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Feb 11 2019 | Happenings
The richness of his lived experience, said the actor Wes Studi in a Jan. 29 appearance, is part of what has allowed him to take on complicated and powerful roles.
The drama over the Colorado River’s Drought Contingency Plan continues; stealthy trout cling to survival; the wonder of old maps, art in the desert; and other recent environmental stories of interest.
Water availability and wilderness; thunderstorms on par with volcanic eruptions; golf balls in the ocean; how a border wall could affect animals; and indigenous mapmaking. Some of the best environmental reads from the past week.
“Most of the popular images of rural America show a homogeneously white population,” writes Surabhi Balachander, “but rurality in itself encompasses varied lives and locales.”
Unsold beans pile up in the Northwest; Spokane grapples with a toxic legacy; native treaties clash with Wyoming hunting laws; Phoenix plans for more heat; and kids serve on snowflake watch – some of this week’s notable environmental stories.
“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.
Using entrance fees to keep national park toilets and trash manageable; a new plan to pay for federal firefighting; bringing back beavers; eating roadkill, and other recent environmental articles from around the West.

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