Matt Vasilogambros

Matt Vasilogambros

Matt Vasilogambros covers voting rights, gun laws and Western climate policy for Stateline. He lives in San Diego, California.

Lake Mead

Feds’ cash stream supports Colorado River conservation — but the money will dry up

By: - September 23, 2023

Editor’s note: Read more Stateline coverage of how communities across the West are grappling with drought that’s worsening because of climate change. Despite a megadrought, states in the West have been able to avoid drastic cuts to their allocations of Colorado River water this year not only because of surprising storms but also thanks to […]

Sign supporting the Greater Idaho movement along the highway south of Fox, Oregon

An Eastern Oregon effort to join Idaho reflects the growing American divide

By: - September 8, 2023

ENTERPRISE, Ore. — This small ranching town, surrounded by towering tree-topped mountains and a valley of rolling grass fields, sits tucked into the northeast corner of the state — both out of the way and right in the middle of a contentious debate. At a meeting late last month, 25 people packed into a stuffy […]

Voters cast their ballots at Boise's Fairmont Junior High

As ranked choice voting gains momentum, parties in power push back

By: - August 23, 2023

Over the past decade, ranked choice voting has become increasingly popular. From conservative Utah to liberal New York City, 13 million American voters in 51 jurisdictions — including all of Alaska and Maine — now use the system, under which voters rank candidates based on preference, leading to an instant runoff in a crowded race. […]

roundabout at West University Boulevard and North 9th Avenue in Tucson, Ariz.,

These cities coordinate to save water, a model for parched Western areas

By: - July 26, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz. — There are no lush green lawns among the rows of single-family homes that line a quiet boulevard a mile west of the University of Arizona campus. Instead, small lizards scurry across gravel to the shade of cacti, shrubs and trees native to the Southwestern desert, as cicadas drone and backyard chickens cluck […]

Lake Powell

Western states agree to Colorado River water-sharing agreement

By: - May 22, 2023

The governors of Arizona, California and Nevada have announced a historic water-sharing agreement for the Colorado River in an attempt to salvage one of the West’s major sources of drinking water that has dwindled in severe drought. The agreement this week marks the culmination of months of tumultuous negotiations among seven Western states, whose 40 […]