Front & Center: Appraiser Ruby Stroschein keeps tabs on farms and forestry

Written by Michael Guilfoil, this article was first published in the Spokesman-Review on September 11, 2016. Ruby Stroschein’s middle name is Miles – appropriate for a woman who logs nearly 20,000 of them each year. And whenever she sets out from her Moscow office, Stroschein is keenly aware of the minutiae beyond her windshield: what straw…

Pumped beyond limits, many U.S. aquifers in decline

NATIONWIDE ANALYSIS SHOWS DEPLETION OF GROUNDWATER WIDESPREAD AND WORSENING Story by Ian James and Steve Reilly | Photos and video by Steve Elfers. Reposted from USA Today. SUBLETTE, Kansas – Just before 3 a.m., Jay Garetson’s phone buzzed on the bedside table. He picked it up and read the text: “Low Pressure Alert.” He felt a…