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August 4, 2014

The Snake River is used as a sewer system for Big Ag in Idaho, temperature predictions for Western cities in 2100, women in the legislature and potential protection for wolverines in an era of climate change.

Feature

Idaho’s sewer system is the Snake River
Idaho’s sewer system is the Snake River
As Big Ag flourishes, this massive waterway suffers.

Editor's Note

Taking the romance out of farming
Taking the romance out of farming
Some farms are using the river as their sewer.

Current

Climate changes for wolverine listing
Climate changes for wolverine listing
What good can the Endangered Species Act do in a warming world?
What the West will feel like in 2100
What the West will feel like in 2100
Scenarios for how our cities will change with the climate.
Women in Western legislatures
Women in Western legislatures
Which states are lagging and which lead the way?
Fracking without fresh water
Fracking without fresh water
A Texas oil company looks for other ways to supply its water needs.
The Latest: 20,000 Utah acres protected from drilling
The Latest: 20,000 Utah acres protected from drilling
A landswap that will keep the oil and gas industry from Desolation Canyon.

Uncommon Westerners

The roads scholar
The roads scholar
An ecologist helps wildlife safely cross highways.

Essays

Summer swimming in a Washington lake
Summer swimming in a Washington lake
A writer takes the plunge in frigid water.

Book Reviews

The Ansel Adams Wilderness
The Ansel Adams Wilderness
National Geographic photographer follows in big footsteps.
The bomb builders’ wives
The bomb builders’ wives
Review of ‘The wives of Los Alamos’ by Tarashea Nesbit.
Lay of the land
Lay of the land
Review of ‘How to Read the American West: A Field Guide’ by William Wyckoff

Writers on the Range

A once nomadic firefighter decides to stay put
A once nomadic firefighter decides to stay put
The author sees wildfires differently now that she's settled down.
The Tea Party loses one in Colorado
The Tea Party loses one in Colorado
How this candidate for sheriff lost an election in Grand Junction.

Heard Around the West

California water waster fines and condoms from conservationists.
California water waster fines and condoms from conservationists.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

New kids in town
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