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  • A novel solution to the drug problem

    A novel solution to the drug problem

    A police officer suggests that all drugs should be legalized and regulated, except for meth – and that meth dealers ought to be punished unmercifully.

  • A poacher's menagerie

    A poacher's menagerie

    Some of the more dramatic recent arrests involving wildlife trafficking in the Western U.S. are briefly described.

  • Crime crackdown in Indian Country

    Crime crackdown in Indian Country

    A federal attempt to improve public safety on four reservations has gotten off to a rocky start.

  • Dangerous game

    Dangerous game

    Western game wardens are hampered by huge territories, increased responsibilities and continuing budget cuts.

  • Heard around the West

    Worms at work; stupid hunter tricks; fighting starlings with falcons; cemetery soccer; Schweitzer’s dang-tootin’; Mount Rushmoo

  • Heard around the West

    Something’s fishy in California; dolphins do Rambo; big bad wolf wasn’t wild; conspicuous consumption in Boulder; déjà vu all over again in Interior Department; ski bum is dead, long live ski bums; not everything stays in Vegas.

  • Problems in Paradise

    The brutal murder of a Japanese tourist shines an unwelcome spotlight on the social problems plaguing Arizona’s beautiful but troubled Havasupai Reservation

  • The great New Mexican juniper massacre

    The great New Mexican juniper massacre

    On public land in New Mexico, firewood-hunters have illegally cut down hundreds of old-growth juniper trees, much to the dismay of the Bureau of Land Management and environmental activists.

  • The Public Lands' Big Cash Crop

    Elaborate marijuana gardens, created and managed by Mexican drug lords, are turning California’s public lands into a dangerous, illegal, industrial-style landscape

  • The vast, unpatrolled public lands

    The same solitude that attracts nature-lovers to the West’s public lands attracts lawbreakers as well – particularly a growing number of Mexican marijuana-growers

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