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March 16, 2015

Lessons from the fossil fuel boom and bust in New Mexico, rock snot stream ecology, water delivery in rural Navajo communities and more.

Feature

Lessons from boom and bust in New Mexico
Lessons from boom and bust in New Mexico
What we can learn from the oil and gas roller coaster ride in Farmington and beyond.

Editor's Note

Current

Governor Kitzhaber’s fall from grace
Governor Kitzhaber’s fall from grace
The peculiar and spectacular undoing of Oregon’s top official.
The case of the snotty streams
The case of the snotty streams
A mysterious algae known as “rock snot” is smothering wild rivers — and may hold clues to their future.
Health impacts of wood smoke
Health impacts of wood smoke
A look at which stoves and furnaces emit the most particles damaging to your health, plus which states burn the most wood.
The quietest and noisiest spots in the West
The quietest and noisiest spots in the West
Some places are 20 decibels or less, similar to levels in pre-Colonial times.
Latest: Oregon chub is no longer endangered
Latest: Oregon chub is no longer endangered
The species became the first fish to recover enough to be delisted.
Latest: A Washington county puts the brakes on a new oil-train facility
Latest: A Washington county puts the brakes on a new oil-train facility
In the wake of recent oil-train derailments, Skagit County wants Shell to do a full environmental review.

Uncommon Westerners

The woman who brings drinking water to remote Navajo homes
The woman who brings drinking water to remote Navajo homes
In the parched countryside, delivery means community.

Essays

A giant resort overshadows a tiny Colorado town
A giant resort overshadows a tiny Colorado town
A teacher's perspective of big changes to a small town.

Book Reviews

Photographs and writing on Yellowstone wildlife
Photographs and writing on Yellowstone wildlife
Review of “Yellowstone Wildlife: Ecology and Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.”
No empathy for traumatized men
No empathy for traumatized men
Review of “The Brightwood Stillness” by Mark Pomeroy.
Hollywood horse havoc
Hollywood horse havoc
Review of “Falling from Horses” by Molly Gloss.

Writers on the Range

Heard Around the West

Garden gnomes stolen; shipping container homes for sale
Garden gnomes stolen; shipping container homes for sale
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

See you in April!
See you in April!
HCN takes a printing break, and welcomes DC correspondent Elizabeth Shogren.

Letters

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