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November 27, 2017

This issue addresses state lands, and what could come of the West's federal lands if they were transferred to states, a tenet of the Republican party platform. Our reporters investigate how wildlife, extractive industries and recreation are managed in New Mexico, North Dakota and Utah to better understand what's at stake.

Feature

A tale of two parks: How the Bakken boom transformed a landscape
A tale of two parks: How the Bakken boom transformed a landscape
While a North Dakota national park is an oasis from drilling, a nearby state park is thrown open.
Threatened plants on state lands have few protections
Threatened plants on state lands have few protections
Politics, land ownership and imperiled plants collide in New Mexico.

Current

Republican infighting; Bundy trial delayed; Western climate report
What drove an Interior whistleblower to dissent?
What drove an Interior whistleblower to dissent?
Climate change official Joel Clement was one of the few current staffers to speak out.
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Navajo council rejects plans for Escalade’s tram, shops, restaurants.
How an ancient potato helped people survive climate shifts
How an ancient potato helped people survive climate shifts
Utah-area tribes explain the continuing relevance of North America’s oldest spud.
The Navajo Nation has a wild horse problem
The Navajo Nation has a wild horse problem
The population is exploding, but the tribe doesn’t have funding to manage it.
Interior Department mired in investigations
Interior Department mired in investigations
Democrats vow to press the investigations while Zinke shrugs them off.
How states generate money from the land they own
How states generate money from the land they own
From Arizona to Oregon, states have different tactics to make money off their state trust lands.
In Utah, public access to state lands comes at a cost
In Utah, public access to state lands comes at a cost
Public access to trust lands varies widely from state to state.

Editor's Note

How do states treat the lands they own?
How do states treat the lands they own?
An investigation into state land management, to better understand what’s at stake in federal land transfers.

Essays

Katie Lee, champion of the Glen Canyon, remembered
Katie Lee, champion of the Glen Canyon, remembered
Craig Childs recalls the fearless conservationist who loved an undammed river.

Perspective

California, state of hate
California, state of hate
A rise in hate crimes through the eyes of a former white nationalist.
California, un estado de odio
California, un estado de odio
Un ex-defensor de la supremacía de la raza blanca observa el aumento en los crímenes de odio

Book Reviews

Photos that trace migrations through Yellowstone
Photos that trace migrations through Yellowstone
Ungulates overcome highways, rivers and other barriers while roaming the region.
The divides that unify a Southwestern village
The divides that unify a Southwestern village
Stanley Crawford writes about rifts between Anglo and Chicano neighbors.

Heard Around the West

Macho moose; thousand-dollar bobcat; lost in Dark Canyon
Macho moose; thousand-dollar bobcat; lost in Dark Canyon
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

High Country News visits Bears Ears
High Country News visits Bears Ears
Editorial takes a trip, our holiday party gets closer and welcome new staffers!

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