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July 22, 2013

One of the West's most conservative, pro-industry lawmakers could put an end to Utah's wilderness stalemate. Plus, the Yarnell Hill wildfire, Obama's natural gas pitch, the EPA looks at Alaska's proposed Pebble Mine, and more.

Feature

New route to end Utah's wilderness stalemate
New route to end Utah's wilderness stalemate
Can one of the West's most conservative, anti-federal lands lawmakers broker a mega-wilderness deal in the Beehive state?

Current

Obama’s love letter to natural gas
Obama’s love letter to natural gas
The political and practical potential of gas in the climate fight
Alaska tribes attempt to block the controversial Pebble Mine
Alaska tribes attempt to block the controversial Pebble Mine
Some of the last surviving salmon-based cultures turn to the EPA to protect their communities.
A new report says we're draining our aquifers faster than ever
A new report says we're draining our aquifers faster than ever
A startling history of groundwater usage across the West

Editor's Note

The politics of the possible
The politics of the possible
There are hints of progress in the long-lasting stalemate over some of Utah's -- and the world's -- most spectacular landscapes.

Essays

Pilgrim at Shit Creek
Pilgrim at Shit Creek
A mother comes to terms with her son's childhood in the urban environment

Perspective

Are you strong? Remembering Randy Udall
Are you strong? Remembering Randy Udall
A friend remembers energy activist and outdoorsman Randy Udall after his death.

Book Reviews

Migrant mother retold: A review of Mary Coin
Migrant mother retold: A review of Mary Coin
Marisa Silver's new novel, Mary Coin, explores the personal and cultural implications of a famous Depression-era photograph
Frontier Justice: A review of Little Century
Frontier Justice: A review of Little Century
A review of Little Century by Anna Keesey

Heard Around the West

Is the Rainbow Gathering a natural disaster?
Hot hot weather around the West, forest jihadis, accidental angling, and more

Dear Friends

Report from the summer HCN board meeting
Report from the summer HCN board meeting
HCN's board of directors met recently, our fund-raising art auction was a success, and several visitors came to call.

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