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Where the Buffalo (May) Roam

[This blog is crossposted at http://uwpressblog.com/] The Department of the Interior recently issued a plan to reintroduce free-roaming bison across the Intermountain West and Great Plains. This news came with praise from advocates of wild bison and sharp criticism from ranchers who view buffalo and the diseases they can carry as threats to their livelihoods. Here,…

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Celebrating Yosemite Part 7 – The First Ascent of El Capitan and the Question of Appropriate Recreation

At 6:00 a.m. on November 12, 1958, after climbing through the night, Warren Harding, Wayne Merry, and George Whitmore pulled themselves over the edge of El Capitan, completing a 45-day siege of the granite wall overlooking the Yosemite Valley. The highly publicized first ascent of the three-thousand-foot “Nose” provided the first real challenge to the…

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Western Historians Among Notable Book Winners

Over the past couple months, a number of books by western historians have won several prestigious awards. Spanning from the Colonial Era and Early Republic through the opening decade of the 21st century, the books demonstrate a breathtaking depth of topics covered by some of the profession’s best talents. Alan Taylor won his second Pulitzer Prize…