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  • Small-town struggle in a big land

    In his first book, The Enders Hotel, Brandon R. Schrand describes a childhood spent growing up in a funky hotel in the small town of Soda Springs, Idaho.

  • Under the radar

    Homeless families aren’t found only in urban areas. They’re also struggling to survive in the rural West, as shown by the story of Barbara Trivitt and her two children, who lived in a Jeep in Coos Bay, Oregon, this fall.

  • Grazing buyouts help land and ranchers

    Some Western ranchers, fed up with economic problems and other conflicts, are handing over their grazing allotments to conservation groups in exchange for a healthy check

  • Of feral dogs, and feral Westerners

    Westerners like to romanticize our wide-open spaces and wild wolves, but in rural areas, our real mascot is the ubiquitous feral dog

  • Call me a local and forget about my grandpappy

    Call me a local and forget about my grandpappy

    Small-town Westerners need to get over the notion that just because they have a grandparent buried nearby they deserve a greater voice in local politics.

  • The rural West's pragmatic booster

    Economist and demographer Larry Swanson wants to help rural Western communities find a way to survive

  • You ain’t from around here, are you?

    In Brave New West: Morphing Moab at the Speed of Greed, Jim Stiles rips into the amenity-oriented tourist economy that has transformed his once-beloved Moab, but he offers little in the way of useful alternatives.

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