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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.
The Mojave Desert water pipeline moves a step closer to reality; water quality troubles for mobile home parks; coal on the rebound? And “goat transplants” in Utah – some of the best recent reads.
Oct 17 2017 | Out West student blog
“This past September,” writes Carson Smith, “I had the opportunity to see my tribe, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, take a step away from the adversarial system in their family courts and instead rely upon a traditional, restorative justice system— the Peacemaking Circle.”
Oct 12 2017 | Center News
“Hell and High Water,” a joint project of The Texas Tribune and ProPublica, has won the 2017 Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism. The award will be presented at Stanford University on Nov. 15.
Oct 10 2017 | Center News
From working at organizations around the West to interdisciplinary courses and research projects on campus, Stanford undergraduates describe the transformative role of the Bill Lane Center for the American West on their academic careers.

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“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.