 corridor plan for Mid-coast Maine Was a sustainable development plan for Mid-coast Maine a UN conspiracy? Some Mainers think so. February 9, 2011
- More clips from The Forecaster
Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
- Maine’s bail system: A 19th century holdover A four-part series on bail commissioners, published in March 2011.
- I also researched and reported two stories about the backgrounds and resumes of all the candidates for governor in Maine. Read about the Republicans and the Democrats. The stories were distributed for free to newspapers across the state. May 2010
- 16 Mechanic St, Portland Someone took a dump on this month’s dump. October 10, 2010
- 97 Cumberland Ave, Portland This dump was not so much trashed as ignored. August 10, 2010
- Jewett Junkyard, Brunswick The subject of this month’s column, a garbage-filled house on the site of a defunct junkyard, is a dump in every sense of the word. May 10, 2010
- 593 Forest Ave, Portland According to an anonymous tipster, “Its only purpose is for people to drunkenly piss behind it on their way home from the Great Lost Bear (guilty!)” March 7, 2010
- 9 Wescott St, Portland First a falling construction crane crushed the house. Then came the fire. Then the squatters and graffiti. January 10, 2010
- More dumps here!
The ByGone Bureau
- Seeing and Being Seen A 5-part travel series about Chile. 2009-2010
- The Northeast Corridor by Rail Peeking into backyards and observing abandoned factories and graffiti from the train. April 2010.
- The Graduates An e-book published on graduating into the Great Recession. I contributed a chapter on freelancing and waitressing. August 2013.