Bark beetles are common across the Western U.S. and play a healthy role in helping thin forests during normal conditions. However, drought is accelerating their ability to kill trees.
Lucas Brady Woods is the News Director at KSJD Community Radio in Cortez, Colorado. His work focuses on serving the public of the Four Corners with responsible, factual reporting. He worked in the film industry for many years before switching it up as a graduate from Columbia Journalism School.
Recent Stories by Lucas Woods
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Used to Rely on Fossil Fuels to Make Money. Now, it’s Turning to Solar Power.
After more than 70 years in the oil and gas business, the tribe is increasingly looking to solar power for new revenue.
Colorado Mobile Home Co-ops Aim to Keep Costs Down
But the resident-owned model comes with challenges and limitations.
New Affordable Housing Developments in Southwest Colorado Can’t Solve the Housing Crisis Alone
Lucas Brady Woods of partner station KSJD reports on a rural housing crisis similar to those being faced across the Mountain West.
Worsening Western Drought Conditions Weigh on Farmers’ Mental Health
Drought conditions across the West are hitting farmers and ranchers’ financial bottom line and their mental health.
Ute Mountain Ute Chairman Manuel Heart Discusses Vaccines, Reopening and Education
Many Indigenous communities in the Mountain West and across the U.S. are now sharing extra vaccine doses with their non-Indigenous neighbors.