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February 22, 2016

In the West's argument over fracking, it matters less what's said than who says it. Plus, a dry future for Central Valley farming and new research into the past comes from packrat middens.

Feature

The fractured terrain of oil and gas opposition
The fractured terrain of oil and gas opposition
In one of the West’s biggest arguments, the battle lines are complicated and opaque.

Current

Bishop’s ‘Grand Bargain’ in Utah is no deal, say enviros
Bishop’s ‘Grand Bargain’ in Utah is no deal, say enviros
The much-anticipated land-use plan has ramped up the tensions it promised to defuse.
Far from home, the West’s foreign sheepherders get a pay raise
Far from home, the West’s foreign sheepherders get a pay raise
Since the ’50s, Western states have brought in international workers but offer them few of the benefits given other workers.
Latest: New Mexico land deal opens wilderness access
Latest: New Mexico land deal opens wilderness access
The Sabinoso Wilderness Area was impossible to access for years, thanks to private landowners.
Latest: Klamath dams to come down
Latest: Klamath dams to come down
A deal that would have supplied water to irrigators and tribes fell apart.
Scientists dig up the past in packrat middens
Scientists dig up the past in packrat middens
The animals’ sturdy nests can preserve clues about the climate for 50,000 years or more.
A dry future weighs heavy on California agriculture
A dry future weighs heavy on California agriculture
Something’s got to give in Central Valley farming. The only question is what.
A strong Western snowpack, sexual harassment in the Grand Canyon and leaky oil and gas production

Editor's Note

Essays

The time of painful impossibilities
The time of painful impossibilities
A reading by U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

Book Reviews

How the wild Northern Rockies were saved — and who led the way
How the wild Northern Rockies were saved — and who led the way
A new book looks at the ordinary citizens who fought for wilderness designations.
The ‘poisoned landscapes’ we leave behind
The ‘poisoned landscapes’ we leave behind
Q&A with photographer David T. Hanson about his new book, ‘Wilderness to Wasteland,’ which shows a dystopian side of progress.

Writers on the Range

It’s been a deadly winter for backcountry fun
It’s been a deadly winter for backcountry fun
What would it take to keep snowmobilers and others safe in avalanche terrain?

Heard Around the West

A wolf in elk’s clothing?
A wolf in elk’s clothing?
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

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