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    Beauty and Solitude

    Red Rock Mesa, an artists' community, will offer studio space and cabins for all kinds of artists who wish to spend time near Zion National Park in Utah.

  • News

    Crater doesn't come cheap

    Conservationists will need to come up with $3 million to buy a 247-acre caldera near Flagstaff, Ariz., called Dry Lake, from the developer whose plans for the site were stalled by them.

  • Book Reviews

    A norteno champions a local environmental ethic

    The essays that sociologist Devon Peûa has assembled in his book, "Chicano Culture, Ecology, Politics: Subversive Kin," argue for a homegrown Chicano environmental ethic in the changing, contested landscape of New Mexico.

  • Essays

    Do we really need the rural West?

    A Las Vegas historian argues that the rural West is nothing but an anachronism that means nothing in today's New West.

  • Book Reviews

    Ludlow Massacre memorialized

    Joanna Sampson's booklet, "Remember Ludlow!", tells the story of the Ludlow Massacre, when National Guard troops fired on striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow, Colo., in 1914.

  • News

    Wildcat subdivisions fuel fight over sprawl

    In Arizona, "wildcat" subdivisions such as Picture Rocks are springing up everywhere, and lawmakers and antigrowth activists are fighting over how to bring the sprawl under control.

  • News

    Grass roots keeps town tiny

    Tiny Stehekin, Wash., thwarts a developer's plans to build condominiums and "boom" the town.

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    'It's my dream'

    Russian-born Elena Bernlohr describes her journey from railroad construction engineering in Moscow to working as a bookkeeper for the Breckenridge, Colo., Music Festival.

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    'There are no support networks here'

    In her own words, Polish immigrant Aldona Sobiecki talks about the Polish community in Breckenridge, Colorado.

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    'Ain't no sucha thing as you can't'

    Bernice Thomas talks about her job running the maids' training school for the Culinary Workers Union in Las Vegas.

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    'Women are the backbone of the union'

    In her own words, banquet server Peggy Pierce talks about life in Las Vegas and women in the union.

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    The drive to organize

    Geoconda Arguello-Kline describes her work as an organizer for the Culinary Workers Union in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Feature

    At your service: Unions help some Western workers serve themselves

    In Las Vegas, strong unions help service workers achieve the kind of prosperity and security seldom reached by the working-class people of the West's non-union resort towns.

  • Essays

    The infinite West reaches its limits

    In the West, the culture of the infinite comes up against the growing culture of the finite, which says we must adapt to nature and accept limits.

  • Essays

    The Old West is small potatoes in the new economy

    In the New West, local and state governments can't compete with huge multinational corporations.

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