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  • Reading, riding and relaxing

    Architect Kevin Koernig, who commutes from suburban Littleton to downtown Denver, loves light rail because it saves him money, keeps him healthy, and gives him extra time to read

  • A city center in the suburbs

    Charlie Lybrand enjoys living in his transit-oriented complex in metro Denver, because he rarely has to drive to get to college or go out to party

  • Gold from the Gas Fields

    Energy companies are reaping billions from the West, but few states outside Wyoming are making sure that wealth stays at home and is invested wisely.

  • Storing fat from the feeding frenzy

    Westerners need to prepare for the next economic bust by saving money from today’s energy boom, just as black bears store calories in the form of fat in order to get through the winter

  • Energy companies plow some profits back into Western ground

    Raymond Plank, chairman of Apache Corp., says responsible companies like his prove that the energy industry can reduce its environmental impacts and give more back to local communities

  • Severed at the hip

    A Wilderness Society report shows that Western rural communities are not dependent on the extractive use of nearby public lands.

  • Caretakers wanted

    "The Caretaker Gazette" helps ranchers and homeowners find caretakers and live-in stewards.

  • Plains sense

    Ten years after Frank and Deborah Popper first proposed turning depopulated Great Plains counties into a 'Buffalo Commons,' their once-controversial ideas are getting more respect in the region as the population continues to decline.

  • Making buffalo pay

    In the Great Plains, some buffalo ranchers are trying to make the animals pay without turning them into beef cattle clones.

  • A Buffalo Commons bibliography

    A bibliography offers more information on the Buffalo Commons idea and the ecology and economics of the Great Plains.

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