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  • Resurrecting J. Thomas

    The crumbling remains of a man named J. Thomas have a story to tell about life and death in the northern Colorado in the 1870s

  • Let me tell you about a real winter

    Let me tell you about a real winter

    A Wyoming rancher remembers the winter of 1979 -- what it was like tending cattle at 52 below zero.

  • Room for everyone

    Room for everyone

    A "hodgepodge of humanity" visits Mojave desert hot springs -- and there's room enough for all.

  • Just another giddyup

    The New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association’s Zia Rodeo brings out all kinds of cowboys and cowgirls

  • Elementary, my dear cowpuncher

    In Steve Hockensmith’s historical mystery, Holmes on the Range, Montana cowboys inspired by the Sherlock Holmes stories try their hand at solving a murder

  • The movie-magic West rides again

    The movie-magic West rides again

    If you want to see the Old West live again, drop by a ranch and offer to help with the springtime cattle branding.

  • The Rise of the Minotaur

    The Rise of the Minotaur

    Bull riding explodes from its rural Western roots to become a modern spectacle along the lines of NASCAR.

  • In hunting camp, the closet is closed

    A "gay, wolf-loving, tree-hugging former Marine" writes about Brokeback Mountain, elk hunting, and his own lifelong experience with shame and prejudice

  • Ego gates get my goat — and that's just the beginning

    Why do newcomers to the West need to build such obnoxious entrance gates to their brand-new ranchettes?

  • Down — but far from out — in Drummond

    In Drummond: Ranch Life in the West, Jill Brody uses photographs and interviews to paint a vivid portrait of life in a hardscrabble Montana ranching town

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