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  • Ballot-box democracy

    The same kind of "ballot-box planning" that’s been used to control development in small towns like Paonia, Colo., is being manipulated by Wal-Mart in its quest to build more Supercenters in the West

  • Global climate change? Let’s go shopping

    Jim Stiles scoffs at the notion of saving the planet by buying so-called “green” products.

  • I've tried, but I can't eat the view

    Missoula, Mont., like many amenity-rich Western towns, is becoming too expensive for its working-class population

  • Storing fat from the feeding frenzy

    Westerners need to prepare for the next economic bust by saving money from today’s energy boom, just as black bears store calories in the form of fat in order to get through the winter

  • The day they close the pass

    As mountain towns get more accessible and lively, even in midwinter, the author relishes the way his tiny, remote town slows to a stop once the mountain pass highway is closed for the season

  • Waxing and waning in the Modern West

    Collaborative conservation may help revive both endangered prairie ecosystems and the struggling farm communities of the Great Plains

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