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The River of Lost Souls
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May 28, 2018

In this issue, two stories peer into the West's turbulent, exploitative, hubris-fueled past. Excerpted from his new book "The River of Lost Souls," Contributing Editor Jonathan Thompson reminds us of the toxic legacy of mining in southwest Colorado and how our collective limited memory continues to impact communities there today. In his series, "Civil Conversations," Wayne Hare explores a tiny corner of Portland, where discriminatory practices against African-Americans persisted until the far-too recent past.

Feature

The dark secrets of the Animas River
The dark secrets of the Animas River
A 2015 spill that turned the waterway orange is a reminder of mining’s disastrous legacy.

Editor's Note

To truly understand the West, peek beyond the beautiful scenery
To truly understand the West, peek beyond the beautiful scenery
The complex layers of history that underlie our region include both ugliness and beauty.

Current

At a range rights gathering, the press was in the crosshairs
At a range rights gathering, the press was in the crosshairs
In the era of social media, far-right activists aim to subvert mainstream journalists.
Why Compton said no to legal marijuana sales
Why Compton said no to legal marijuana sales
The California city tries to move on from a painful history scarred by illegal drugs.
Black women rewrite weed’s legacy in Los Angeles
Black women rewrite weed’s legacy in Los Angeles
Entrepreneurs find opportunity and community in what was once illegal.
White Sands National … Park?
White Sands National … Park?
A bill could establish New Mexico’s second national park within a missile range.
Latest: Wolverines found in unexpected corners
Latest: Wolverines found in unexpected corners
Scientists recently discovered the species in Wyoming’s Wind Rivers and Washington’s South Cascades.
Below Mount Shasta, a fight burbles over bottled water
Below Mount Shasta, a fight burbles over bottled water
Selling water to Nestlé, Crystal Geyser and others could strain aquifers.

Essays

A bird’s song adds wonder to the world
A bird’s song adds wonder to the world
If a song defines a place, what does it mean to lose it?

Perspective

Portland’s gentrification has its roots in racism
Portland’s gentrification has its roots in racism
Black Americans aren’t defined by poor schools, menial jobs, high crime and incarceration. They endure them.

Writers on the Range

Selkirk caribou are quietly going extinct
Selkirk caribou are quietly going extinct
The last herd of caribou in the Lower 48 has dwindled to just three animals.

Heard Around the West

Some like it hot; the West’s unluckiest man; Phoenix’s future
Some like it hot; the West’s unluckiest man; Phoenix’s future
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Camping excitement and late spring visitors
Camping excitement and late spring visitors
A scorpion startles staffers and we welcome friends and new coworkers at the HCN office.

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