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  • A hard winter makes you think

    Rhonda Claridge describes a hard winter in the high mountains and points out that one seldom-acknowledged effect of climate change could be harder winters in some parts of the world.

  • Down the alleys and through the collectibles

    Bill Croke enjoys a rite of spring peculiar to small towns: Strolling the neighborhood alleys and snooping to see what everyone’s up to.

  • A hard winter makes you think

    Rhonda Claridge describes a hard winter in the high mountains, and points out that one seldom-acknowledged effect of climate change could be harder winters in some parts of the world.

  • March madness trims the herd

    Just as winter turns into spring, Paul Larmer watches a young elk die in western Colorado.

  • My love affair with dandelions

    Jeannie Pomeroy’s lifelong love affair with dandelions blooms anew with every spring.

  • Dry to the bone

    Despite a relatively snowy winter here in western Colorado, the season itself seems to have shrunk, with spring arriving weeks earlier than it once did in a trend with ominous consequences for the desert Southwest, particularly Phoenix.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Death (and life) in the Sonoran Desert; fire and drought in the Southwest; courts rule against Bush on environmental issues.

  • Heard around the West

    Arnold Schwarzenegger and hydrogen-powered cars; 19th century operas vs. political correctness; dogs vs. coyotes in Telluride; turning Mount Democrat into a Republican; Sen. Pete Dominici loses wallet and identity; stupid bank-robber tricks; and honk if y

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