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High Country News March 17, 2014

Feature

California's energy policies have ripple effects across the West

As the Golden State shifts from coal to clean, economies in other states feel it too.

Navajo Nation bets on coal

A tribe digs into a dying industry.

Go West, clean megawatts

Nevada stakes its renewable energy future on California.

Current

The farm bill and the precipitous decline of monarch butterflies

The fate of pollinators like monarchs is intertwined with federal policy.

A plague of tumbleweeds

A handy pamphlet on how to dig out from a tumbleweed takeover of sci-fi proportions.

The toxic legacy of Exxon Valdez

We are just beginning to understand the true cost of one of America's worst ecological disasters.

The Latest: Another Hanford whistleblower fired

A long history of mismanagement at the nuclear waste site drags on.

The Latest: Colorado first state to regulate methane emissions

Some oil and gas companies supported the rules.

Editor's Note

The long arm of California energy policy

The Golden State's legacy in the Interior West is about to change.

Dear Friends

It's spring break time again!

Happy birthday to our founder, Tom Bell, plus friends stop by the office.

Book Reviews

Cracks in the urban-chic facade

Review of 'The Residue Years' by Mitchell S. Jackson

Ordinary people

Review of 'Return to Oakpine' by Ron Carlson

Essays

Happy housewarming, Charlie Brown

A couple restores a Seattle home and honors the Austrian Jewish couple who once lived there.

Heard Around the West

Absurdly high rents in North Dakota, feral chihuahuas, and "meth" candy in Albuquerque.

Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.

Multimedia

Geoduck fishermen switch to urchins off Washington's coast

China banned West Coast shellfish after finding traces of toxins.

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