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July 1, 2020

In this issue, we bear witness to the protesters in the #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations who have overflowed the streets of Los Angeles. We examine innovative alternatives to policing in Eugene, Oregon, where non-emergency EMS services are dispatched for de-escalation, mental health crises, substance abuse and other issues — all without police involvement. Scanning the data, we map the disproportionate police militarization and violence across the Western U.S. As the climate crisis worsens, we consider the adaptions forced on the Inupiaq people of the Arctic, as well as on the coastal cities of California. Our feature story follows the arduous efforts to save a vanishing species of catfish along the U.S.-Mexican border. And we describe the unexpected rise of labor organizing among fruit packers and ski patrollers alike. The issue also features an interview with a founder of #BlackBirdersWeek; an argument for full-time wildland firefighters; and a former insider’s warning of a compromised Bureau of Land Management.

Feature

As the Arctic warms, the Inupiat adapt
As the Arctic warms, the Inupiat adapt
‘What choice do we have?’
The only catfish native to the Western U.S. is running out of water
The only catfish native to the Western U.S. is running out of water
The Yaqui catfish was going extinct. Then came the border wall.

Reportage

Bay Area towns need to address sea-level rise. Will they?
Bay Area towns need to address sea-level rise. Will they?
‘It’s not natural for them to cooperate.’
How a Washington ski patrol learned to unionize
How a Washington ski patrol learned to unionize
When Vail Resorts added Stevens Pass to its empire, ski patrollers feared becoming fungible parts in a corporate machine. So they organized.
There’s already an alternative to calling the police
There’s already an alternative to calling the police
A 31-year-old program in Eugene, Oregon, is a model in de-escalating situations that could end with law enforcement violence.
Bureau of Land Management investigates a new Bundy ranch project
Bureau of Land Management investigates a new Bundy ranch project
Ryan Bundy is allegedly building irrigation structures in Gold Butte National Monument.
Coronavirus concerns revive labor organizing
Coronavirus concerns revive labor organizing
Washington fruit packers seek lasting gains from pandemic strikes.
Will COVID-19 help save small slaughterhouses?
Will COVID-19 help save small slaughterhouses?
As laborers for the Big Four meatpackers fall ill, small slaughterhouses see unprecedented demand.

Editor's Note

The West protests
The West protests
‘Dominator culture’ and the injustices of climate change, COVID-19 and racism.

Facts & Figures

Western police are geared up for war
Western police are geared up for war
But who’s the enemy?

Conversation

#BlackBirdersWeek takes on systemic racism
#BlackBirdersWeek takes on systemic racism
‘The whole purpose is to highlight and showcase Black birders, and anybody can do that.’

Book Reviews

A pandemic of both feminism and despair
A pandemic of both feminism and despair
In Lauren Beukes’ ‘Afterland,’ only women survive. Can they rebuild?

Photo Essay

Voices from an uprising
Voices from an uprising
Portraits from Los Angeles’ Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

Perspective

The Forest Service should embrace a full-time workforce
The Forest Service should embrace a full-time workforce
Permanently investing in firefighters would improve the health of employees and the landscapes we protect.
Bureau of Land Management leaders have lost their way
Bureau of Land Management leaders have lost their way
A former state director argues narrow interests have dominated the agency’s direction.

Heard Around the West

Helicopter wild; five drives; isolation tips
Helicopter wild; five drives; isolation tips
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Grateful in turbulent times
Grateful in turbulent times
HCN’s journalism continues, thanks to great supporters.

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