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  • Conservation agreements try to head off endangered species listings

    Conservation agreements try to head off endangered species listings

    Candidate conservation agreements try to keep rare species, like Colorado's Gunnison sage grouse, off the endangered species list, or at least healthy enough to lessen the restrictions that come with listing.

  • A Colorado newspaperman fights for his valley's water

    A Colorado newspaperman fights for his valley's water

    Bob Rawlings, publisher of the Pueblo Chieftain, has battled for decades to bring water to southeastern Colorado and, once it's there, to keep it no matter what.

  • Residents of Montana's High Plains are angry - but not at the real threats

    Residents of Montana's High Plains are angry - but not at the real threats

    Though climate change and the economy are the issues threatening their livelihoods, many of the High Plains people are angry at almost everything else.

  • Fixing what ain't broken in Foggy Bottom

    Fixing what ain't broken in Foggy Bottom

    The U.S. House of Representatives is wasting its time passing unnecessary and absurd laws, but at least that’s helping to keep it out of trouble.

  • Resolutions for living smarter in 2012

    Resolutions for living smarter in 2012

    We could all live healthier, more fulfilling and sustainable lives if we would try to do more with less.

  • Land trusts thrive despite, and because of, the Great Recession

    Land trusts thrive despite, and because of, the Great Recession

    The recession has afforded a unique opportunity for land trusts to protect more of the West’s private open land through direct acquisitions and, increasingly, conservation easements.

  • Heard around the West

    Dirk Kempthorne and luxury RVs; The Farmer Wants a Wife, maybe; no rules (or bras) at Sturgis; look before you pee; hard-working Washington pot-growers; Arizona’s biggest marijuana farm; with defense lawyers like this one, who needs a prosecutor?; and big bird with a bad grip

  • Heard around the West

    Running shoes for immigrants; farming fun; Red Delicious apples weren’t; Utah’s only archaeology cop; Fiasco’s Mexican Grill; Codes of the West for urban newcomers

  • Management by mega-fire

    It’s a basic fact of Western life that fire rarely behaves the way we want it to.

  • How can "woofers" stay on the farm?

    How can "woofers" stay on the farm?

    Young people are eager to serve as unpaid interns on organic farms, but translating their dreams into a real, self-supporting lifestyle is proving harder.

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