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Banning books is for bullies

By Crista Worthy

By Crista V. Worthy Some people have become so alarmed by what children might read in school or in libraries…

Image courtesy of Rediscovered Books, Caldwell, Idaho

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It’s never too late to save a river

By Rebecca Lawton

An old river-running motto says, “Old boaters never die, they just get a little dinghy.” And some never lose their…

Zachary CollierFollow New Melones Lake This section of the Stanislaus River is normally impounded by New Melones Lake. The California drought in 2014 allowed us the opportunity to kayak this famous section of river.

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Building strong communities could be a team sport

By Matt Witt

I got to thinking about some of my small-town neighbors when I read that the Denver Broncos football team, which…

This Walmart replaced the shuttered Walmart in Talen, OR, where writer Matt Witt is from

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Business as usual for the Colorado River

By Dave Marston

It seemed inevitable that the dwindling Colorado River would be divvied up by the federal Bureau of Reclamation. On June…

Winterhaven, CA, Imperial Dam, where 90% of the Colorado River is desilted and sent to numerous irrigation districts in CA and AZ. Courtesy of Bureau of Reclamation

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Idaho is a difficult state

By Crista Worthy

There’s something different about the state of Idaho that’s beyond the adjective “quirky.” My husband and I may have lived…

Photo credit: Idaho Potato Commission

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Trailer park residents hope to buy the land beneath them

By Benjamin Waddell
Informal meeting of mothers strategizing at the park March 18 photo credit Ben Waddell

Just outside Durango, Colorado there’s a trailer park called Westside that I’ve been driving by all my life. Yet residents…

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Two Western states act to control methane

By Tim Lydon

Gated methane vent pad in Sunshine Roadless area above Paonia, CO. Methane originates in active Arch Resources coal mine. This collection of vents makes Arch the third biggest greenhouse gas polluter in Colorado.

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Billionaire mine owner leaves a tiny town in the lurch

By Dave Marston

“..a visitor to the town notices abandoned cars parked willy-nilly and piles of junk that look as old as the town itself. “

Photograph Courtesy of Somerset Water District website

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“Look at me” culture leaves too many marks

By Marjorie “Slim” Woodruff

“The pioneers endured drought, famine, disease, and death in order to reach the West and scratch their names on the wall.”

Photograph by Lloyd Bunk, courtesy of Unsplash

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Conservative Republican has a personal mission

By Ron Keine

“I’m living proof of why people should not trust their government with the death penalty”

Photograph by Damir Spanic, courtesy of Unsplash

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All-electric is the way to go

By Auden Schendler Ted White

“But perhaps the most challenging task of all is to decarbonize buildings.”

Photograph by Michael Wilson, courtesy of Unsplash

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The wall with Mexico will come tumbling down

By Gary Paul Nabhan

But one needs to read only a bit of world history to realize that walls can come down as a quickly as they were put up.

Photograph by Greg Bulla, Courtesy of Unsplash

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