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  • The day they close the pass

    As mountain towns get more accessible and lively, even in midwinter, the author relishes the way his tiny, remote town slows to a stop once the mountain pass highway is closed for the season

  • In praise of ancient tree stumps

    In praise of ancient tree stumps

    Snoqualmie, Wash., is scattered with giant stumps that tell the area's history -- except in a brand-new development, where such signs of "real" Western life have been removed.

  • Life during wartime

    Life during wartime

    In his new short story collection, Refresh, Refresh, Benjamin Percy explores the lives of people in rural Oregon during the Iraq War.

  • The Doc is in

    The Doc is in

    Rural folks find common ground at a vet's office in Western Colorado.

  • The terror and beauty of away games

    The terror and beauty of away games

    In small Western towns, schoolkids – and their parents – often make long journeys over rugged mountain roads just to play other high school sports teams.

  • Everybody wants to move to my town

    Everybody wants to move to my town

    Steve Bunk returns to his old hometown of Boise to find he’s not the only one in search of a sanctuary.

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