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Change Comes to Short Creek
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May 1, 2017

In this issue, our feature story explores a small corner of the region: A fundamentalist empire called Short Creek on the Arizona-Utah border that's feeling the encroaching pressure of the modern-day West. There we find uncomfortable truth — but an important aspect of the past. In the rest of the issue, we have an eye on the future: A Westerner on the Supreme Court, and solutions to endless sprawl in water-scarce Arizona.

Feature

What happens when the church comes for your kids?
What happens when the church comes for your kids?
Former FLDS members fight for their families and homes.

Current

The biocrust conundrum
The biocrust conundrum
By destroying biocrust communities, climate change may be making arid lands more reflective — which could slow down warming.
Latest: Mixed progress for Park Service on harassment
Latest: Mixed progress for Park Service on harassment
Interior Department clears former Yosemite superintendent of discrimination — and reports evidence for sexual harassment at Yellowstone.
Latest: Zinke releases ATV plans for Recapture Canyon area
Latest: Zinke releases ATV plans for Recapture Canyon area
The Interior Secretary wants to prioritize public-land access.
Should courts defer to the expertise of agencies?
Should courts defer to the expertise of agencies?
Our new Supreme Court justice doesn’t think so.
Who will pay for unsexy repairs in national parks?
Who will pay for unsexy repairs in national parks?
Congress discusses how to prioritize the Park Service’s maintenance backlog.
Republicans push to split the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Republicans push to split the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Bills to break up the big Western court have reappeared in Congress.
An end to Tucson’s growth wars
An end to Tucson’s growth wars
A conservation plan puts science ahead of politics.
Ten years, 3 million pounds of soil and 1,800 sensors
Ten years, 3 million pounds of soil and 1,800 sensors
The numbers behind the world’s largest weathering experiment.
Bundy trials; Congress’ attack on science; a dirty West

Editor's Note

We’re not an environmental magazine
We’re not an environmental magazine
A deeper look at the way we cover the lands and communities of the American West.

Uncommon Westerners

Inside a taxidermy shop
Inside a taxidermy shop
In Western Colorado, bringing “life” to freeze-framed wild animals.

Essays

How stargazing connects us
How stargazing connects us
And how growing light pollution threatens that connection.

Writers on the Range

How environmentalists could do more for Bears Ears
How environmentalists could do more for Bears Ears
On issues of industrial recreation, green groups say too little.

Book Reviews

Love, loss and nuclear reactors
Love, loss and nuclear reactors
Two new books explore the perspectives of women during the West’s nuclear boom.
What is owed to a damaged river?
What is owed to a damaged river?
A new book illustrates the Duwamish’s difficult path to recovery.

Heard Around the West

The monkey on art’s back; Bigfoot in Idaho; Tent City’s second life
The monkey on art’s back; Bigfoot in Idaho; Tent City’s second life
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

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