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    Nevada names

    Helen Carlson's book, "Nevada Place Names," is a delightful dictionary that untangles the stories behind the state's place names.

  • Feature

    Bones of Contention

    Anthropologist Christy Turner has stirred up a lot of controversy with his book, "Man Corn: Cannibalism and Violence in the Prehistoric American Southwest."

  • Book Reviews

    Living in the outdoors

    The completely revised and rewritten book, "The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide" by Mark Harvey, is a well-written guide to being in the forests, deserts and high country.

  • Book Reviews

    Home Free

    The Humane Society of the United States has begun its own land trust, the Wildlife Land Trust, which is particularly dedicated to wildlife protection.

  • News

    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.

  • Uncommon Westerners

    A man to match our mountains

    Legendary mountaineer and outdoor educator Paul Petzoldt, who founded the National Outdoor Leadership Training School (NOLS) and the Wilderness Education Association, has died at the age of 91.

  • Essays

    All our backs are a bit wet

    Watching as an illegal immigrant is arrested near Rio Rico, Ariz., the author considers the risks that border-crossers must take, and remembers that his own great-great-great-grandfather was once an immigrant, too.

  • Essays

    A bittersweet victory in the New West

    Overjoyed at the ruling that means the Dry Lake volcanic area near Flagstaff, Ariz., will not be developed as planned, an activist still feels compassion for the developer, remembering her own gambling days and how it feels to gamble and lose.

  • News

    Developer told to scale back

    Developer Jim Mehen is ordered to scale back his development plans for the Dry Lake volcanic area near Flagstaff, Ariz.

  • News

    An Arizona mayor condemns the New West's thirst for servants

    In a fiery open letter to the Aspen Daily News, Douglas, Ariz., Mayor Ray Borane blames the resort's dependence on cheap illegal labor for the social and economic problems that plague border towns like his.

  • Essays

    Isn't it about time for a New West celebration?

    With tongue firmly in cheek, the writer argues that small Western towns need to give up their traditional summer festivals celebrating the Old West, and replace them with events honoring the New West in all its strangeness.

  • Book Reviews

    In the new West, we're all tourists

    In his new book, "Devil's Bargains: Tourism in the Twentieth-Century American West," author Hal K. Rothman paints a grim picture of the social damage wrought by today's industrial tourism industry.

  • Book Reviews

    Making the land pay

    A new report, "Incentives for Conserving Open Lands in Greater Yellowstone," offers suggestions for farmers and ranchers to make land pay without selling out to developers.

  • News

    Taylor Ranch sells

    The remaining 54,000 acres of Colorado's Taylor Ranch - called La Sierra by the Hispanic locals - have been sold to Western Properties Investors, and no one is sure what the fate of the land will be.

  • Feature

    Low-paid service workers get squeezed in a booming Montana resort town

    As the nearby Big Mountain Ski Resort booms, service workers find they can no longer afford to live in what was once the working-class town of Whitefish, Mont.

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