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  • The painful beauty of love

    Melanie Rae Thon's short stories, gathered in her collection In This Light, paint a desolate and tender picture of the West.

  • A new measure of poverty shifts rankings in the West

    A new measure of poverty shifts rankings in the West

    When determining who is poor, the Census Bureau takes geography into account in its Supplemental Poverty Measure.

  • Tarp Nation

    Tarp Nation

    Throughout the West, tent cities and shantytowns with names like Taco Flat have sprung up to house the poor and dispossessed.

  • The persistence of a golden time in the West

    The persistence of a golden time in the West

    Seventy years after the publication of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, migrant workers still roam the West, eking out a tough living in its orchards and farm fields.

  • Dust off your survival skills

    Dust off your survival skills

    In tough economic times like these, we could learn a lot from our pioneer ancestors, who managed to survive – and thrive – in a harsh Western landscape.

  • The great New Mexican juniper massacre

    The great New Mexican juniper massacre

    On public land in New Mexico, firewood-hunters have illegally cut down hundreds of old-growth juniper trees, much to the dismay of the Bureau of Land Management and environmental activists.

  • Conservative legislator takes on Wal-Mart

    Idaho’s Republican Speaker of the House, Rep. Bruce Newcomb, wants to force Wal-Mart to either provide health insurance for its Idaho employees or reimburse the state for providing Medicaid coverage

  • Problems in Paradise

    The brutal murder of a Japanese tourist shines an unwelcome spotlight on the social problems plaguing Arizona’s beautiful but troubled Havasupai Reservation

  • Tent cities and what they tell us

    Tent cities and what they tell us

    Most Americans associate slums with places like Mumbai, India, but all over the West, tent cities and shantytowns are springing up to house the dispossessed.

  • The teenagers we're not helping

    The teenagers we're not helping

    The West's gay teenagers are too often ignored -- abandoned by their families to live on the streets or in overcrowded homeless shelters.

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