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  • Light rail moves inland from the 'Left Coast'

    Light rail has become unexpectedly popular in deeply conservative Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Surprise!

    Surprise!

    Surprise, Ariz., exemplifies the Arizona real estate collapse along with what many see as the rise and fall of the car-dependent Western exurb.

  • Planning for uncertainty

    A Phoenix symposium on dealing with drought and global warming echoes the larger uncertainties facing public-land and national park managers throughout the West.

  • Heard Around the West

    Biodiesel pirates; dinosaur bones for sale; archaeological developments; hot weather and cool bankrobbers; what to do with a big dead moose.

  • Gray water, green living

    Brian Moore has retrofitted his house in Phoenix, Ariz., to enable him to re-use water and live more sustainably

  • The Growth Machine is Broken

    The Growth Machine is Broken

    Phoenix land-use planners want to use a chunk of state trust land as a laboratory for future, more sustainable real estate development.

  • The street hierarchy

    The street hierarchy

    Aaron Gilbreath mulls the very large difference between being a pedestrian in ultra-cool Portland, Ore., and in sprawling Phoenix, Ariz.

  • How I ran for a U.S. Senate seat, and what I learned

    How I ran for a U.S. Senate seat, and what I learned

    A first-hand account by a longtime Arizona investigative reporter, John Dougherty, about his surprising Senate campaign.

  • Against the current

    For a long time, the West used water as if the supply were endless, but nowadays environmentalists are finding that too much efficiency causes problems of its own, especially in fragile ecosystems like the Colorado River Delta.

  • Heard around the West

    Pac-O-Art art vending machine; turning against Wal-Mart; Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest; Boy Scouts sued for blaze; ORVers need potty-training; bull elk get really hungry

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