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Caught Between Crises
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February 5, 2018

In this issue, the feature examines one Indigenous family's experience with structural inequities that affect the availability of housing in both rural and urban areas. Inequity is also examined in the Letter from California, on how federal tax policy will exacerbate growing class disparities. And finally, a story of a binational community shows what could be, once we look beyond borders, whether of class or nations.

Feature

A tale of two housing crises, rural and urban
A tale of two housing crises, rural and urban
How one Indigenous family is navigating two very different housing problems.

Sidebar

How a private company is bringing affordable houses to Indian Country
How a private company is bringing affordable houses to Indian Country
Decreased federal assistance has caused a dearth in affordable housing.

Current

‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it
‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it
Improved storm forecasts could help reservoir managers store more water while avoiding floods.
What Northwestern tribes say about the Jordan Cove pipeline
What Northwestern tribes say about the Jordan Cove pipeline
Under Trump, the natural gas pipeline gets a third chance.
More prime sage grouse habitat is open for drilling
More prime sage grouse habitat is open for drilling
The Trump administration will allow oil and gas leasing in key sagebrush lands.
How NAFTA built a bustling border city
How NAFTA built a bustling border city
In southern New Mexico, a dream of a bi-national community, not a concrete wall.
What went wrong at Oroville?
What went wrong at Oroville?
Dam experts release a report on the California dam’s spillway vulnerabilities.
Latest: Another lease on life for the Salton Sea?
Latest: Another lease on life for the Salton Sea?
Now that water deliveries have ended, it’s a race for a solution.
Latest: Long-term noise pollution gives birds PTSD
Latest: Long-term noise pollution gives birds PTSD
New research links natural gas compressors with physical impacts on birds.

Editor's Note

Essays

On love in Death Valley, and what’s been lost
On love in Death Valley, and what’s been lost
An ode to a time of both sorrow and new found laughter.

Perspective

How Trump’s tax bill pits the rich against the poor
How Trump’s tax bill pits the rich against the poor
We are witnessing a government restructuring and a cultural divide widening.

Writers on the Range

We have better options than killing bison
We have better options than killing bison
Annual culls, loss of genetic diversity and climate change set the odds against American bison.

Book Reviews

The cyclone in the Great Salt Lake
The cyclone in the Great Salt Lake
An encyclopedia encapsulates a lasting earthwork of the 70s Land Movement.
The uncompromising environmentalist behind the Sierra Club
The uncompromising environmentalist behind the Sierra Club
A new book details the rise of the Sierra Club from hiking group to political force.
Saints and sinners in the Southwest
Saints and sinners in the Southwest
A new book explores the dark characters that make the wide-open West their home.

Heard Around the West

When elk get iced; Raw water craze; Nudes in Utah
When elk get iced; Raw water craze; Nudes in Utah
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

A new venue and a bittersweet goodbye
A new venue and a bittersweet goodbye
A satellite office to open in Gunnison, and a staffer moves on.

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