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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.”
Dec 15 2017 | Happenings
The 2017 Institute for Women Surfers was held in Pacifica and at Stanford University, and focused on problems of cultural access women and girls face in everyday surf and beach spaces.
The California fires continue to burn at a record-setting pace, the worst of them along the central coast; the danger that Utah’s Great Salt Lake will shrivel into a puddle; Washington’s governor looks to a carbon tax to pay back state reserves that are committed to school costs, and other highlights of environmental news from around the West this week.
Dec 12 2017 | Happenings
Marci Kwon meditated on the fragility of history and the good fortune by which prints and backdrops from a popular Chinatown photo studio have remained accessible – after collectors such as Wylie Wong and George Berticevich rescued them from dumpsters and flea markets. Without them, Kwon said, “May's would be little more than a footnote in the history of San Francisco's Chinatown, if even that.”

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Jan 10 2019 | Stanford Daily | Topics of the West
“Domestic rural communities are therefore underrepresented at Stanford by a factor of four. And we know that about five percent of Stanford’s undergraduate alumni live in domestic rural places,” writes Thomas Schnaubelt of the Haas Center for Public Service.
Dec 27 2018 | Center News
Together with Stanford Athletics and the West family, we are pleased to announce the successful creation of an endowed memorial fund to permanently commemorate Heather West’s love of the American West.