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    Mormons on the land

    The anthology "New Genesis: A Mormon Reader on Land and Community" features essays by contemporary Mormons who seek a reconciliation between their faith and the Utah landscape.

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    On the Web, church chats up a storm

    The internal debate over the Church Universal and Triumphant's recent changes is reflected in cyberspace, where Web sites air opinions pro and con.

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    Church picks and chooses to create a belief system

    The theology of the Church Universal and Triumphant is a smorgasbord of world religions that the new church leadership is trying to repackage in a more accessible form.

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    A biography of Prophet's most recent life

    Elizabeth Clare Prophet's most recent incarnation has led her through four marriages, the founding of the Church Universal and Triumphant and now a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease that forces her to step down from the leadership of the sect.

  • Feature

    Selling off the Promised Land

    In Montana, the Church Universal and Triumphant re-invents itself as its charismatic founder, Elizabeth Clare Prophet, retires, and new leadership offers part of the sect's Royal Teton Ranch for conservation easements and federal land trades.

  • Book Reviews

    Clearcut the neighborhood

    "More Dogs on Main Street" by Tom Clyde is a collection of often humorous newspaper columns focused on the transformation of Park City, Utah, from a rough mountain town to a posh ski resort.

  • Book Reviews

    Giving voice to a Lakota history

    "Lakota Noon: The Indian Narrative of Custer's Defeat" by Gregory F. Michno, allows the winners of the historic battle to tell their story of what happened.

  • Essays

    Yankee stay home

    An East Coast writer recalls how he first fell utterly in love with the desert landscape of Tucson, Ariz., and later decided he loved it so much he would have to protect it by not moving there.

  • Book Reviews

    Riding the rails in Colorado

    "The Colorado Railroad and Rail Corridor Guide" will be useful both to those trying to preserve existing rail lines and those seeking to turn abandoned rail corridors into trails.

  • News

    Tucson draws a line on sprawl

    Environmentalists applaud the Pima County Board of Supervisors' decision to kill the Canoa Ranch development, planned on the outskirts of rapidly growing Tucson, Ariz.

  • News

    Ghost town hangs on

    The 20 residents of a Montana ghost town called Southern Cross are fighting eviction notices issued when the mining company that owned the land under their homes sold it to developers.

  • News

    Renegade house with a view - for now

    A three-story house being built on the rim of Washington's Columbia River Gorge - in defiance of the National Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area - has become a battleground between supporters of the scenic act and property-rights advocates.

  • News

    Cows conquer condos

    A 32,000-acre ranch on the border of Utah and Colorado will remain a ranch rather than a subdivision, thanks to the efforts of a land trust in each state that helped the landowner place conservation easements on his land.

  • News

    Does soccer tread on open space?

    Residents of King County, Wash., are fighting over whether a 112-acre farm, protected by the county's farmland preservation program, can be turned into a soccer field.

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    An entrepreneurial spirit

    Yan Saeteurn, who was born in Laos and now lives in Redding, Calif., has built a life brokering matsutake mushrooms in the Oregon woods.

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