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September 16, 2019

In this issue we update an ongoing water struggle in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, where ranchers and farmers are in a race to conserve. We check in Montana and the effects of President Trump's trade war with China. We explain the failure of explosive devices against sea lions and highlight the curious deaths of gray whales at sea. We dive into the use of Indigenous struggles by white nationalists and other extremists, and describe the Indigenous narratives of a Maori filmmaker.

Feature

Colorado farmers fight to save their water and their community’s future
Colorado farmers fight to save their water and their community’s future
‘We can either wait on Mother Nature — or we can give it a shot ourselves.’

Sidebar

A water ‘win-win’ in Colorado? Not so fast.
A water ‘win-win’ in Colorado? Not so fast.
A plan to export water from the San Luis Valley to the Denver Metro area is met with defiance.

Editor's Note

Climate change and the challenges to human happiness
Climate change and the challenges to human happiness
It’s not too late to confront despair.

Current

Trump’s trade war is draining profits for Montana wheat farmers
Trump’s trade war is draining profits for Montana wheat farmers
Today’s agricultural producers battle both environmental threats and geopolitical conflict.
West Coast fishermen have few options against sea lions
West Coast fishermen have few options against sea lions
The federal government continues to use explosives despite their ineffectiveness.
Scientists struggle to find reasons behind gray whale deaths
Scientists struggle to find reasons behind gray whale deaths
Some researchers think the whales are starving, but the cause of death may be far more complicated.
Far-right extremists appropriate Indigenous struggles for violent ends
Far-right extremists appropriate Indigenous struggles for violent ends
From Nazi Germany to Norway and El Paso, white nationalists use Indigenous imagery to justify racist violence.
Trump administration pushes to exempt Tongass from logging restrictions
Trump administration pushes to exempt Tongass from logging restrictions
Clearcutting of old-growth trees in the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest stopped just three years ago.

Arts and Culture

A Maori filmmaker and the fight for proper Indigenous narratives
A Maori filmmaker and the fight for proper Indigenous narratives
Hepi Mita offers a fascinating look at his mother’s life in ‘Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen.’

Book Reviews

On the rock from the climber’s view
On the rock from the climber’s view
A new book is a ‘deeply beautiful survey of climbing.’
Frontier myths crash into Trump’s border wall
Frontier myths crash into Trump’s border wall
A new book dives into the injustices of Manifest Destiny in the American West and its relationship to the 2016 election.

Heard Around the West

Official invocations; not dead yet; ancient tattooing
Official invocations; not dead yet; ancient tattooing
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Fall brings professors, pedalers and presidential candidates
Fall brings professors, pedalers and presidential candidates
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet stops by our office, and we wish a fond farewell to a longtime staffer.

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