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California wildfires weren’t always this destructive
California wildfires weren’t always this destructive
Indigenous residents say traditional practices and careful burns could temper blazes.
How to prepare for a wildfire
How to prepare for a wildfire
Some basic steps to stay safe if you live near Western wildlands.
California’s Camp Fire, in photos
California’s Camp Fire, in photos
As of Nov. 13, the disaster has claimed 42 lives as the search for missing people continues.
Water-quality standards unfairly burden rural communities
Water-quality standards unfairly burden rural communities
The plight of a small water and sewer association in rural Mora, N.M -- caught in a tangle of federal and state clean water rules it can’t afford to meet -- echoes experienced by other rural communities around the West.
California's high-speed rail is slow to gain speed
California's high-speed rail is slow to gain speed
The U.S. continues to trail the rest of the world in high-speed rail development, as California's long-planned bullet train is delayed yet again.
Ganjanomics: bringing Humboldt’s shadow economy into the light
Ganjanomics: bringing Humboldt’s shadow economy into the light
Marijuana growers and government officials in California's notorious "Emerald Triangle" work towards legitimizing the local cash crop.
Obama’s record on Western environmental issues
Obama’s record on Western environmental issues
Not everybody is happy, but the Obama administration is making slow but steady progress in dealing with the West's environmental issues.
High Country Views, Big solar marches on
High Country Views, Big solar marches on
Cally Carswell talks with HCN contributing editor Judith Lewis about the muscle the feds are putting behind solar energy development on public land.
California’s Tangled Water Politics
California’s Tangled Water Politics
Will there ever be enough water in California's Bay Delta to satisfy farmers, keep fish alive and quench the thirst of millions of people?
The Butterfly Sting
The Butterfly Sting
How a federal wildlife agent brought down one of the world's most notorious insect thieves.
Cultural blight
Cultural blight
The traditional lifestyles of several Northern California tribes are threatened by a pathogen that is killing off oak trees.
California prepares for the next burn
California prepares for the next burn
Public officials – and even homeowners – are beginning to accept the inevitability of wildfires in the Golden State.
Tarp Nation
Tarp Nation
Throughout the West, tent cities and shantytowns with names like Taco Flat have sprung up to house the poor and dispossessed.
Cheewa James: Chronicler of the ‘Tribe That Wouldn’t Die’
Cheewa James digs into the little-known history of her own people: the Modoc Indians of southern Oregon’s Klamath Valley.
Manufactured homes for the birds
Zoologist David Olson and his colleagues are trying to create artificial cacti to house the rare coastal cactus wren, whose cholla cactus habitat is being threatened by California’s recent wildfires.
PRO: The Tejon agreement is a true conservation victory
Graham Chisholm believes that an agreement involving open space, a large housing development and condor habitat on California’s Tejon Ranch is a “true conservation victory.”
Loves, losses and utter disasters
In her new novel, The Berkeley Pit, Dorothy Bryant intertwines the stories of two very different Berkeleys: The California college town during the ‘60s, and the famously toxic open-pit mine in Butte, Mont.
The People of the Sea
The People of the Sea
California’s Salton Sea is at a crossroads, but whether it dries up and blows away or is restored and rejuvenated, the future does not look bright for its resident renegades, retirees and recluses.
The Chaparralian
The Chaparralian
Richard Halsey says Southern California’s chaparral is not to blame for the fires that scorch the region every year.
Heard Around the West
Squirrels vs. Santa Monica; Baby goes to rehab; crows and carriers; Maricopa County is booming big-time; Julie MacDonald vs. the Interior Department; boat horns vs. coyotes in Oxnard.
Excremental gains?
Kern County, Calif., is trying to prevent Los Angeles sludge from entering the county, where it is used to fertilize farmland, and the resulting stink is raising all kinds of questions about how we handle human waste
River Redux
Six decades after Friant Dam killed off the San Joaquin River’s spring-run chinook, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Friant Water Users Authority are working with the federal government to restore both the fish and the river
State of Jefferson: A place apart
Brian Peterson considers himself the interim governor of the State of Jefferson, an area in Northern California and southern Oregon that has been talking about secession since the early 1940s
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