Magazine
The People of the Sea

March 3, 2008

California’s Salton Sea is at a crossroads, but whether it dries up and blows away or is restored and rejuvenated, the future does not look bright for its resident renegades, retirees and recluses.

Feature

The People of the Sea
California’s Salton Sea is at a crossroads, but whether it dries up and blows away or is restored and rejuvenated, the future does not look bright for its resident renegades, retirees and recluses.

Editor's Note

Don’t write off this story yet
The Salton Sea might appear to be dying, but like many another story in the West, it isn’t over with yet.

Uncommon Westerners

I was a closet environmentalist
Roger Muggli might be the busiest man in eastern Montana, what with his family farm, his feed-pellet plant, his dedicated work on water issues and his quiet, steadfast environmentalism.

Essays

Staying put
These days, Ana Maria Spagna travels only in her imagination, as she and her partner, Laurie, stay home and care for their elderly, dying and much-loved cat, Daisy.

Writers on the Range

We’re in a land of Lincoln
For better and for worse, the West of today was created by Abraham Lincoln and the early Republican Party.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Visitors; Paolo Bacigalupi’s book of sci-fi stories, Pump Six and Other Stories, is published; photographer and wilderness advocate Ernie Day dies; corrections.

News

CSI: Critter Crime
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s forensic lab in Ashland, Ore., tackles wildlife crime from around the world.
Havana goes West
Conservative Western politicians such as Idaho Gov. Butch Otter are working to end the United States’ trade and travel embargo against Cuba.

Book Reviews

Men, machines, memories
In Five Skies, novelist Ron Carlson tells the terse and occasionally poetic stories of three emotionally damaged men working in Idaho for the summer.
Remembering Rrrrrip City!
The essays in Matt Love’s anthology Red Hot and Rollin’ take a lively and nostalgic look at Oregon in 1977, the year the Portland Trailblazers won their one and only NBA championship.

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
Karen Claver delivers the mail in remote, rural northern Montana; The Duane B. Hagadone Heliport Blues; neighbor vs. neighbor over Arizona “pop-ups”; and New York’s famous Moondance Diner moves to Wyoming, blizzards and all.

Letters

Two Weeks in the West

Two weeks in the West
Quagga mussels hit the jackpot in Nevada; Lakes Mead and Powell are in trouble; lots and lots and lots of snow – and a few ambitious ski resorts; and Colorado is building a vegetated overpass for wildlife on I-70.