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April 15, 2019

In this issue, we trace the death of an endangered pupfish that landed a man in prison. We look at ways Western politicians are pushing back against citizen ballot initiatives; the implications of new research indicating that fish feel pain; and the ways in which California’s Karuk tribe is managing for wildfires — whether the law likes it or not. We check in with a Borderlands sheriff who disagrees with the Trump administration’s “emergency,” and question the moral dimensions of a recent mountain lion death in Colorado. We also review a new documentary giving writer M. Scott Momaday a movie worth his talents, and a writer ponders the disastrous differences between the Exxon Valdez spill and the ongoing climate change catastrophe.

Feature

How a tiny endangered species put a man in prison
How a tiny endangered species put a man in prison
The Devils Hole pupfish is nothing to mess with.

Current

As citizen-led ballot initiatives soar, so have efforts to block them
As citizen-led ballot initiatives soar, so have efforts to block them
In Idaho, a struggle over Medicaid expansion exposes the limits of forcing change via ballot measure.
How should we treat fish before they end up on our plates?
How should we treat fish before they end up on our plates?
Seafood harvesting is brutal — but it doesn’t have to be.
An Arizona border sheriff confronts the wall
An Arizona border sheriff confronts the wall
President Trump’s pitch is ‘a sound bite, not a cogent public policy position.’
The Karuk Tribe fights a growing wildfire threat and a lack of funding
The Karuk Tribe fights a growing wildfire threat and a lack of funding
Surrounded by forests they often can’t manage without breaking the law, California tribes struggle to protect themselves from wildfires.
Cliven Bundy case appealed by feds
Cliven Bundy case appealed by feds
Prosecutor says missteps were inadvertent.

Editor's Note

The persistent trampling of the West
The persistent trampling of the West
Environmental laws are one way to force people to consider their actions.

Perspective

We shouldn’t celebrate the killing of a mountain lion
We shouldn’t celebrate the killing of a mountain lion
The recent encounter between a runner and a 40-pound cougar perpetuates unwarranted fear.
Three decades after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Alaska’s coast faces an even bigger threat
Three decades after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Alaska’s coast faces an even bigger threat
Climate change is damaging ecosystems that never had the chance to recover.

Arts and Culture

Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday finally gets the film he deserves
Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday finally gets the film he deserves
Jeffrey Palmer gives us a glimpse of the Indigenous literary giant in ‘Words from a Bear.’

Book Reviews

Photos: The many faces of Marilyn Monroe
Photos: The many faces of Marilyn Monroe
See the impersonators that perpetuate an All-American woman.

Heard Around the West

Country-life shooters; moose acceptance; Phil Lyman’s unpaid debt
Country-life shooters; moose acceptance; Phil Lyman’s unpaid debt
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

A return from our spring hiatus
A return from our spring hiatus
HCN receives an American Society of Journalists and Authors award and a lovely tribute to our former publisher.

Letters

Wild horses do us good
Don’t scapegoat the horses
Stop the Border Police state
Conciliation and compromise
Conversations and communities
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