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August 5, 2013

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.

Feature

Can we save Mojave desert tortoises by moving them out of harm’s way?
Can we save Mojave desert tortoises by moving them out of harm’s way?
The feds aim to save threatened tortoises by moving them out of the path of development, but no one knows if the strategy really works.

Current

Climate-forced water planning in Washington’s Yakima Valley
Climate-forced water planning in Washington’s Yakima Valley
Prepping for future climate change means fixing past mistakes
What’s in the water in Woods Cross?
What’s in the water in Woods Cross?
A Salt Lake City suburb weighs environmental risk as it grapples with drinking water contamination
Flume fever: a monument to gold mining history is reconstructed
Flume fever: a monument to gold mining history is reconstructed
A hanging flume, attached to a canyon wall, captures the imagination of locals and heritage tourists alike.
The Bakken oilfields: ‘No place for a woman’
The Bakken oilfields: ‘No place for a woman’
One woman’s effort to survive the Great Recession in booming North Dakota.
The Latest: Mining claims halted in some areas
The Latest: Mining claims halted in some areas
BLM gives priority to solar development on 300,000 acres.
En-lightning statistics
En-lightning statistics
Why lightning fatalities have drastically decreased
Fracking fashionistas
Fracking fashionistas
Safety regulations spur new fashions for oil and gas workers

Editor's Note

The ever-shrinking West
The ever-shrinking West
Current conservation practices haven't helped the desert tortoise in the Mojave.

Essays

The Blue Window
The Blue Window
Journeying from redrock desert to an icy wasteland: an essay

Book Reviews

Ghost of a chance
Ghost of a chance
A review of We Live in Water by Jess Walter
Reading to maturity
Reading to maturity
A review of Works Cited: An Alphabetical Odyssey of Mayhem and Misbehavior by Brandon R. Schrand
A review of Animal Crackers
A review of Animal Crackers
A children's book for adults shows the tables turned on humans in gruesome detail.

Heard Around the West

Smokey the Bear gets cuddly
Smokey the Bear gets cuddly
River guide jokes, Smokey the Bear's latest makeover, and more

Dear Friends

HCN welcomes new interns and employees
HCN welcomes new interns and employees
Journalism bootcamp begins for two interns, and a new online editor, ad salesperson, and development assistant have joined HCN

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