Magazine
Ganjanomics

August 8, 2011

The marijuana growers of California's notorious "Emerald Triangle" wrestle with bringing their shadow economy into the light of day.

Feature

Ganjanomics: bringing Humboldt's shadow economy into the light
Ganjanomics: bringing Humboldt's shadow economy into the light
Marijuana growers and government officials in California's notorious "Emerald Triangle" work towards legitimizing the local cash crop.

Current

Re-watering Nevada's dying Walker Lake
Re-watering Nevada's dying Walker Lake
Walker Lake in northwestern Nevada has been dying for years, but locals and government officials are determined to restore it.
Barrow, Alaska: an unlikely boomtown
Barrow, Alaska: an unlikely boomtown
A Korean cabdriver finds an unlikely home in Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost town in the U.S.
Yellowstone leak highlights a different kind of oil spill
Yellowstone leak highlights a different kind of oil spill
A recent oil spill in Montana's Yellowstone River reminds Westerners that not all such environmental disasters happen in the Gulf of Mexico.

Editor's Note

Economies of vice
Economies of vice
If marijuana becomes fully legal and taxable, it won't be the first time authorities have learned that it's easier - and more profitable - to manage vice than to try to eliminate it.

Essays

 Adventuring on Colorado's big peaks
Adventuring on Colorado's big peaks
A woman finds solace and delight in climbing Colorado's highest and most challenging mountains.

Dear Friends

Welcome, new interns!
Welcome, new interns!
New interns Marian Lyman Kirst and Kimberly Hirai; correction.

Book Reviews

Portraits of the frontier West: A review of Western Heritage
Editor Paul Andrew Hutton gathers some award-winning articles on Western history and culture.
A Western mystery with an environmental twist: a review of Buried by the Roan
A Western mystery with an environmental twist: a review of Buried by the Roan
In Mark Stevens' second novel, Allison Coil, a tequila-drinking hunting guide, investigates a mysterious death in a remote landscape much sought after by oil and gas developers.

Letters