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The Rural West

Bridging the Distance: Common Issues of the Rural West

The University of Utah Press has published Bridging the Distance, a book by the Rural West Initiative of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Edited by the distinguished historian David B. Danbom and with a foreword by Center co-founding director David M. Kennedy, the book explores the Rural West across four dimensions: Community, Land, Economics – and defining the Rural West itself.

The New Western Fugitives: Ozone Ingredients from Oil and Gas

Most people think of dangerous levels of ozone gas occurring in traffic congested cities like Los Angeles, so it’s a surprise to find high concentrations of it in pristine areas of the American West. But it’s happening. Two basins that lie along the Green River in the intermountain West have some of the worst ozone pollution in the nation. Reported and written by John McChesney. Edited by Ariana Reguzzoni and Geoff McGhee for the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University.

Journalism’s Voyage West

With American newspapers under stress from changing economics, technology and consumer behavior, it's easy to forget how ubiquitous and important they are in society. For this data visualization, we have taken the directory of US newspaper titles compiled by the Library of Congress' Chronicling America project – nearly 140,000 publications in all – and plotted them over time and space. This visualization is also viewable as a series of video animations.

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