Thanksgiving Reflections on Standing Rock

Our colleague Elizabeth Sutton was recently in North Dakota at Standing Rock. She returned to Cedar Falls with a story that we share with you here. Posted today on ANtiDoTeZine.com, her article “Thanksgiving Reflections on Standing Rock” offers insight into the ongoing actions/reactions against Dakota Access, police forces, local communities, Native American tribes, and water […]

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A Disappeared Resource

by Leisl Carr Childers This semester, I have asked my students to explore the history of nuclear testing through the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project and related digital collections through the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Nevada Field Office of the National Nuclear Security Administration in Las Vegas, which operates the Nuclear Testing Archive and […]

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Restoring a River and a People: The Elwha River Project

by Michael W. Childers with photographs by Leisl Carr Childers Standing on the abandoned roadbed, I look down at the large earthworks imagining the dam and hydroelectric plant that once stood here. There are signs of the dam if you know where to look. A small eye-hook embedded into the ground, a handful of holes […]

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Shawn Regan of PERC on Managing Conflicts Over US Federal Rangelands

The national conversation about managing grazing on public lands is becoming more thoughtful as groups across the country weigh in, many pointing to helpful publications that predate the events at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. One of those organizations approached BlogWest and we appreciated the perspective they had to offer. The Property and Environment Research […]

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Cliven Bundy Revisited

I take back the term “empathy.” I’m not even sure I’m sympathetic at this point. Over the weekend, after the completion of a peaceful protest by several hundred marchers in Burns, Oregon, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive.com, “a group of outside militants drove to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, where they seized and occupied the refuge headquarters.” Among the […]

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Remembering a Mushroom Cloud

by Joseph E. Taylor III I come from a place that knew what a mushroom cloud looked like well before Nagasaki, Hiroshima, and Alamogordo. That place is called the Nestucca Valley, but the relevant landscape is known more simply as “The Tillamook.” The relevant date is August 24, 1933. The relevant image is this: The […]

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The Autry Public History Prize

We are quickly approaching the  Western History Association April 1, 2015 awards deadline and the administrators at BlogWest would like to highlight one of the awards – the Autry Public History Prize – because of its emphasis on public engagement and because the WHA has extended its deadline to May 1, 2015. This award honors projects that […]

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