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  • Beehive state may get new wilderness — and more

    In Utah, an "omnibus" public-lands bill may create several new wilderness areas near Zion National Park, but at the same time authorize the auction of federal lands for development

  • Hope for the West's open lands

    The Quivira Coalition is working hard to try to preserve the West’s remaining private ranchlands – but much more needs to be done to protect this invaluable land

  • How Arizona's culture helped shape the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords

    How Arizona's culture helped shape the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords

    If you want to understand why Jared Lee Loughner shot Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and 18 others at a Tucson Safeway in 2011, look to Arizona’s soulless culture and vitriolic politics.

  • Contaminated water can't stop Californiasprawl

    Perchlorate, a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel, has been found in drinking water wells, but that won’t stop the development of West Creek, a planned community northeast of Los Angeles

  • Pity the Sacketts? Not much

    Pity the Sacketts? Not much

    An Idaho couple are getting a lot of sympathy because the EPA has halted construction of their planned home on a wetland, but if the agency would be more open with the facts, it would come out looking better.

  • 'I hope other states don't do this ...'

    Renee Ross weighs in on the pros – and cons – of Oregon’s Measure 37

  • 'Great recreation value ... and great economic value...'

    Jim Miller weighs in on the pros – and cons – of Oregon’s Measure 37

  • 'I kick myself for being so naive...'

    Ted Schroeder weighs in on the pros – and cons – of Oregon’s Measure 37

  • 'It's clear out of control ...'

    Bill Roses weigh in on the pros – and cons – of Oregon’s Measure 37

  • The noisy democracy of the West

    The revised edition of Peter Decker’s Old Fences, New Neighbors examines the changes that population growth has brought to remote Ouray County in western Colorado

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