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Sep 10 2018 | Out West student blog
“How do you iron out a problem people already ‘know’ how to solve,“ wondered Western Interstate Energy Board intern Carly Eckstrom, “But that remains unsettled?”
Each clean energy program in California is a stepping stone, writes California Public Utility Commission intern Sheila Gao, ”and I’m so proud to be part of the efforts in exploring and laying out those stepping stones!”
“To be an honest student of the American West,” writes Callan Showers, who is doing research for Galatée Films, “it is necessary to complicate [a] surface-level interpretation.”
“I’ve had a weird summer,” writes Yosemite Archives intern Emily Wilson, who had to evacuate in the face of an advancing wildfire. “I’m significantly more confident, and it now takes a lot to rattle me.”
Courts block grizzly hunts in Wyoming and Idaho and a pipeline in Canada; How long can Lake Powell prop up Lake Mead?; Facebook and the Navajo Nation have faith in renewables, and other recent articles about the West and its environment.
Aug 31 2018 | Out West student blog
While working to reconstitute Alcatraz features in 3-D renderings, writes the intern Nineveh O’Connell, “the dilemma I have faced time and time again is whether I am aiming to model, or to replicate?”
Aug 30 2018 | Out West student blog
What if your electic vehicle runs out of juice? At the California Energy Commission this summer, Michelle Solomon “has been focused on decreasing range anxiety through research into the future of the electric vehicle charging landscape in California.”

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Feb 14 2019 | Stanford News Service | Center News
Two experts from Stanford’s Water in the West program explain the potential impacts on the future of water in California of the proposed plan to downsize the $17 billion Delta twin tunnels project.
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.
Feb 11 2019 | ... & the West Blog
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.