July 16, 2014
Lake Mead watch: The reservoir is now at its lowest levels since 1937. “The trouble is, the agreed-upon allocations stem from a wetter-than-average period and forecasts made nearly a century ago.”http://hcne.ws/1qohnX0

Lake Mead watch: The reservoir is now at its lowest levels since 1937. “The trouble is, the agreed-upon allocations stem from a wetter-than-average period and forecasts made nearly a century ago.”
http://hcne.ws/1qohnX0

July 8, 2014
Is the highest quality of U.S. life in Los Alamos, New Mexico? “PhDs cluster in such high numbers that anyone with a master’s can feel like a second-class citizen. Sixty-three percent of residents have a college education (the national average is 28 percent), unemployment is 3.5 percent (the national average is 6.3 percent), and folks there can expect to live a few years longer than elsewhere in the country.” http://hcne.ws/1lTofvU

Is the highest quality of U.S. life in Los Alamos, New Mexico?
PhDs cluster in such high numbers that anyone with a master’s can feel like a second-class citizen. Sixty-three percent of residents have a college education (the national average is 28 percent), unemployment is 3.5 percent (the national average is 6.3 percent), and folks there can expect to live a few years longer than elsewhere in the country. http://hcne.ws/1lTofvU

June 30, 2014
The San Joaquin, California’s second-largest river, was once home to a vibrant salmon run, but over-allocation, drought and outdated management now leave it bone dry for 100 miles. John Sutter is on a mission to change that — starting by kayaking the whole thing. Even where there’s no water. http://hcne.ws/kayak-san-joaquin

The San Joaquin, California’s second-largest river, was once home to a vibrant salmon run, but over-allocation, drought and outdated management now leave it bone dry for 100 miles. John Sutter is on a mission to change that — starting by kayaking the whole thing. Even where there’s no water. http://hcne.ws/kayak-san-joaquin

June 25, 2014
The man behind a New Mexico county's fracking ban

John Olívas led the charge for Mora county in New Mexico to become the first in the U.S. to permanently ban corporations from fracking or otherwise developing oil and gas within its borders.

June 23, 2014
"This is one of the largest wildlife die-offs that we know of. It’s a signal in the ecosystem that something’s not right."

Starfish with Starfish Wasting Syndrome

High Country News: http://hcne.ws/1qq1T7U

June 18, 2014
The Forest Service now spends 40 percent of its budget on firefighting, compared to just 15 percent in the early 90s. This year, it expects to spend about $1.5 billion on suppression, and will probably overrun the fire budget by close to $500 million, according to a May report from Dept. of Interior. Here are the other programs that will see funding cuts as a result: http://hcne.ws/1pCHZE7

The Forest Service now spends 40 percent of its budget on firefighting, compared to just 15 percent in the early 90s. This year, it expects to spend about $1.5 billion on suppression, and will probably overrun the fire budget by close to $500 million, according to a May report from Dept. of Interior. Here are the other programs that will see funding cuts as a result: http://hcne.ws/1pCHZE7

June 11, 2014
Wildlife Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture division responsible for animal control, released data indicating that it killed over four million creatures in 2013 — a million more than it did the previous year. Experience a year in Wildlife Services’ campaign of lethal control through this infographic, sifted from the division’s 665-page report: http://hcne.ws/wildlife-kill

Wildlife Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture division responsible for animal control, released data indicating that it killed over four million creatures in 2013 — a million more than it did the previous year. Experience a year in Wildlife Services’ campaign of lethal control through this infographic, sifted from the division’s 665-page report: http://hcne.ws/wildlife-kill

June 9, 2014
Congress considers largest dam removal in U.S. history

Congress is considering a bill that paves the way for the largest dam removal in U.S. history,knocking out four dams near the Klamath River Basin, opening up 420 miles of habitat and restoring salmon runs by an estimated 80 percent.

June 4, 2014
"Guns represent a worldview that, broadly defined, values the individual over the collective, vigorous outdoorsiness over pallid intellectualism, certainty over questioning, patriotism over internationalism, manliness over femininity, action over inaction, the Interior over the Coasts. If instead you value reason over force, skepticism over certainty, internationalism over American exceptionalism, multiculturalism over white-male hegemony, income leveling over jungle capitalism, peace over war – if you’re a stereotypical liberal, for lack of a better word – and you feel more at home on the Coasts than in the Interior, you’re inclined to see the gun as the emblem of your opponent’s worldview: his idol."

The great gun-rights divide: A liberal gun owner finds ‘gun nuts’ on both sides of the debate. http://hcne.ws/1kkuKHl

May 30, 2014
Three men are presumed dead in Colorado’s giant mudslide near Collbran. Warm temperatures and rapid snowmelt could cause a secondary slide, putting oil and gas wells in the path of a sea of mud and debris some 250 feet deep. How much should the risk of natural disaster be factored into energy planning? (Getty photo) http://hcne.ws/1tQewIL

Three men are presumed dead in Colorado’s giant mudslide near Collbran. Warm temperatures and rapid snowmelt could cause a secondary slide, putting oil and gas wells in the path of a sea of mud and debris some 250 feet deep. How much should the risk of natural disaster be factored into energy planning? (Getty photo) http://hcne.ws/1tQewIL

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