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June 22, 2015

Why the rare earths industry is about to bust in the American West, fracking-induced earthquakes, revival of a Montana mining town, and the sage grouse two-step. Cover image: Massimo Brega/The Lighthouse/Science Source

Feature

Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust
Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust
Forget the hype. In the global rush for energy-critical elements, our region can't compete.

Editor's Note

Current

The sage grouse two-step
The sage grouse two-step
Massive federal sage grouse conservation plans strike a delicate balance.
The scrappy effort to revive a former mining town
The scrappy effort to revive a former mining town
In Butte, Montana, optimism is booming.
Where industry makes earthquakes
Where industry makes earthquakes
Fracking has caused quakes in several states, but more research is needed.
Latest: A controversial ski resort proposal gets approval
Latest: A controversial ski resort proposal gets approval
A Colorado land swap with the Forest Service gives developers a green light.
Latest: Clean Water Act to protect more waterways
Latest: Clean Water Act to protect more waterways
After years of confusion over which waters are protected by the EPA, Waters of the US rule is updated.
Leaked natural gas, oil-price ripple effects and a live HCN forum on public lands management.

Essays

Reflections on the atomic blast test in Nevada
Reflections on the atomic blast test in Nevada
How the “typical American family” fared in “Doom Town,” 1953.

Multimedia

Photographs of open-air cremation in Colorado
Photographs of open-air cremation in Colorado
As eco-minded baby boomers age, they’re seeking alternatives to modern funerals.

Book Reviews

Oceanic photos and call to action
Oceanic photos and call to action
Review of ‘The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest’
Underdog roboticists
Underdog roboticists
Review of ‘Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream’ by Joshua Davis.
A border crossing gone wrong
A border crossing gone wrong
Review of ‘The Jaguar’s Children’ by John Vaillant.

Writers on the Range

Heard Around the West

Dear Friends

See you in July
See you in July
A skipped issue, a former editor publishes a book and visitors galore
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