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    Fruita draws the line against sprawl

    A small rural town on Colorado's Western Slope, Fruita is fighting to save its agriculture and avoid the sprawling growth of nearby Grand Junction, using innovative planning and the transfer of development rights to keep a three-mile open-space buffer.

  • Heard Around the West

    Heard around the West

    Moab and "The Vagina Monologues"; "squaw" and its English equivalent in Idaho; Unimogs are new ultimate behemoths; motorized scooters new trend.

  • Book Reviews

    Fool's Gold: Telluride's 'magical realism'

    In "Fool's Gold: Lives, Loves, and Misadventures in the Four Corners Country," Rob Schultheis tells of life in Telluride, Colo., from its ramshackle hippie days in the 1970s to its growth into an expensive ski resort.

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    Benigna's Chimayo: Cuentos from the Old Plaza

    In "Benigna's Chimayo: Cuentos from the Old Plaza," Don Usner recounts the rich stories his grandmother used to tell him, when he spent childhood summers with her in Chimayo, N.M.

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    Monument status could wreck ruins

    Archaeologists fear that without more funds to manage tourism, the ruins in newly designated Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colo., will suffer from increased visitors.

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    An environmentalist in the heart of cowboy culture

    Former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall, Arizona native, rancher and environmentalist, lectures on cooperation and community in the West at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev., and gets a surprising ovation.

  • Heard Around the West

    Heard around the West

    Fancy toilets of "green built" resort; California vs. Washington; Lewis & Clark and Jet Skis; Winnebagos and floating condos; Michael Tomlinson vs. applicances; Berkeley, Calif., honors "companion animals."

  • Book Reviews

    Wild in the city

    "Wild in the City: A Guide to Portland's Natural Areas," edited by Michael Houck and M.J. Cody, gathers maps, site guides, and essays celebrating the city's wildlife and preserved landscapes.

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    How green is this growth?

    Local critics are working to stop a much-touted "model" development planned for the Ahmanson Ranch on the edge of Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains.

  • Heard Around the West

    Heard around the West

    Deer vs. trampoline; wild turkey vs. mailman; Wilderness Society vs. Gale Norton's parents; hints for contacting legislators; cheesy art comes to Powell, Wyo.; Utah Legislature vs. hate-crimes bill.

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    A quick resource guide for teachers of the wild

    A list gives some of the resources environmental educators can find on the Internet.

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    Science teachers go local

    Jeff Mitchell in Philomath, Ore., and Clinton Kennedy in McCall, Idaho, are two teachers who have found creative ways to teach environmental studies in the conservative West.

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    How green is this Tree?

    Some critics say that Project Learning Tree, one of the most popular environmental education programs, is too biased toward the timber industry which helps to underwrite it.

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    Luxury looms over Moab

    Some Moab, Utah, residents are fighting a luxury resort and development called Cloudrock that developers want to build on a state-owned mesa south of town.

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    Teach the children well

    In the West's public schools, corporations and conservationists quietly compete to control what students will learn in the largely unregulated field of environmental education.

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