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  • Living the news, publishing every week

    Living the news, publishing every week

    Across the nation, small, understaffed newspapers like Washington's Methow Valley News work to bring local news to their rural readers.

  • Rural Oregon timber county seeks economic revival through renewables

    Rural Oregon timber county seeks economic revival through renewables

    Rural Lake County, Ore., has gone from a timber economy to one based on producing - and exporting - renewable energy.

  • Men with boots

    The transformation of once-scrappy mining towns like Silverton, Colo., and Superior, Ariz., into trendy tourist havens is bound to leave the locals with mixed feelings and some nostalgia.

  • Credo: The People’s West

    Photographer Stephen Trimble offers suggestions for how citizens and communities can reinvent their relationship with the Western landscape.

  • Spring-cleaning the acequia: A photo essay

    Spring-cleaning the acequia: A photo essay

    The annual spring cleaning of its irrigation ditch brings tiny El Cerrito, N.M., together to work and celebrate.

  • Timberlands up for grabs

    As the West’s privately owned timberlands go up for sale, small towns like Glenwood, Wash., are working to buy local forests and manage them for the good of the community

  • For sale: The West

    As privately owned timberlands go up for sale around the West, some communities are trying to find ways to keep their forests from disappearing in a flood of development

  • A eulogy for the West that was

    In Requiem for the West, Roger Brown laments the loss of soul and solitude in the small mountain towns of the Colorado Rockies

  • Just where is that home on the range?

    A View from the Inland Empire, a new collection of essays from Stephen J. Lyons, is an honest account of coming to — and later leaving — the West, and in the process learning about home and heart and family

  • Town Shopping

    With all the formerly cool, "undiscovered" small towns now caught up in the New West’s booming real estate frenzy, it’s getting hard to find an affordable place to call home

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