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October 15, 2018

This issue is bound by the idea that the ecological crises are inseparable from the problem of human domination. Our feature story describes a coastal town in Southern California that is asking whether it can, or should, retreat inland from rising seas. Also in this issue: The Navajo Nation's renewed police force, prisoner strikes, conspiracy theories in Arizona and a tribute to the life and work of Ed Marston, one of High Country News' longtime visionaries.

Feature

Can a California town move back from the sea?
Can a California town move back from the sea?
Imperial Beach considers the unthinkable: a retreat from nature.
Ed Marston’s fierce love transformed the West
Ed Marston’s fierce love transformed the West
How the man who ‘just wanted to write’ created an institution.
¿Puede una ciudad de California replegarse para cederle paso al mar?
¿Puede una ciudad de California replegarse para cederle paso al mar?
Imperial Beach considera lo impensable: emprender retirada a causa de la naturaleza.

Sidebar

Ed Marston, remembered
Ed Marston, remembered
Thoughts on HCN’s former publisher from people whose lives he impacted.

Editor's Note

Meanwhile, the West is in jeopardy
Meanwhile, the West is in jeopardy
Amid political and cultural tumult, we are unprepared for the new reality of climate change.

Current

Latest: Wildfire smoke deaths could double by century’s end
Latest: Wildfire smoke deaths could double by century’s end
New research shows fire-polluted air could kill up to 44,000 people per year by 2100.
Prisoners turn to strikes to fight inhumane conditions
Prisoners turn to strikes to fight inhumane conditions
In August, inmates renewed protests against solitary confinement and racially biased sentencing.
Conspiracy theories inspire vigilante justice in Tucson
Conspiracy theories inspire vigilante justice in Tucson
How one man’s imagined discovery of a sex-trafficking camp in the Sonoran Desert gained life online — and in the real world.
A revival for the Navajo Nation’s police force
A revival for the Navajo Nation’s police force
Despite continuous underfunding, a new academy is training cadets to protect the Nation on its own terms.

Essays

Can hunting keep us human?
Can hunting keep us human?
In the New Machine Age, hunting helps us accept mortality as truth.

Multimedia

 Winners of the 2018 HCN reader photo contest
Winners of the 2018 HCN reader photo contest
Audience and editor favorites to help us find some solace.

Book Reviews

See what the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act preserves
See what the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act preserves
Over 50 years, the landmark law has protected more than 13,000 miles of American waterways.
Migration and extinction in the American West
Migration and extinction in the American West
A new novel follows two wanderers on a westward journey.

Perspective

Trump’s methane rule rollback burns the natural gas bridge
Trump’s methane rule rollback burns the natural gas bridge
Without emissions regulations, the ‘clean’ fossil fuel is as dirty as coal.

Heard Around the West

Love wins in Idaho; ‘relief’ at Old Faithful; rural drive-bys
Love wins in Idaho; ‘relief’ at Old Faithful; rural drive-bys
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Ushering in fall
Ushering in fall
Staffers get creative with harvest crowns, art openings and personal essays.

Letters

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