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May 15, 2017

In this issue, a look at Adelanto, California, and the economies it has turned to in order to survive: desert farming, then a military air base and finally an immigration incarceration center. Also, bears and tourists in national parks, some of Oregon’s houseless find a home, and oil and gas development under Colorado suburbs leads to a deadly explosion.

Feature

‘If you don’t want us, tell us to go back’
‘If you don’t want us, tell us to go back’
The making of a California prison town.

Sidebar

How private prisons became a booming business
How private prisons became a booming business
The numbers and policies behind the immigration-incarceration economy.

Current

A tribe wins rights to contested groundwater in court
A tribe wins rights to contested groundwater in court
A major federal court decision acknowledges that tribes have priority rights to groundwater — and could limit how much other users can take.
Suburbanites reckon with arcane drilling law
Suburbanites reckon with arcane drilling law
On Colorado’s Front Range, companies can extract oil and gas from private land — without homeowners’ permission.
Public banking goes to pot
Public banking goes to pot
California activists turn to the cannabis industry to help launch the nation’s first public bank in nearly a century.
Latest: Dam on Yellowstone River moves ahead
Latest: Dam on Yellowstone River moves ahead
The effects on the pallid sturgeon remain uncertain.
Latest: Mexican wolves are about to get wild
Latest: Mexican wolves are about to get wild
An appeal court ruling allows wolves more room to roam in New Mexico.
Gas explosions, the numbers behind King Coal and LA policing
Mistrial in Bundy standoff case
Mistrial in Bundy standoff case
Some Bundy supporters see the jury deadlock as a sliver of hope.
Fact-checking Trump’s Antiquities Act order
Fact-checking Trump’s Antiquities Act order
Trump and Sen. Orrin Hatch rely on dubious claims to attack national monuments.

Editor's Note

The myths that imprison us
The myths that imprison us
A prison town reflects Western truths of reinvention and subjugation.

Essays

Meet Ruth, who makes a home for the houseless
Meet Ruth, who makes a home for the houseless
After her husband’s death, a woman collects a new family.

Book Reviews

See portraits of gnarled conifers
See portraits of gnarled conifers
A couple draws and writes about the complexities of bristlecone pines and humans.
Learning to live with bears
Learning to live with bears
Two books examine our evolving relationship with bears.

Heard Around the West

#LiveAndLetTutu; a sodden Oregon; mastodon for dinner
#LiveAndLetTutu; a sodden Oregon; mastodon for dinner
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

A new face on staff and new pups in the office
A new face on staff and new pups in the office
We welcome Christie, Porter and Lefty to HCN.

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