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  • A long walk into hope

    Bill McKibben’s new book, Wandering Home, is a hopeful account of a leisurely hike across northeastern America, as relevant to the West as it is to the East

  • A look at the West, in the funhouse mirror

    Old Westerners and New Westerners are equally hypocritical when it comes to caricaturing each other and not looking at themselves

  • A prodigal son is honored by his hometown

    A prodigal son is honored by his hometown

    Controversial writer Dalton Trumbo returns to his hometown of Grand Junction, Colo. -- in a bronze bathtub.

  • Billboard corporations and other big industries make their own rules

    Billboard corporations and other big industries make their own rules

    Burning down billboards isn't a good idea, but can a citizen fight the corporate power behind the big signs?

  • Dear Friends

    Many thanks for the inspirational Ed Abbey quote; Sedona board meeting and potluck coming up; How the West works; response to Robyn Morrison’s rock-climbing story; and corrections

  • Hits and missives from Cactus Ed

    In Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast, David Petersen assembles some of the correspondence of Western writer Edward Abbey into an eminently readable but ultimately unenlightening collection.

  • Monkey wrenchers keep on keeping on

    Monkey wrenchers keep on keeping on

    Ed Abbey's pugnacious spirit lives on in eco-activists like Tim DeChristopher, who quietly sabotaged a Utah BLM energy-lease auction.

  • Nostalgia is a moving target

    Curmudgeons like Jim Stiles – owner/editor of Moab’s Canyon Country Zephyr – have a lot to teach us about why it is so important for us to cling to the West that we love

  • Odes to an urban mountain range

    Two recent guidebooks – Mike Coltrin’s Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide and The Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains by Robert Julyan and Mary Stuever – are excellent guides to the trails and histories of the mountains outside Albuquerque

  • One war that's worth the fight

    In his memoir, Walking It Off, wilderness activist Doug Peacock tries to make sense of a life spent dealing with war, fighting for wilderness, and coping with cantankerous friends like the late Ed Abbey

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