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Dec 11 2017 | ... & the West Blog
New details have emerged about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's proposal to modify national monuments designated since 1996.
Nov 17 2017 | Research Notes
Vertical axis turbines, which may have fewer impacts on birds and the environment, could increase public support for new wind energy installations.
As deadlines loom for the re-evaluation of western National Monuments, new hints of what is to come; the Salton Sea receives a comprehensive mitigation plan for its toxic dust and drying lakebed; Secretary Zinke’s push to expand drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska threatens the nation’s most remote lands; the world’s largest living organism falters in Utah; and more of this week’s best stories on the West.
An array of western states brace for the possible return of contentious sage grouse politics; the smoke and ash from last month’s disastrous California fires pose both health and environmental concerns; groups of ranchers pioneer alternatives to government-subsidized coyote traps; renewed mining in the Southwest threatens to encroach on fossil-rich lands; and more of the week’s best stories on the West.
Responding to enthusiasm for the ArtsWest Initiative, the Bill Lane Center for the American West presents another year of public programming.
Nov 3 2017 | ... & the West Blog
The fraught statewide conditions that led to passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in 2014? They afflicted Ventura decades earlier.
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.

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