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A Separatist State of Mind
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January 22, 2018

Expressions of rural discontent are a main theme in this issue. Our feature story examines a zealous political movement born from resentment of California’s liberal ‘resistance’ to Trump. Meanwhile, the Bundy family walks free of charges from their involvement with a standoff with federal agents. These stories find common ground in their telling of cultural disempowerment.

Feature

A separatist state of mind
A separatist state of mind
In the era of Trump, rural discontent settles in the state of Jefferson.

Editor's Note

The movements produced by rural white scorn
The movements produced by rural white scorn
From the Bundys to the State of Jefferson, resentment from disempowered white communities is growing.

Current

Courts challenge a piecemeal approach to species recovery
Courts challenge a piecemeal approach to species recovery
A recent ruling may cause Fish and Wildlife to reconsider how it protects grizzlies.
Fish and Wildlife retracts opposition to Arizona project
Fish and Wildlife retracts opposition to Arizona project
As Trump sidelines science, the agency flips on San Pedro River development.
Lawsuits challenge Trump’s trim of Utah monuments
Lawsuits challenge Trump’s trim of Utah monuments
Reductions in Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante exclude thousands of significant objects.
When Atlantic salmon escape in the Pacific, who cleans up?
When Atlantic salmon escape in the Pacific, who cleans up?
Coastal tribes will be dealing with this summer’s Atlantic salmon spill for years.
Cliven Bundy walks for involvement in 2014 standoff
Cliven Bundy walks for involvement in 2014 standoff
Judge dismisses case for ‘flagrant misconduct’ after prosecutors and FBI withheld evidence.
Chronic wasting disease hits Montana deer, elk
Chronic wasting disease hits Montana deer, elk
State scrambles to respond to discovery of deadly neurological disease
Latest: Idaho gets nation’s first International Dark Sky Reserve
Latest: Idaho gets nation’s first International Dark Sky Reserve
Designation recognizes decades of work to reduce light pollution.

Essays

Climate change forced me to leave the place that I love
Climate change forced me to leave the place that I love
After finding their dream town, a family fled drought and fire.

Book Reviews

The ski resorts of the West
The ski resorts of the West
From Alaska to New Mexico, a new map offers a comprehensive look at where to shred.
Traversing the mighty Colorado River
Traversing the mighty Colorado River
A writer sets out on a geographic journey to understand the imperiled water source.

Writers on the Range

Hemp is one town’s way out of a uranium mining past
Hemp is one town’s way out of a uranium mining past
A former mining region embraces a trade with a ‘hippie’ reputation.

Heard Around the West

Water-fat mountains; Pence visits Aspen; Oregonians gas up
Water-fat mountains; Pence visits Aspen; Oregonians gas up
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Ringing in the new year with an avalanche of mail
Ringing in the new year with an avalanche of mail
The holidays and a new year bring more subscriptions and visitors.

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