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  • Two weeks in the West

    Recent elections in the West show support for land-use planning and “convergence politics”; hunting declines in the West, but Satan keeps busy in Idaho, causing divorces.

  • Western water is petering out

    Pete Letheby says the West is headed for a hotter and drier future, and this time, as farmer Gerald Spangler warns him, we’re running out of groundwater.

  • Two weeks in the West

    A look at the recent California wildfires details how much they’ve cost so far and how many acres were burned, especially in the expanding wildland-urban interface.

  • L.A. Bets on the Farm

    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – the West’s most powerful water agency – uses a shrewd blend of Wall Street tactics and rural diplomacy to keep the water flowing to L.A. and its environs.

  • Exploring the shrinking marvel of Lake Powell

    Jonathan Thompson kayaks Lake Powell and finds it drastically changed – and shrunken – from the “Lake Foul” he first visited 20 years ago.

  • West’s forests will never be the same

    Paul VanDevelder warns that climate change could devastate the West’s forests, leaving nothing behind but parched grasslands.

  • Take back these drugs – please

    Some communities are trying to keep discarded pharmaceuticals out of the water supply by organizing “take-back programs” for leftover drugs

  • Facing the Yuck Factor

    As population growth and climate change stress the region’s water supplies, Westerners think hard about recycling their effluent, although some worry about the possibly harmful endocrine disrupters found in cleaned-up effluent.

  • When smoke gets in your life

    Alan Kesselheim misses the summers of the past, when Western skies were blue and clear and not blurred and choked with smoke and ash.

  • The inevitable fires next time

    Rocky Barker warns us that the new West is a world of inevitable, long-lasting and increasing forest fires.

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