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  • Book Reviews

    Backtracking

    "Backtracking: By Foot, Canoe and Subaru on the Lewis and Clark Trail" by Benjamin Long describes how the author and his wife quit their jobs to hit the road, retracing the journey of Lewis and Clark.

  • Book Reviews

    A botanical El Dorado

    "Mountains & Rivers: A Quarterly Journal of Natural History for the Klamath-Siskiyou Region" celebrates its region and the creatures that inhabit it through essays, poetry, reports and artwork.

  • Book Reviews

    Tickling the green funny bone

    The online environmental magazine "Grist" tries to keep a sense of humor in its work as a self-described "beacon in the smog."

  • Feature

    Road Block

    When residents of the village of Tome, N.M., challenged plans for a nearby four-lane highway and bridge to facilitate the commute from Albuquerque to the suburbs, they took on New Mexico's huge "sprawl machine" - and won.

  • News

    Hear that whistle blowin'

    Citizens of Creede, Colo., a small historic mining town, are split over businessman Don Shank's plans to run a tourist train from South park to Creede on Union Pacific's abandoned tracks.

  • News

    In Arizona's growth fight, advertising defined reality

    Arizona's anti-growth Proposition 202 failed largely because its well-heeled opponents blanketed the airways with often inaccurate advertising.

  • Essays

    Old West guns down growth initiatives

    The writer offers a post-mortem on the defeat of anti-sprawl initiatives in Arizona and Colorado.

  • Essays

    Outlaws on an upscale road

    The writer remembers living in a tipi outside Jackson Hole, Wyo., 20 years ago, before the area turned into an enclave for the rich, and eccentric but affordable housing was outlawed.

  • Heard Around the West

    Heard around the West

    Moose lover's car hits moose; mating moose outside AK classroom; Parade pokes fun at Berkeley; wolves adapt to Yellowstone; pro-Gore speaker shoved in Eugene, OR; Babes in the Woods calendar pictures; Redmond, WA, teen saves tree for dying neighbor.

  • News

    Sprawl will be televised

    A documentary on sprawl, Subdivide and Conquer, has had trouble being aired on public TV stations before the election in Denver and Phoenix, where controversial anti-sprawl initiatives are on the ballot.

  • Feature

    'Re-inhabitation' revisited

    The environmental and community challenges brought to Washington's Olympic Peninsula by runaway sprawl and development have some 're-inhabiting locals' almost nostalgic for the clear-cut timber companies of 30 years ago.

  • Heard Around the West

    Heard around the West

    Silly candidate quotes; difference between Republicans and Democrats; Sunshine Dairy hit by Animal Liberation Front; Short takes; grizzly bear decoy; gray wolf's life saved by radio collar; Wyo. ranchers can shoot wolves with bean bags.

  • Related Stories

    Colorado's growth amendment rouses voters

    In Colorado, the Responsible Growth Initiative, Amendment 24, is facing fierce opposition from the real estate industry and from many town and county officials who fear the elections it would require would be too expensive.

  • Related Stories

    Arizona's 202 takes aim at sprawl

    In Arizona, developers are battling Proposition 202, The Citizens Growth Management Initiative, which would rein in large-scale, "leapfrog" developments.

  • Book Reviews

    Where cultures collide

    The Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, Ore., houses one of the best cultural and historical centers in the West.

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