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  • The end of something really big

    The chance to see a huge dead whale draws "carcass tourists" to the California coast

  • To die fighting: a review of Jesse's Ghost: A Novel

    To die fighting: a review of Jesse's Ghost: A Novel

    In Frank Bergon's new novel, a young man in California's Central Valley is haunted by the memory of his best friend, whom he murdered.

  • The loneliness of the redneck environmentalist

    Drew Pogge is caught between two cultures: the redneck good ol’ boy gearheads of his youth, and the holier-than-thou environmentalists of his present.

  • River Town

    River Town

    Flagstaff, Ariz., may not really have its own river, but to many of its residents it is a true river town.

  • We're not all Right in Idaho

    We're not all Right in Idaho

    Being one of the few liberals in a conservative Western city requires tolerance and a love of community that transcends political divisions.

  • Friends in high places

    In the essays gathered in Breaking Through the Clouds, Richard Fleck weaves in history, humanity and poetry to tell the stories of the mountains he climbs

  • Those buck-tooth dammers are back, big-time

    Those buck-tooth dammers are back, big-time

    Beavers return to northern Colorado, improving aquatic diversity.

  • Winter Prayer

    Snowshoeing alone at night in the forest, a woman thinks – and prays – about the friends she loves, and the families they worry about.

  • Starry Eyes

    When it comes to perfect starry nights, the West is always the winner

  • Saving the Sierra, tale by tale

    Independent radio producers Catherine Stifter and jesikah maria ross are trying to help the Sierra Nevada by preserving the stories of the people who live there

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