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June 13, 2016

Oregon’s obscure terminal lakes feed millions of migrating birds, but now they need life support of their own. Plus, disenfranchised Native Americans in Utah and Arizona's tough water choices.

Feature

When water turns to dust
When water turns to dust
In Oregon, a cluster of lakes is drying up — with dire impacts for the millions of migrating birds that survive off them.

Current

Federal-lands ranching: A half-century of decline
Federal-lands ranching: A half-century of decline
How grazing fell from its Western pedestal — and fueled Sagebrush Rebellion.
Arizona fends off threats to water supplies
Arizona fends off threats to water supplies
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey is sticking by regulations and negotiating deals.
El Niño adds fuel to Southwestern fires
El Niño adds fuel to Southwestern fires
In California, Arizona and New Mexico, an underperforming weather pattern increased wildfire risk.
How a Utah county silenced Native American voters — and how Navajos are fighting back
How a Utah county silenced Native American voters — and how Navajos are fighting back
A series of lawsuits could help counteract decades of racist practices.
Horse catheters in classrooms, a crackdown on toxics, and an update on the Animas River
Latest: After 26 years, a settlement over Rocky Flats plutonium contamination
Latest: After 26 years, a settlement over Rocky Flats plutonium contamination
The site near Denver was once home to a nuclear weapons plant.
Latest: Elk, not bison, are spreading disease near Yellowstone
Latest: Elk, not bison, are spreading disease near Yellowstone
Agencies have historically culled bison to prevent the spread of brucellosis to cattle.

Editor's Note

Essays

Taking water’s measure
Taking water’s measure
A three-day trip to measure Montana’s snowpack follows a century of tradition.

Writers on the Range

It’s time for our legislators to stop ignoring science
It’s time for our legislators to stop ignoring science
How public policy-making ought to work: Get the facts, make the policy.

Book Reviews

The lost in canyon country
The lost in canyon country
A new book recounts the many mysterious disappearances in the Western desert.
Photos: Underwater wilderness in the Pacific Northwest
Photos: Underwater wilderness in the Pacific Northwest
A review of David Hall’s “Beneath Cold Seas”

Heard Around the West

Canadians’ bad behavior, a cat-lover’s nightmare and gun-toting steeds
Canadians’ bad behavior, a cat-lover’s nightmare and gun-toting steeds
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

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