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  • A demographer predicts big changes for the West’s housing landscape

    A demographer predicts big changes for the West’s housing landscape

    Are we all headed to “megapolitan” areas like the Wasatch Front and Sun Corridor?

  • Rural Education 2.0

    Rural Education 2.0

    Tiny Vilas, Colo., thought it was a great idea to open an online school and enroll at-risk students from far-away Denver – but neither the students nor the school district ended up scoring well at report card time

  • Spinning coal into gasoline

    Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is eager to build a synfuels plant to turn coal into diesel, but it will neither easy nor cheap to make gas gasification a reality in the West

  • The Fourth Wave

    With uranium prices rising, speculators are looking anew at busted mining towns like Jeffrey City, Wyo., but locals have learned to be skeptical

  • The rural West's pragmatic booster

    Economist and demographer Larry Swanson wants to help rural Western communities find a way to survive

  • Ethanol takes off in the West

    Critics say a new push for producing ethanol from corn is actually a waste of both energy and money

  • Harsh words from inside the Beltway

    A Washington Post columnist hits a nerve in Wyoming when he scolds the state for its dependence on oil and gas, lack of leadership and scarcity of good jobs.

  • Keeping 'em down on the High Plains

    The incestuous relationship between the oil and gas industry and the Wyoming government is finally being challenged through a state Supreme Court decision that ruled against Exxon.

  • Born caged: A new "wild' West

    The trend toward private ownership of wildlife - especially game ranching of elk - has dire consequences for both wild animals and the soul of the nation that once protected their wild status.

  • A very large subdivision riles a very small town

    Irate locals in Big Horn, Wyo., fight the ambitious golf course and vacation home development plans of Homer Scott Jr.

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