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  • Essays

    Out of the woods, blithe spirit

    An Idaho writer has a humorous take on the Rainbow Tribe Gathering in the state and the horrified overreaction of politicians, ranchers, Forest Service, environmentalists and Indians.

  • Heard Around the West

    Heard around the West

    Mark Russell gets laughs in Cody, Wyo.; Taking "north" out of N.D.; N.M. Gov. Gary Johnson flushed down toilet; Reagan on Rushmore?; "squaw" name eliminated in Idaho; wacky summer ideas; L.A. bear in backyard pool; Bush and energy subsidies.

  • Heard Around the West

    Heard around the West

    Battery-powered mowers; Idaho potato forgery; "Twin Peaks" vs. "Rattlesnake Ridge" school in Ariz; Black Hawk levels mountain for casino; funeral-planning seminars; video game on WTO protests; Casper, Wyo., renaming Wyo. high school after Dick Cheney.

  • News

    A maverick mayor takes on sprawl

    Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson delights anti-sprawl activists and angers Legacy Parkway supporters by personally joining a lawsuit to kill the controversial highway.

  • News

    Luxury homes torched in Tucson

    In Phoenix, Mark Warren Sands is charged with burning down eight trophy homes, but the June arsons that burned three brand-new, vacant luxury homes in Tucson's Pima Canyon Estates remain a mystery.

  • Heard Around the West

    Heard around the West

    Redi Kilowatt speaks out for energy conservation; satire lists Cheney's tips for conservation; losing library books; Rattlesnake Roundup in Alamogordo, N.M.; fun puns; N.M. State Police vs. suspicious truck.

  • News

    A seminal sprawl fight ends in compromise

    A six-year fight over the Canoa Ranch south of Tucson ended in compromise, with development to take place but 4,800 acres of open space to be preserved.

  • News

    Indian rock art under the drill?

    Crow Indians fear that rock art will be opened up to vandalism if Anschutz Exploration Co. drills an exploratory oil well and upgrades an access road in Montana's Weatherman Draw.

  • News

    University wolf study raises hackles

    The Utah Farm Bureau Federation is angry at University of Utah professor Robert Schmidt, whose class recently studied the biological and economic effects of a hypothetical wolf population in the state.

  • News

    Surprise! Boise votes for open space

    In conservative Idaho, Boise residents vote to tax themselves to conserve open space and stave off sprawl in the foothills.

  • Heard Around the West

    Heard around the West

    James Watt basking in nostalgia; California's energy woes; Bill Gates is a water hog; Army's new environmentally friendly bullet; Bush confuses Americans; Berkeley Pit has bugs; a beef in McDonalds' fries.

  • Book Reviews

    A sand-brown world

    "Getting Over the Color Green: Contemporary Environmental Literature of the Southwest," an anthology edited by Scott Slovic, is a fine and inclusive work that features familiar and unfamiliar writers.

  • News

    Takings legislation cracks Oregon's greenfoundation

    Oregon's Measure 7, a recently passed ballot initiative requiring state and county to pay landowners when regulations affect property values, may threaten the famously green land-use codes, which have protected the state from sprawl.

  • Heard Around the West

    Heard around the West

    Smokey Bear's new life as a controlled-burn advocate; Joseph, Ore., vs. pink pig-shaped barbecue; Californians fight back; California road rage and gender dysphoria; Seattle carpooling via Internet; ferret-lover vs. Aurora, Colo.

  • Book Reviews

    Finding home

    In their book, "Tunnel Kids," writer Lawrence J. Taylor and photographer Maeve Hickey take a compassionate look at a group of homeless Mexican teenagers who live amid a network of dirty, dangerous tunnels on the Mexico-U.S. border.

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