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Breakdown

January 11, 2010

California's Westlands irrigation district wants to blame a tiny endangered fish for its water troubles, but the real culprit is simply long-term drought.

Feature

‘The Cadillac of California irrigation districts’
‘The Cadillac of California irrigation districts’
California's Westlands irrigation district wants to blame the tiny and endangered Delta smelt for its water troubles, but the real culprit is simply long-term drought.

Editor's Note

Water war, or peace?
Water war, or peace?
Western water agencies reluctantly confront the fact that there’s simply not enough water to go around.

Current

Mountains of mercury
Mountains of mercury
The EPA has failed to regulate the mercury discharged from cement plants like the one in Durkee, Ore.

Uncommon Westerners

Legal pyro
Legal pyro
How Tahoe National Forest fire chief Jeanne Pincha-Tulley rose to the top rank of Forest Service disaster management.

Essays

Ending hunger
Ending hunger
A New Mexico woman fights hunger by sending healthy snacks home with schoolchildren every Friday.

Book Reviews

The genesis of the West
The genesis of the West
Douglas Brinkley's magisterial The Wilderness Warrior describes how Teddy Roosevelt created the American West we love today.

Dear Friends

Native power in Tucson
Native power in Tucson
HCN sponsors a conference on energy development and environmental activism on the Hopi and Navajo reservations; visitors; planning; corrections.

Two Weeks in the West

The EPA rides again
The EPA rides again
Under Lisa Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency swings into action, much to the dismay of ranchers and industry.

Evidence

Urban oilscape
Urban oilscape
Photos at the Center for Land Use Interpretation document Los Angeles's urban oil fields.

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