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March 1, 2020

In this issue, we ask some big questions about wildlife conservation. In our first feature we examine the human relationship with cougars, which are surrounded in myth despite new research having drawn them out of the shadows. Our second feature asks, at a time when Colorado voters are deciding whether to reintroduce wolves, what science can provide in politics. In Idaho, we look at the residual power of Ammon Bundy, the West’s “strike anywhere” match. We report on the ways that Indian Health Service is under-serving Indigenous women. We take a look into a grassroots movement to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms to help treat PTSD. We report on the U.S. detention system's capacity to bankrupt families, and we talk with an author about how billionaires are changing Western communities.

Feature

The mystery of mountain lions
The mystery of mountain lions
Despite decades of research, myth and fear still surround the animals.
Colorado throws wolves to the vote
Colorado throws wolves to the vote
Should democracy take over where science ends?

Reportage

Our detention system is bankrupting immigrants
Our detention system is bankrupting immigrants
As corporations cash in, mixed-status families are thrown into deep poverty.
Mauna Kea telescope project halted after months of protests
Mauna Kea telescope project halted after months of protests
Hawai‘i Gov. David Ige announced that law enforcement would vacate the area.
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe reintroduces bighorn sheep on tribal lands
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe reintroduces bighorn sheep on tribal lands
For the first time in roughly 100 years, the species returns to historic habitat.
Indigenous women face extra barriers when it comes to reproductive rights
Indigenous women face extra barriers when it comes to reproductive rights
Across Indian Country, advocates claim Indian Health Service is failing Indigenous women.
Psychedelics on a trip to Western ballots
Psychedelics on a trip to Western ballots
Decriminalization campaigns follow a Denver ballot initiative to regulate shrooms that passed last year.
The residual power of Ammon Bundy
The residual power of Ammon Bundy
What’s it like when the West’s most notorious anti-government figure comes to your town?

Editor's Note

From billionaires to bankruptcies, the West is full of flashpoints
From billionaires to bankruptcies, the West is full of flashpoints
And we’re here to cover them all.

Facts & Figures

Untangling the global oil market
Untangling the global oil market
The U.S. is a net exporter of petroleum, so why isn’t it energy independent?

Conversation

Billionaires are changing communities and the wild in Wyoming
Billionaires are changing communities and the wild in Wyoming
Sociologist Justin Farrell explores the ways wealth shapes Teton County and the Western U.S.

Photo Essay

The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians celebrates federal recognition
The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians celebrates federal recognition
The tribal nation in Montana is the 574th to be recognized by the United States.

West Obsessed

The Elon Musk dilemma
The Elon Musk dilemma
When big thinkers think badly.

Perspective

Trump targets a bedrock environmental law
Trump targets a bedrock environmental law
Three years of rollbacks have taken a toll, without delivering real benefits.
Boeing’s history reveals connections and disconnections in the West’s economy
Boeing’s history reveals connections and disconnections in the West’s economy
The placelessness of corporations today can imperil communities.

Review

Indigenous zines elevate authenticity
Indigenous zines elevate authenticity
The craft’s lack of limitation allows for powerful storytelling.
The poet on the garbage crew
The poet on the garbage crew
In ‘Vantage,’ Taneum Bambrick digs for refuse along the Columbia River.

Heard Around the West

Utah’s condoms; border blown; Cluck the cat
Utah’s condoms; border blown; Cluck the cat
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Tucson times, and a farewell
Tucson times, and a farewell
HCN spends time in Arizona, and we mourn the loss of a longtime staffer.

Letters

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