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February 16, 2015

A long-standing dispute in Utah’s Escalante watershed comes to a head, wastewater spills in North Dakota oilfields, a statistician looks at the future of the shale oil boom, and more.

Feature

Chainsaw diplomacy
Chainsaw diplomacy
In southern Utah’s Escalante watershed, a river restoration group tries to cut through old cultural barriers.

Current

Wastewater pipelines often leak in North Dakota
Wastewater pipelines often leak in North Dakota
Breaches in pipelines that carry water away from the oilfields can have devastating consequences.
Statistical realism
Statistical realism
David Hughes crunches unpopular numbers for the shale oil boom.
Wilderness as therapist
Wilderness as therapist
A growing number of veterans and researchers are racing to understand nature’s power to heal.
The Latest: New Mexico fracking ban overturned
The Latest: New Mexico fracking ban overturned
A win for industry in the nation’s first county to ban the practice.
The Latest: Update on the endangered Pallid Sturgeon
The Latest: Update on the endangered Pallid Sturgeon
Scientists found that dams are indeed to blame for population declines.

Editor's Note

Essays

My kind of town: Livingston, Montana
My kind of town: Livingston, Montana
An essay on returning home to the West, after years abroad.

Book Reviews

Beautiful yet harrowing photos of urban sprawl
Beautiful yet harrowing photos of urban sprawl
Review of ‘Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain’ by Michael Light.
Pale hope in a dreary place
Pale hope in a dreary place
Review of ‘Pale Harvest’ by Braden Hepner.
Shooting life’s rapids
Shooting life’s rapids
Review of ‘If Not For This’ by Pete Fromm.

Heard Around the West

Long lost GoPro resurfaces; owl attacks in Oregon
Long lost GoPro resurfaces; owl attacks in Oregon
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

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