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Jan 29 2018 | ... & the West Blog
The power gained by harnessing the Columbia River paved the way for industrial development and widespread farmland irrigation. But what if, instead of public utilities, that power had been sold by private firms seeking profits?
Yellowstone bison escape their containment pens in an apparent criminal act; uranium miners target reduced Bears Ears Monument for industry resurgence; scientists link rodenticide used on California marijuana farms to the deaths of an endangered owl species, and other highlights of environmental news from around the West this week.
Jan 22 2018 | ... & the West Blog
The plans were intended to manage resource conflicts on public lands that border national parks and monuments, contain popular hunting and fishing grounds, or shelter cultural artifacts. The Trump administration has moved quickly to set the program aside.
Rainwater harvesting in Tucson, a challenge to Oakland’s coal ban at its port facility, a shrinking Colorado snowpack, and other highlights of environmental news from around the West this week.
A Navajo voting rights win in Utah, greener cattle, litigation over endangered frogs and fossil fuels, and other highlights of environmental news from around the West this week.
Dec 21 2017 | Center News
Earlier this month, Jean Lane, the conservationist, philanthropist, gardener, and wife of the Center’s benefactor L.W. “Bill” Lane Jr., passed away at the age of 87. Mrs. Lane was a tireless advocate of environmental education and conservation, and an active community presence in her home town of Portola Valley.
Dec 21 2017 | Happenings
What was responsible for the postwar rise of Silicon Valley? The historians Leslie Berlin and David M. Kennedy pondered these questions and persistent myths like that of the “lone inventor” at an event celebrating Berlin’s new book, “Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age.”

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