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Arizona's Wild Horse Paradox
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March 18, 2019

In this issue, we travel to Arizona, where the West's “wild” horse problem is as enigmatic as ever. We also delve into the bankruptcy of California energy company PG&E following catastrophic wildfires, and we examine questions of intellectual property questions around Indigenous recordings, which were often made and sold without permission. We check in on Utah bees and dive into a complicated conservation arrangement on undeveloped California land. In our essays and reviews, we look back at historic public lands policies; showcase photography from the gay rodeo circuit; and examine racism in language in California's Dixie School District.

Feature

Arizona’s wild horse paradox
Arizona’s wild horse paradox
Activists and agencies try to balance the West’s horse mythology against herd impacts.

Editor's Note

The West is large enough to host contradictions
The West is large enough to host contradictions
Embrace incongruity, both domesticated and the wonderfully wild.

Current

‘Things are not going to get better for a long time’
‘Things are not going to get better for a long time’
PG&E’s bankruptcy complicates an already difficult recovery for Camp Fire survivors.
Is a new copyright law a ‘colonization of knowledge’?
Is a new copyright law a ‘colonization of knowledge’?
Indigenous oral histories have often been recorded and sold without permission.
Commercial honeybees threaten to displace Utah’s native bees
Commercial honeybees threaten to displace Utah’s native bees
Federal lands could offer hives a respite from pesticides.
Development plans test a decade-old conservation deal
Development plans test a decade-old conservation deal
Were concessions to protect undeveloped land in California worth it?

Arts and Culture

Gay rodeo and the subversion of Western clichés
Gay rodeo and the subversion of Western clichés
A photo exhibit asks viewers to ponder whether, in reclaiming the idea of the cowboy, gay rodeos renounce violence or reinvest in it.
It’s time to revisit an old way to resolve public land fights
It’s time to revisit an old way to resolve public land fights
Commissions offer a way to navigate thorny policy questions and find consensus.

Book Reviews

What’s left of the tallgrass prairie
What’s left of the tallgrass prairie
A ‘grassland education’ from nature photographer Harvey Payne.
An outsider endures violence and redemption in the Wild West
An outsider endures violence and redemption in the Wild West
A familiar trope of storytelling puts women and people of color on center stage.

Perspective

Police-state tactics at the U.S.-Mexico border
Police-state tactics at the U.S.-Mexico border
The real crisis at the border is of Trump’s own making.
White fragility and the fight over Marin County’s Dixie School District
White fragility and the fight over Marin County’s Dixie School District
North of San Francisco, a well-heeled community has its privilege tested.

Heard Around the West

Tenacious & twelve; junior ranger at 103; imperiled snowplow drivers
Tenacious & twelve; junior ranger at 103; imperiled snowplow drivers
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

A bittersweet goodbye
A bittersweet goodbye
An editor moves on while others tackle some of journalism’s biggest challenges.

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