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Jan 31 2017 | ... & the West Blog
Valley Fever, a lung disease born of invasive fungal spores that are carried on clouds of swirling dust, is the best-known medical secret of the American Southwest. The parts of California and Arizona where the fungal spores flourish are once-rural places that are now population magnets, where new construction disturbs the earth and can send spores flying.
From Obama's environmental legacy to a Stanford study on federal subsidies to rural counties, and the fallout of the Aliso Canyon gas leak, a survey of the best reads on western environmental issues.
As Donald Trump prepares for his swearing-in as the nation’s 45th president, a new survey by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University shows that most Californians aren’t in line with several key proposals that could impact the entire country.
Jan 17 2017 | Politico
California's expectations for Donald Trump’s presidency are in the cellar, with little more than a third of voters believing it will be a success, a new Golden State Poll shows. The poll was sponsored by the Hoover Institution and the Bill Lane Center for the American West.
Through a newly launched blog at Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West, former New York Times environmental correspondent Felicity Barringer explores people’s connections to western water, landscapes and other resources.
Dec 21 2016 | ... & the West Blog
This is the first of a series of occasional posts looking at at how the West would have changed if a major historical event had – or had not – occurred. Here, we look at the implications of a different Supreme Court decision in the 1963 Arizona v. California case.
Dec 20 2016 | Center News
The past year was a fruitful and busy one at the Center for the American West. Our core team has been hard at work in 2016 and are eagerly preparing for 2017.

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