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  • A Proud Member of PAOBHA

    Today’s rural West with its monster homes and Hummers sorely needs a group like PAOBHA, People Against Ostentatious and Boorish Housing

  • All Westerners are stalwart (and other tall tales)

    Andrew Gulliford gets a kick out of the humor of the West, with its emphasis on boosterism, exaggeration and outright, extravagant lying.

  • Beware of wolves cloaked in "access"

    Beware of wolves cloaked in "access"

    The so-called Wilderness and Roadless Release Act promises greater access to public lands, but will actually end up harming the wild lands most Westerners love.

  • Cody Cortez: A faux-file of the West's most mysterious writer

    Cody Cortez: A faux-file of the West's most mysterious writer

    Buddhist cowboy poet Cody Cortez is so elusive it's almost as if he doesn't really exist.

  • Con: The cult of canning exposed

    Con: The cult of canning exposed

    Some consider it a harmless rite of autumn, but home canning has all the hallmarks of a dangerous religious cult.

  • Gators, dirt and hot tubs in the Cowboy State

    Annie Proulx’s new collection of short stories, Bad Dirt, celebrates and skewers the colorful characters of rural Wyoming

  • Heard Around the West

    Plants vs. terrorists; "Bovolexia"; Sierra Club brand products; rancher vs. Forest Service over water for firefighting; California vs. undisciplined bladders; and both enviros and conservatives rap Bush on environment

  • Hunting and gathering in the modern era

    Hunting and gathering in the modern era

    The peculiar rituals of contemporary American hunters and gatherers are well worth an anthropologist’s study.

  • Isn't it time to bury the hatchet?

    Tired of the rhetorical arguments that pass as conversation these days, the author proposes it’s time to take a blockhead to lunch – and listen to what he has to say

  • Just put an asterisk on the whole region

    How do we Westerners love our drugs? Let Ray Ring count the ways.

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