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A landscape of surprises April 14, 2014

A landscape of surprises

A paralyzed athlete pushes the limits of adventure sports, a prime grizzly-watching spot, monster mosquitoes, travel horror stories and more from our third-annual Travel Issue.

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When California Kicks Coal March 17, 2014

When California Kicks Coal

As California kicks its coal habit, economies across the West feel ripple effects. The Navajo Nation digs into its coal economy, geoduck fishermen in the Pacific Northwest take a new tack, and more.

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Fallon’s deadly legacy March 03, 2014

Fallon’s deadly legacy

A small Nevada town struggles with a legacy of cancer, a Californian works to protect ancient petroglyphs in the face of solar development, the newly unendangered minnow, and more.

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The Gila $olution February 17, 2014

The Gila $olution

A grazing buyout program to ease tensions between ranchers and wolf advocates in New Mexico, Native American super heroes, a bacteria that could save bats and frogs from deadly disease, and more.

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The Hanford Whistleblowers February 03, 2014

The Hanford Whistleblowers

An extensive look at nuclear waste whistleblowers of ages past, what it means that rural communities get the short end of the stick with internet access, changes in the wilderness therapy industry, and more.

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Building a More Sustainable West, One City at a Time January 20, 2014

Building a More Sustainable West, One City at a Time

In HCN’s second annual issue dedicated to the future of the West, we take a special look at urban sustainability. Packed with facts, figures, and uncommon narratives, this issue includes stories of new and surprising sustainability initiatives in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and more.

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Beauty or Beast December 23, 2013

Beauty or Beast

Eucalyptus trees continue to push out California natives and stir controversy over where exotic species belong. Plus, Utahans respond to EPA vehicle emissions restrictions, a New Mexican’s love of figs, and more.

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The Tree Coroners December 09, 2013

The Tree Coroners

To save the West’s forests, scientists must first learn how trees die.

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Ecosystems 101 November 25, 2013

Ecosystems 101

Research reveals the complexity of the Bristol Bay ecosystem and of Alaska’s mighty salmon runs. Plus, Montana tribes will be the first to own a hydroelectric dam, an Oklahoma senator offers a financial fix for our national treasures, and more.

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Cosmic Prospecting November 11, 2013

Cosmic Prospecting

An old South Dakota mining town transforms itself by investing in an underground neutrino research facility, upstart kayakers try to get rivers opened to boaters in Yellowstone, mountain goats get paintballed in Idaho, and Southwesterners continue to be utterly fascinated with the possibilities of outer space.

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Lifeblood of the Delta October 28, 2013

Lifeblood of the Delta

Taking an in-depth look at whether the Colorado River could flow to the sea again, despite one of the worst droughts of the millennium. Plus how dozens of Alaskan schools are closing in small villages, how a fire could help Gila trout make a comeback, zombie survival strategies and more.

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The New Geronimo? October 14, 2013

The New Geronimo?

An Apache from Oklahoma fights his kin to build a casino and bring his people home to New Mexico. Plus how we can learn to live with flooding, New Mexico’s attempt to roll back groundwater protections, the mysterious reappearance of a special bumblebee species, and more.

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Intimate Geographies September 16, 2013

Intimate Geographies

With some of the West's most insightful authors as our guides, each fall we briefly set aside the news to create a special books/essays issue and take a more reflective look at our region. This year's books/essays issue explores ways of looking at a landscape and locating ourselves within it.

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Of Sparrows and Sodbusters September 02, 2013

Of Sparrows and Sodbusters

Western and Mexican conservationists race to save grasslands -- and the species that depend on them. Plus, Idaho's power struggle, community-driven efforts to regulate fracking, and more.

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Dinosaur Wars August 19, 2013

Dinosaur Wars

A stunning fossil site is found in Montana, but will it ever be studied by scientists? Plus Navajo activist Klee Benally, edible invasives, environmental lawsuits, photographs from a Hotshot on the line, debate over grizzly numbers in Greater Yellowstone and more.

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Mojave Squeeze August 05, 2013

Mojave Squeeze

Development and an unproven conservation strategy put the desert tortoise in a tight spot, life in the Bakken for its few female workers, water pollution in the eyes of the EPA and a Utah community, and more.

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Red Rock Resolution? July 22, 2013

Red Rock Resolution?

One of the West's most conservative, pro-industry lawmakers could put an end to Utah's wilderness stalemate. Plus, the Yarnell Hill wildfire, Obama's natural gas pitch, the EPA looks at Alaska's proposed Pebble Mine, and more.

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Water Rights June 24, 2013

Water Rights

Latino communities in California's Central Valley struggle with water pollution, plus the West's rising importance as a helium producer, Hal Herring's take on oil and gas exploitation along Montana's Rocky Mountain Front, and more.

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Paradise at a Price June 10, 2013

Paradise at a Price

Can environmentalists and affordable housing activists in Jackson, Wyoming settle their differences? Plus, using nautical records from centuries past to model climate modeling technology, the economic gains of wildfire, Latino radio incorporates public service, and more.

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Haywired May 27, 2013

Haywired

Can the enormous, intricate and fragile electric grid play nice with increased renewable energy production? Plus, Alaska's bald eagles, selling a Utah ghost town, hummingbird-inspired drones, and more.

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Right-wing Migration May 13, 2013

Right-wing Migration

Conservative newcomers to Northern Idaho fight against the region's Democrats, and themselves. Plus, the Southwest's drought continues, midget faded rattlesnakes get a closer look from researchers, HCN follows a Montana wolf hunt, and more.

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A New Forest Paradigm April 29, 2013

A New Forest Paradigm

Reassessing the 20-year-old Northwest Forest Plan, wolf trapping in Idaho, Idaho ranchers find common ground with the BLM while fighting range fires, and more.

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Sacrificial Land April 15, 2013

Sacrificial Land

Desert dwellers wonder if renewable energy farms will dominate the Mojave Desert, how the federally-induced sequester will impact the West, California's new carbon cap and trade market goes into effect, and more.

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Second annual travel issue March 18, 2013

Second annual travel issue

A BLM junkie explores little-known lands; a sea kayaker paddles the Inside Passage; and other tales of travel and adventure from around the West.

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Uncertain Landing March 04, 2013

Uncertain Landing

Mammoth Lakes, California and the rest of the ski industry face climate change. Also, Obama nominates a recreation industry magnate as Secretary of the Interior, the information age renders remote archeological sites increasingly accessible, Lake Mead reveals a long-sunken ghost town, scientists track the surprising and increasingly urban movement of mountain lions, and more.

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