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April 30, 2018

This issue’s cover story, by Associate Editor Tay Wiles, untangles the many threads behind the Bundys’ rebellion, from their faith to more radical Western strains of anti-government ideology. The story also describes how the Department of Justice and Bureau of Land Management bungled their own legal case against the family. Also in this issue, the Fish and Wildlife Service revisits rare species protections, the Interior Department deals with a larger-than-expected budget and a daughter writes an ode to her father and his acequia.

Feature

How the feds helped make Cliven Bundy a celebrity
How the feds helped make Cliven Bundy a celebrity
The creation of an anti-public-lands hero.
Who can adopt a Native child?
Who can adopt a Native child?
The Indian Child Welfare Act has helped repair the damage of the boarding-school era – but not everyone wants it in place.

Editor's Note

Wild country
Wild country
Western mythology still holds tremendous sway.

Current

What will Zinke do with the extra $2.5 billion in his budget?
What will Zinke do with the extra $2.5 billion in his budget?
Congress rejected the deep budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration.
How a rural electric co-op connected a community
How a rural electric co-op connected a community
By expanding into broadband, Kit Carson Co-op provides high-speed internet to thousands.
Fish and Wildlife reconsiders protections for rare species
Fish and Wildlife reconsiders protections for rare species
Susan Combs, who will oversee the service, has likened endangered species to incoming missiles.
Latest: Salmon get a boost over Columbia River dams
Latest: Salmon get a boost over Columbia River dams
Court order to help beleaguered fish forces operators to spill more water over dams.
Latest: Coal continues to decline in Wyoming
Latest: Coal continues to decline in Wyoming
Recent indicators don’t bode well for the state.
Organic reach: Food sovereignty moves to the web
Organic reach: Food sovereignty moves to the web
Colonial contact brought foreign food and disease to tribal nations. Now, a digital generation is reconnecting with tradition.

Essays

This acequia  life
This acequia life
The irrigation of the land defines our West in ways I can hardly explain.

Book Reviews

In paintings, a gentle portrait of Canada’s scars
In paintings, a gentle portrait of Canada’s scars
A review of Sonny Assu: A Selective History.
The long road from violence
The long road from violence
A writer reexamines the stories we tell of rural life and struggle.

Perspective

Reckoning with History: The parks have been fixed before
Reckoning with History: The parks have been fixed before
How the government tackled the post-war threats of national park ‘disfigurement’ and ‘destruction.’

Heard Around the West

Bullying bulls; pup poop problems; email missteps
Bullying bulls; pup poop problems; email missteps
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

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