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Wildfire-fighting Costs Under Fire We spend billions attacking almost every wildfire, but scientists say that's bad for the forest, can put firefighters in unnecessary danger and doesn't protect communities as well- or as cheaply - as we now know how … Continue reading

Regional Organizations – list 2

Children’s Action Alliance (Arizona) Children’s Action Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan research, education and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of Arizona’s children and families. Clean Elections Institute (Arizona) The nonpartisan Clean Elections Institute is the premier state-based advocate … Continue reading


Idaho began as part of the Northwest Territories in 1843 and became a state on July 3, 1890. The territorial legislature was predminantly Democratic, but since statehood, Idaho is predominantly Republican. Known as the "Gem State," Idaho produces 72 varieties … Continue reading


Although Nevada is best known for its sparkling city of Las Vegas, it's capital is Carson City. Nevada become a state in 1864. Nevada is now the second fastest-growing state in the nation (recently eclipsed by Arizona as number one). … Continue reading

New Mexico

As a former Vice-Royalty of New Spain, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanics and the second highest percentage of Native Americans of any state. Since its territorial days, Santa Fe has been the capitol. New Mexico became a … Continue reading


Montana's official nickname is the Treasure State. But its unofficial nicknames -- The Last Best Place and Big Sky Country -- better invoke the grandeur of this state that ranks 4th in size but 44th in population. Montana often seems … Continue reading