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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

  • The paradox of the housing boom and bust

    The paradox of the housing boom and bust

    Outside Delta, Colo sits yet another rural subdivision that was never completed -- a sign of the West's housing bust and of the difficulty of regulating rural growth.

  • 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.

  • Land deal, New Mexico style

    In booming Albuquerque, N.M., the former Atrisco Land Grant – now the Westland Development Corporation – wants to sell land to developers, but not all the land grant heirs are pleased with the prospect

  • Poison in the Wind

    As suburban neighborhoods sprawl into California’s agricultural land, residents are faced with pesticide drift and other problems

  • The adolescent West

    The adolescent West

    Logan, Utah, needs to get over its adolescent angst and decide what it wants to be when it grows up.

  • Wyoming wildlife faces twin threats

    A major pronghorn migration route near Pinedale, Wyo., gets squeezed by new subdivisions and oil and gas drill rigs

  • Green 'New Urbanist' development rises in Albuquerque suburbs

    Green 'New Urbanist' development rises in Albuquerque suburbs

    An ambitious green development is in the works on Mesa del Sol just outside of Albuquerque, N.M.

  • Beyond the exurban dream

    The West’s rural areas are erupting with large-lot, big, expensive homes, but the actual costs of this new rural lifestyle extend far beyond the purchase price

  • So far, Oregon land-use measure is more bark than bite

    Oregon’s Measure 37 has so far proven less liberating than property-rights activists thought, and less destructive than sprawl-fighters feared

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