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  • Toothy nuisance moves north

    Nutria, destructive beaver-like mammals from South America, are moving into the Skagit River Valley of northwestern Washington, and some believe a warming climate is to blame

  • Drought brings new dust storms to the geographic heart of the Dust Bowl

    Drought brings new dust storms to the geographic heart of the Dust Bowl

    Despite an infusion of moisture, pockets of the Southern High Plains have been plagued with dusters and inundated with tumbleweeds.

  • Drought pinches Colorado River reservoirs

    A serious drought in the Colorado River watershed has California and Arizona wondering where the water will come from.

  • Save Our Snow

    Faced with rising temperatures and a passive federal government, Western towns such as Aspen, Colo., are beginning to work out a local approach to combating global warming

  • Hot times — hot damn

    Michelle Nijhuis has just won the 2006 Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism for her series on global warming in the West, which concludes with this issue’s feature story

  • Who'll stop the rain?

    January may have brought rain and snow to parts of the West, but the study of past climates warns us that we still have to learn to live with drought

  • The wind eternal

    The warm chinook winds of Cody, Wyo. keep temperatures mild as they sand away at the town with a steady gale.

  • What's worse than the worst-case scenario? Real life

    Ten years ago, Ben Harding created a worst-case drought scenario for a U.S. Geological Survey study, but the current drought on the Colorado River may be even worse than he imagined

  • Troubled — and shallow — waters on the West's largest river

    The Columbia River Basin's serious drought means a hard choice between fish and hydropower

  • A little flash flooding can be a wonderful thing

    The writer recounts the joys of minor flash flooding at Arches and notes that rains once again flooded a road inside the park

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