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August 21, 2017

This issue delves into the forces that shape our energy system – from corporate profit motives, to the individuals with solar panels on their roofs. These decisions affect our ability to mitigate climate change, which is also touched on in this issue from the Southwest’s songbirds struggling with increased heatwaves, to volunteer firefighters battling more wildfires.

Feature

In solar scuffle, big utilities meet their match
In solar scuffle, big utilities meet their match
Solar advocates win a surprising victory in Nevada.
One grid to rule them all
One grid to rule them all
And in the darkness, bind them: The West’s bid for one big electric grid.

Editor's Note

When solar eclipses coal
When solar eclipses coal
A solar eclipse comes to the West as solar energy surges past coal.

Current

Latest: Malheur occupiers sentenced
Latest: Malheur occupiers sentenced
Ten other participants still await their punishment.
Latest: Utah counties claim access to old roads
Latest: Utah counties claim access to old roads
A convoluted legal battle takes a step forward.
U.S. House moves to streamline water projects
U.S. House moves to streamline water projects
A controversial bill would weaken states’ control over water.
Legal scholars dispute whether monuments are permanent
Legal scholars dispute whether monuments are permanent
Courts likely will decide the fate of designations threatened by Trump’s review.
Under Trump, tribal land ownership is not a priority
Under Trump, tribal land ownership is not a priority
Hearings and Interior statements signal a step back for tribes trying to acquire lands.
Desert songbirds struggle with more frequent heat waves
Desert songbirds struggle with more frequent heat waves
The number of days Southwestern birds face deadly dehydration may be increasing.
Sage grouse changes; Superfund funding; Sacrificial sea lions

Essays

Hunting for feral figs
Hunting for feral figs
The gem-like fruit are best when found free in the urban wilds.

Book Reviews

What a doctor learns after a life’s work
What a doctor learns after a life’s work
A pediatrician reflects on his work in Navajo Nation.
The mystery of owls, revealed
The mystery of owls, revealed
A deep look at 53 owl species, their habitats, mating rituals and more.

Writers on the Range

What would the rural West do without volunteer firefighters?
What would the rural West do without volunteer firefighters?
Small-town firefighters are often first responders to some of the biggest blazes.

Heard Around the West

A human head for a bear’s snack; lost in the wild; a dog returns home
A human head for a bear’s snack; lost in the wild; a dog returns home
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

A monsoon stream of dear friends
A monsoon stream of dear friends
We welcome a new staffer, and the return of another.

Letters

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