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With the midterm elections less than a week away, a new poll shows that California voters are more passionate about voting in this campaign than in previous elections, with 83 percent of respondents planning to vote.
One hundred and fifty years ago this coming spring, Leland Stanford drove the last spike that completed the First Transcontinental Railroad, transforming the West and laying the foundation for Stanford University. The Stanford Historical Society plans to mark the event.
President Trump plans to weaken the West’s water regulations; Spokane, Washington and Imperial Beach, California, work to adapt to climate change; farm conservation programs in the Colorado River Basin; and how people have altered the Grand Canyon’s ecology; and other recent environmental reads.
Oct 17 2018 | Out West student blog
Via our newly published interactive ‘map journal,’ users can trace our Sophomore College field course’s path through Nevada, Utah, and Arizona over two weeks in September.
Oct 12 2018 | Out West student blog
A former western summer intern with the Center, Christina Morrisett, '15, is a watershed scientist with a passion for serving rural communities.
Oct 11 2018 | Out West student blog
“Here we were, a group of kids who had never been to Goblin Valley,” says SoCo 2018 student Aja Two Crows, “and we felt like we had some right to it.”
Wildfires aren’t hurting real estate markets; water disputes in Colorado; innovations in stormwater management; the failures of air quality monitoring in California; and other recent environmental news stories from around the West.

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Jun 17 2019 | ... & the West Blog, ... & the Best | Stories Recommended by the ‘... & the West’ Blog
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 as immigration policies squeeze migrant labor for agriculture; mysterious barrels labeled with Agent Orange ingredients resurface from the bottom of a lake in Oregon, and other recent news from around the West.
Jun 14 2019 | Stanford News Service | Center News
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.