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  • Oil shale, our feel-good rock

    The writer has seen oil shale come and go before

  • 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

  • The day they close the pass

    The writer looks forward to the day they close the continent’s highest paved pass

  • Of Western myth and jackalopes

    One of the West’s funkiest icons, the jackalope, was born in Douglas, Wyo., in 1932, the creation of the late Douglas Herrick

  • Of Western myth and jackalopes

    Seventy years ago, Douglas Herrick attached antelope horns to the head of a stuffed jackrabbit, and one of the West’s most enduring and beloved icons – the jackalope – was brought to life in Wyoming

  • Dreams for sale in Leadville, Colorado

    Every year, a new team of economic-development consultants comes to Leadville, Colo., to peddle false hopes about the troubled town’s future.

  • In search of the Glory Days

    Twenty years after its longtime mainstay, the Climax Molybdenum Mine, closed, Leadville, Colo., is still groping for a secure economy and a new identity.

  • Why one Nevada town is the last, smartest boomtown

    Steve Voynick praises Elko, Nevada, for getting ready for the inevitable gold-mining bust.

  • Leadville's old mines are suppurating sores

    Although the mines around Leadville, Colo., have closed, acid mine drainage continues to sicken the Arkansas River.

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