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March 2, 2015

Profile of the former Las Vegas water czar Pat Mulroy, solutions to rampant dust in Owen’s River Valley, community solar comes of age in the West, and more.

Feature

The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
Las Vegas’ Pat Mulroy initiated an era of deal-making that may buffer against catastrophic drought.

Current

Big dig, big disgrace
Big dig, big disgrace
A new mega-tunnel won’t save Seattle from the tyranny of traffic.
Most native tongues of the West are all but lost
Most native tongues of the West are all but lost
A map shows where just over 60 languages remain spoken around the region.
Community solar comes of age in the West
Community solar comes of age in the West
A neighborhood solar experiment in Washington gains traction in other states.
Latest: New pesticide regulations for Oregon timber companies
Latest: New pesticide regulations for Oregon timber companies
Companies must now give officials at least a week’s notice before spraying.
Latest: California fracking companies inject protected aquifers with wastewater
Latest: California fracking companies inject protected aquifers with wastewater
EPA found that state regulators allowed 2,500 to be contaminated.

Editor's Note

Uncommon Westerners

Keeping the dust down in California’s Owens Valley
Keeping the dust down in California’s Owens Valley
A civil engineer battles Los Angeles over its air pollution legacy.

Essays

Balancing the pulls of domesticity and wilderness
Balancing the pulls of domesticity and wilderness
How I take inspiration, and cautionary advice, from Ed Abbey’s family misadventures.

Dear Friends

January exodus
January exodus
HCN’ers get into the backcountry, editor Betsy Marston sees Berlin and art director Cindy Wehling takes a trip to Hawaii.

Book Reviews

Chronicling the work of an early Native American artist
Chronicling the work of an early Native American artist
Review of ‘In Search of Nampeyo: The Early Years, 1875-1892’ by Steve Elmore.
Grief’s possible outcomes
Grief’s possible outcomes
Review of ‘The Possibilities’ by Kaui Hart Hemmings.
Beauty and malevolence in Montana
Beauty and malevolence in Montana
Review of ‘The Ploughmen’ by Kim Zupan.

Heard Around the West

$300 fine for tracking mud on streets, dress codes for sheriffs, and more.
$300 fine for tracking mud on streets, dress codes for sheriffs, and more.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Letters