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December 23, 2013

Eucalyptus trees continue to push out California natives and stir controversy over where exotic species belong. Plus, Utahans respond to EPA vehicle emissions restrictions, a New Mexican’s love of figs, and more.

Feature

Eucalyptus: Beauty or Beast?
Eucalyptus: Beauty or Beast?
Restoration pits these exotics against California natives. But for some, they’re a natural.

Editor's Note

Environmentalists without borders
Environmentalists without borders
The blue gum eucalyptus and its cousins are not especially invasive, making it harder to agree on their management.

Current

Obama's most effective environmental action?
Obama's most effective environmental action?
Utah and other states like the new EPA regulations on vehicle emissions.
Art and the atomic age
Art and the atomic age
Radioactive disposal sites and other residuals of the bomb era.
Tribes struggle to house their ‘invisibly homeless’ veterans
Tribes struggle to house their ‘invisibly homeless’ veterans
Red tape makes it difficult for veterans in Indian Country to access a key federal assistance program.
Coalbed methane bust leaves thousands of orphaned gas wells in Wyoming
Coalbed methane bust leaves thousands of orphaned gas wells in Wyoming
And the state is starting to come to terms with an orphaned gas well problem.
The Latest: First federal prosecution of wind farm bird deaths
The Latest: First federal prosecution of wind farm bird deaths
Million dollar fine for Duke Energy in Wyoming.
The Latest: Southern Colorado protected from proposed Army base expansion
The Latest: Southern Colorado protected from proposed Army base expansion
Now, Fort Carson can't be enlarged without Congressional approval.

Uncommon Westerners

The fignificent fig man
The fignificent fig man
Lloyd Kreitzer’s journey as New Mexico’s premier fig grower.

Essays

Butcher of Heartache on the Bering Sea
Butcher of Heartache on the Bering Sea
A former newspaper copyeditor finds his way onboard a fishing boat.

Book Reviews

Vital Signs, a book by Juan Delgado and Thomas McGovern
Vital Signs, a book by Juan Delgado and Thomas McGovern
A poet and a photographer document San Bernardino, California.
An unvarnished view of America's best idea
An unvarnished view of America's best idea
A review of To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea by Robert B. Keiter.
The peace broker
The peace broker
A review of Common Ground on Hostile Turf: Stories from an Environmental Mediator by Lucy Moore.

Heard Around the West

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