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  • Essays

    Of avalanche forecasting and snow haiku

    A day spent on skis with avalanche forecaster Jerry Roberts is filled with stellar crystals, snow haiku and unexpected beauty

  • Writers on the Range

    We need a shoe to drop on climate change

    We need a shoe to drop on climate change

  • Writers on the Range

    For wet or for dry

    A one-time New Yorker wonders if he will still love his Western home, if the drought continues and the landscape he loves keeps changing before his eyes.

  • News

    Hispanic community takes on polluters

    The working-class community of Barrio Logan, on the edge of downtown San Diego, successfully tackles a chrome-plating business that produces dangerous chemicals

  • Writers on the Range

    Like Butte, Montana, an old dog hangs on

    A mysterious, mostly wild dog, fed by local miners, has somehow survived for 16 years in the desolate moonscape of a Superfund site -- the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Mont.

  • Related Stories

    Brownfields program makes cleanup profitable

    The "Brownfields" program, an offshoot of Superfund, is designed to redevelop contaminated sites into real estate, but critics say it is not always up to the challenge.

  • Related Stories

    Superfund: On the Hill… on the ground

    Timelines trace the birth, life and decline of the Superfund law, both on Capitol Hill and on the ground in the West.

  • News

    Administration, industry stamp out clean air regs

    The auto industry, backed by the Bush administration, is trying to halt California’s progressive auto-emissions regulations.

  • Feature

    Life in the wasteland

    Eureka, Utah, a struggling former mining town, was named a Superfund priority site in September, but the Environmental Protection Agency is running out of funds for cleanup, and the Bush administration shows no interest in replacing them.

  • News

    Colorado community battles a toxic shipment

    Residents of the Canon City, Colo., suburb of Lincoln Park are fighting the proposed delivery of radioactive soil from a New Jersey Superfund site to the Cotter Corp. uranium mill

  • Writers on the Range

    Hot town, summer in the city

    Living with drought in cities such as Denver, Colo., has its challenges.

  • Feature

    The Great Western Apocalypse

    Record-breaking heat and drought are frying the West, and scientist John Harte of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colo., warns that this summer is only the kick-off for what global warming is likely to bring.

  • News

    Is this wilderness perverted?

    Utah Rep. Jim Hansen proposes half a million acres of wilderness in western Utah, but in the same amendment would dump hazardous waste in the nearby Skull Valley Goshute Reservation.

  • Essays

    In the West, drought is a native

    The West is naturally dry, according to the writer, and people should accept that fact, especially when there is a drought.

  • Book Reviews

    Fateful harvest a scary read

    Duff Wilson's book, "Fateful Harvest: The True Story of a Small Town, a Global Industry, and a Toxic Secret," investigates a local agricultural chemicals provider who attempted to pass toxic waste off as recycled fertilizer.

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