California

‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it
‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it
Improved storm forecasts could help reservoir managers store more water while avoiding floods.
How Trump’s tax bill pits the rich against the poor
How Trump’s tax bill pits the rich against the poor
We are witnessing a government restructuring and a cultural divide widening.
2017 in natural disasters
2017 in natural disasters
From massive wildfires to melting ice, the calamities that affected the West this year.
Mucking around San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay: Portrait of an Estuary by John Hart pairs beautiful photos with an intriguing history of the pollution -- and the reclamation -- of the bay area
Vernal pools fall to a shopping mall
A shopping center and apartment complex destroyed over 60 of the vernal pools necessary to endangered San Diego fairy shrimp, and despite the Multiple Species Conservation Program, only one of the pools was saved
Conservation in an imperfect world
San Diego’s Multiple Species Conservation Program is a groundbreaking attempt to protect wildlife habitat, but some say it is still not enough to save the imperiled wildlife of Southern California
San Diego’s Habitat Triage
San Diego, Calif., adopted its groundbreaking Multiple Species Conservation Program to protect wildlife habitat while allowing for continued community growth – but critics say endangered wildlife is the loser in the deal
Heard Around the West
Desert residents vs. desert sand; really overdue library books; Ken Lay’s Aspen real estate woes; sage grouse vs. jets in Wyoming; "emergency phone" calls in North Dakota; gardener named Gardener vs. Laramie, Wyo.; and Oregon driver vs. bee
Watershed moment
The residents of McCloud, Calif., a struggling former timber town, are fighting over whether corporate giant Nestle should be allowed to build a bottling plant that makes use of the local spring water