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December 21, 2015

The researchers digging up mysteries of the ocean in Nevada's desert, plus death by cop and gun control in the West. Cover illustration: Shonisaurus popularis and Californosaurus perrini, depicted by Boise illustrator Todd Marshall.

Feature

New clues to the past in Nevada's desert fossils
New clues to the past in Nevada's desert fossils
Scientific inquiry is a process of constant revision. And revision is where the most intriguing discoveries happen.

Editor's Note

Current

Why Westerners die at the hands of cops
Why Westerners die at the hands of cops
Jack Yantis, an Idaho rancher, raised the profile of rural police brutality.
These are your state’s gun laws
These are your state’s gun laws
In the wake of mass killings, a state-by-state look at Western gun policy.
Highway injustice in Denver’s Latino neighborhoods
Highway injustice in Denver’s Latino neighborhoods
Poor districts have breathed I-70’s pollution for decades. Now they’re facing its expansion.
To save a pine tree, researchers fight fungus with fungus
To save a pine tree, researchers fight fungus with fungus
White bark pines are dying from infection across the Northern Rockies.
The story behind a saved cienega in New Mexico
The story behind a saved cienega in New Mexico
A rancher fights to protect a restored wetland against torrential rain and other threats.
Two visions collide in Utah’s Wasatch Range
Two visions collide in Utah’s Wasatch Range
As ski resorts push for a mega-connection, backcountry skiers try to save some wild.
Latest: Gila River diversion inches forward
Latest: Gila River diversion inches forward
The project will start environment reviews, but it's far from a done deal.
Latest: Arizona forest restoration project falls short
Latest: Arizona forest restoration project falls short
The Four Forest Restoration Initiative was supposed to be the largest such project ever attempted.
Pot dollars and range riders
Pot dollars and range riders
News in brief.

Essays

The mysteries of the everyday
The mysteries of the everyday
A writer and her family court the unknown.

Book Reviews

Searching for the good fight in the Nez Perce War
Searching for the good fight in the Nez Perce War
A review of William T. Vollmann's “The Dying Grass”
The Corps of Discovery, after the apocalypse
The Corps of Discovery, after the apocalypse
Review of Benjamin Percy's “The Dead Lands.”

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