Surface detail of the Tomanowos meteorite, showing cavities produced by dissolution of iron.
Eden, Janine and Jim/Wikipedia
Tomanowos, aka the Willamette Meteorite, may be the world's most interesting rock. Its story includes catastrophic ice age floods, theft of Native American cultural heritage and plenty of human folly.
Volunteers are building villages of tiny houses for formerly homeless people.
Bruce Kelsh/Cottage Village Coalition
Nonprofits and concerned residents are teaming up with the local government to solve a daunting problem in a city with the nation's highest per-capita rate of homelessnesss.
The presence of mayflies and stone flies indicates clean water is nearby.
Mayflies and stone flies are extremely vulnerable to water pollution, which has implications for the larger food chain.
Aja Conrad, the Karuk Tribe’s workforce and internships coordinator, lights a prescribed fire in Orleans, California.
Instead of suppressing wildfire, the Karuk Tribe in the Pacific Northwest is using it as an integral part of its climate change management plan. Federal, state and local agencies are taking note.
Bill Blazina, 73, uses a high-potency marijuana oil as a medical marijuana patient, but he can’t afford it at a recreational marijuana store.
AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus
Pot taxes will change the ability of some to purchase recreational marijuana.
Mourners in Dayton, Ohio on Aug. 4, 2019 after a mass shooting there killed at least nine people.
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)
More than 40 percent of U.S. adults have a gun in their household, making it hard to get guns off the streets – even if new gun restrictions are passed.
West Coast opponents of fossil fuel exports have blocked industry plans for years.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
The 'thin green line' of resistance against any new infrastructure for shipping oil, gas and coal abroad has won many battles.
One of the many would-be sites for fossil fuel exports in Washington state.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
The 'thin green line' of resistance against any new infrastructure for shipping oil, gas and coal abroad has won many battles. But it faces a new source of pressure: the Trump administration.
Farmers markets have soared in popularity across the country, such as this one in Missoula, Montana.
Several studies on locavores – people who go out of their way to buy foods and other products from local sources – explore the beliefs and values that makes them tick.
Victoria’s model is pretty conservative compared to other jurisdictions that have legalised euthanasia or assisted dying.
The Victorian assisted dying laws are based on those in Oregon, which are quite conservative. Laws in the Netherlands, Belgium and Canada are more relaxed.
Existential suffering refers to an individual experiencing a lack of meaning or sense of purposelessness in life.
Imagine this situation: a person has no medical illness but wishes to end his or her life purely because he or she no longer wishes to live. Should they be eligible for euthanasia or assisted suicide?
Alabama’s lethal injection chamber at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, 2002.
AP Photo/Dave Martin
In Oregon and Washington, the costs of seeking and administering the death penalty have increased significantly since the 1980s.
Opponents of Ballot Measure 9 gather in Portland on Oct. 19, 2000.
AP Photo/Don Ryan
A professor takes us back more than 20 years, to when struggling white working-class voters in Oregon were convinced that a conservative social agenda would help bring back timber jobs.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.
Behind the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon lie decades of controversy over federal control of public land in western states.
The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is part of a complicated history of land in the western US.
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Like much federal land in the US West, the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has a long history tied to Native Americans’ plight and conflicts between settlers and the federal government.
Cliven and Ammon Bundy.
Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons
The violent American militias of the 1990s faded from view long ago – but have they begun coming back in a new form?
A vigil for the victims of a mass shooting in Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
President Barack Obama has praised gun laws in Australia and the UK. How did they work?
The new governor of Oregon: Kate Brown
Oregon has been a pioneer state for LGBTQ elected officials – against a background of fierce ideological battles.
Prop 91 - just one of three ballot initiatives on marijuana decriminalization
Editor’s note: There were 146 state-wide ballot measures up for consideration by voters in this week’s midterm elections, covering all manner of controversial issues – from abortion and guns to minimum…