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Alaska's Uncertain Food Future August 18, 2014

Alaska's Uncertain Food Future

Climate change threatens food security in parts of Alaska, Colorado’s fracking fight, prickly pears are farmed in California, a coal mine expansion is halted in a surprising climate court case, and more.

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Idaho's Sewer System August 04, 2014

Idaho's Sewer System

The Snake River is used as a sewer system for Big Ag in Idaho, temperature predictions for Western cities in 2100, women in the legislature and potential protection for wolverines in an era of climate change.

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On the Wild Edge July 21, 2014

On the Wild Edge

Reflections on wilderness at 50, Craig Childs riding with motorheads in Utah, and what a historic moment for the Clean Air Act means for climate.

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River of No Return June 23, 2014

River of No Return

A close look at Seattle’s embattled Duwamish Waterway and the superfund cleanup that has the chance to bring it back to life, tribes get in the payday lending game, divers explore underwater national park treasures, and more.

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Border Out of Control June 09, 2014

Border Out of Control

National security runs roughshod over the Arizona desert, a radioactive leak in New Mexico makes the future of nuclear waste disposal even more elusive, wolverines, brine shrimp, and more.

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The Great Gun Rights Divide May 26, 2014

The Great Gun Rights Divide

A liberal gun owner finds 'gun nuts' on both sides of the debate, an excerpt from Julene Bair's book 'The Ogallala Road,' state and federal agencies feud over predator control in Alaska, California's water crisis, and more.

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Parks for All? May 12, 2014

Parks for All?

The National Park Service struggles to connect with a changing, and diverse, America. A Nevada rancher creates a Sagebrush Rebellion flare-up that’s particularly fierce. State wildlife agencies try to broaden funding sources as their duties and responsibilities expand.

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Two-Wheel Revolution April 28, 2014

Two-Wheel Revolution

A biking revolution in Gallup may bring new life to this sleepy town, a look at why dangerous places are often the most desirable to live in, discovery of a fish in Montana, and more.

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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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