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Mar 24 2017 | ... & the West Blog
It is not a good time for the Central Valley's flood infrastructure to function below capacity. Just as the drought was epic, the snowmelt of 2017, arriving in the next few months, may be epic as well.
Tribal water resources, addressing challenges to forest health, green energy in Nevada, and Big Oil’s lingering grip on California – some of the best recent western environmental stories.
Mar 6 2017 | ... & the West Blog
The nationwide decline of coal is testing the resilience of the Powder River Basin. Residents used to a thriving economy, a top-notch education system, and an excess of job opportunities are learning to live with less.
Feb 23 2017 | ... & the West Blog
A new paper suggests that “mineral easements” might provide a tool to block hydraulic fracking and the oil and gas wells that have been sources of fear and opposition from New York to California.
Feb 15 2017 | Happenings
Alexander Nemerov, scholar of American art, delivered an intimate reflection on the work of his aunt, photographer Diane Arbus, and father, poet Howard Nemerov, in a lecture at the Minnesota Street Project on February 4th.
Feb 14 2017 | ... & the West Blog
California avoided a major catastrophe in the past week as heavy rains compromised the 700-foot Oroville dam. Here is a day-by-day account of what happened and what state engineers and safety officials did.
Central Valley crops and climate change, sustainable energy on the rise, predator culling in Oregon and Colorado, California develops a taste for recycled water, and finding endangered fish by the traces they leave behind – some of the best recent reads.

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