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When California Kicks Coal
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March 17, 2014

As California kicks its coal habit, economies across the West feel ripple effects. The Navajo Nation digs into its coal economy, geoduck fishermen in the Pacific Northwest take a new tack, and more.

Feature

California's energy policies have ripple effects across the West
California's energy policies have ripple effects across the West
As the Golden State shifts from coal to clean, economies in other states feel it too.
Navajo Nation bets on coal
Navajo Nation bets on coal
A tribe digs into a dying industry.
Go West, clean megawatts
Go West, clean megawatts
Nevada stakes its renewable energy future on California.

Current

The farm bill and the precipitous decline of monarch butterflies
The farm bill and the precipitous decline of monarch butterflies
The fate of pollinators like monarchs is intertwined with federal policy.
A plague of tumbleweeds
A plague of tumbleweeds
A handy pamphlet on how to dig out from a tumbleweed takeover of sci-fi proportions.
The toxic legacy of Exxon Valdez
The toxic legacy of Exxon Valdez
We are just beginning to understand the true cost of one of America's worst ecological disasters.
The Latest: Another Hanford whistleblower fired
The Latest: Another Hanford whistleblower fired
A long history of mismanagement at the nuclear waste site drags on.
The Latest: Colorado first state to regulate methane emissions
The Latest: Colorado first state to regulate methane emissions
Some oil and gas companies supported the rules.

Editor's Note

The long arm of California energy policy
The long arm of California energy policy
The Golden State's legacy in the Interior West is about to change.

Essays

Happy housewarming, Charlie Brown
Happy housewarming, Charlie Brown
A couple restores a Seattle home and honors the Austrian Jewish couple who once lived there.

Multimedia

Geoduck fishermen switch to urchins off Washington’s coast
Geoduck fishermen switch to urchins off Washington’s coast
China banned West Coast shellfish after finding traces of toxins.

Book Reviews

Cracks in the urban-chic facade
Cracks in the urban-chic facade
Review of 'The Residue Years' by Mitchell S. Jackson
Ordinary people
Ordinary people
Review of 'Return to Oakpine' by Ron Carlson

Heard Around the West

Dear Friends

It's spring break time again!
It's spring break time again!
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