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How a team of editors and librarians saved Sunset magazine’s archives—and helped preserve the history of the American West.
The BLM moves forward with the one of the world’s largest solar developments on federal land near Las Vegas; an obscure global cactus trade blooms illegally in Arizona’s federal desertland; prison inmates return to the fields in numbers not seen since the Jim Crow era; and other recent news from around the West.
The new normal for Western wildfires is abnormal, with increasingly bigger and more destructive blazes. Understanding the risks can help communities avert disaster.
Jun 4 2019 | ... & the West Blog
With new rules coming into effect, farmers and municipalities using groundwater must either find more water to support the aquifers or take cropland out of use. To ease the pain, engineers are looking to harness the torrential storms that sometimes blast across the Pacific Ocean and soak California.
Western states taking some action after lagging behind in regulating PFAS, a chemical used in waterproofing and linked to two cancers; Permian Basin oil boom has health consequences; California utilities plan blackouts amid wildfire threats; Interior Secretary's Chaco visit pauses energy projects, and more recent environmental reads.
May 28 2019 | ... & the West Blog
Forty percent of food produced for consumption never gets eaten, instead filling landfills and releasing greenhouse gases. With a recent law, California aims to drastically reduce the amount of food that ends up in the ground.
Workshop brings together clinicians and social scientists to advance rural health

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