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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.
Oct 5 2017 | Center News
Together with the author Tom DeMund, The Bill Lane Center for the American West is proud to introduce a unique book about Stanford University.

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Jul 20 2018 | Out West student blog
“Wielding acronyms in conversation makes it easy to speak quickly,” says Maggie Wood, an intern at the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), but it’s “nearly impossible for outsiders to enter the conversation.” Fortunately, she got up to speed ASAP.
Jul 20 2018 | Center News
Summer is almost always a time of transition at Stanford. With commencement behind us, we’d like to take stock of some significant comings and goings in the Bill Lane Center for the American West community.
Jul 19 2018 | Out West student blog
“Filing a ballot measure petition,” says NCSL intern Eliza Steffen, “Can be a complex and idiosyncratic process.” She’s working with colleagues to create a catalog of referendum systems in 24 states.