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December 22, 2014

New research from dust experts, non-native goats in the La Sal Mountains, new drone laws, Navajo Nation presidential election and more.

Feature

The dust detectives
The dust detectives
Scientists are closer than ever to understanding how microscopic airborne particles shape the Earth, and the West.

Current

Aerial photos of drilling at Pawnee grassland
Aerial photos of drilling at Pawnee grassland
Oil and gas development has been ongoing for decades in northeastern Colorado.
A question of fluency on the Navajo Nation
A question of fluency on the Navajo Nation
A cultural debate leaves the presidency in limbo.
Non-native goats in Utah’s La Sal Mountains
Non-native goats in Utah’s La Sal Mountains
How bad are these ungulates for the ecosystem?
Game of drones
Game of drones
Nevada looks to the boom in unmanned aerial vehicles for an economic boost.
Descent into an ice-age bonebed in Wyoming
Descent into an ice-age bonebed in Wyoming
The giant pit may hold clues about the demise of the West’s ancient megafauna.
The Latest: EPA released final cleanup order for Duwamish River
The Latest: EPA released final cleanup order for Duwamish River
A million cubic yards of toxic sludge will be dredged from Seattle’s only river.
The Latest: Protective settlement reached for Roan Plateau
The Latest: Protective settlement reached for Roan Plateau
Industry and environmentalists compromised on the embattled Colorado mesa.

Editor's Note

Dust to dust
Dust to dust

Essays

Hunting for scorpions
Hunting for scorpions
Seeking one of Earth’s most ancient land invertebrates.

Writers on the Range

Aquifer recharging can help stanch drought
Aquifer recharging can help stanch drought
Oregon is successfully capturing runoff to underground storage.

Book Reviews

Photographs of New Mexicans spanning 20 years
Photographs of New Mexicans spanning 20 years
Review of “Taos Portraits: Photos by Paul O’Connor.”
Shards of hope in the Mojave
Shards of hope in the Mojave
Review of “29” by Mary Sojourner.
Six decades of river exploration
Six decades of river exploration
Review of “Downstream Toward Home” by Oliver A. Houck.

Heard Around the West

Grinchosaurus in Utah, an exchange of letters with Wendell Berry and more.
Grinchosaurus in Utah, an exchange of letters with Wendell Berry and more.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Holiday publishing break
Holiday publishing break
Welcome new employees, and farewell Martin Litton

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