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November 25, 2013

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.

Feature

Hard lessons from the mighty salmon runs of Bristol Bay
Hard lessons from the mighty salmon runs of Bristol Bay
The world’s longest ongoing salmon research reveals the astounding complexity of wild ecosystems -- and how easily it can be lost.

Editor's Note

Restoring the red pulse
Restoring the red pulse
Alaska’s Bristol Bay can teach us how to preserve what we still have and to restore what we’ve lost.

Current

The national park popularity contest
The national park popularity contest
An Oklahoma senator’s financial fix for our national treasures.
The great nonflagration?
The great nonflagration?
Despite a few high-profile wildfires, 2013 was a fairly quiet fire season after all.
A demographer predicts big changes for the West’s housing landscape
A demographer predicts big changes for the West’s housing landscape
Are we all headed to “megapolitan” areas like the Wasatch Front and Sun Corridor?
Montana tribes will be the first to own a hydroelectric dam
Montana tribes will be the first to own a hydroelectric dam
The three tribes of the Flathead Reservation may see significant economic and cultural benefits.
A Colorado carpenter takes a chance on hemp
A Colorado carpenter takes a chance on hemp
Can an agrarian insurrection revitalize this High Plains town?
The Latest: Court strikes down BLM plan in Utah
The Latest: Court strikes down BLM plan in Utah
The plan failed to adequately protect archaeological sites or control off-road vehicles.
The Latest: Teton pronghorn migration helped by overpasses
The Latest: Teton pronghorn migration helped by overpasses
The animals are using state-built bridges to cross deadly Highway 191.

Essays

On (not) being Jane Goodall
On (not) being Jane Goodall
A writer wonders what it would be like to study the coati, a Southwestern cousin of the raccoon.

Book Reviews

Redrock storyscapes
Redrock storyscapes
A review of Utah’s Canyon Country Place Names, Volume 1 & 2 by Steve Allen

Heard Around the West

"Bear with me," he said, and meant it
"Bear with me," he said, and meant it
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.

Dear Friends

California Boomin’
California Boomin’
Former HCN editor takes the reins of a California journal, and friends come to visit the office from near and far.

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