An array of western states brace for the possible return of contentious sage grouse politics; the smoke and ash from last month’s disastrous California fires pose both health and environmental concerns; groups of ranchers pioneer alternatives to government-subsidized coyote traps; renewed mining in the Southwest threatens to encroach on fossil-rich lands; and more of the week’s best stories on the West.
The Grand Canyon continues to face persistent threats; a new study calls attention to the energy intensity of California’s depleted oil fields; a retired forester contrasts the cooperative past of public-lands forestry with its foreign-contracting present; Wyoming struggles to balance opportunity and loss in the energy transition; and more of this week’s best reporting on the West.
With increased drought coverage from newspapers, water conservation increased in the San Francisco Bay Area during the drought that ended in 2016. That’s according to a new study from Stanford researchers that links real water consumption data with the public attention garnered by California’s recent droughts.
The Center co-founder Richard White, an American historian, analyzes the United States’ history from 1865 to 1896 and provides a fresh perspective on the time period, which was marked by rising inequality and corruption.