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    A rural county says no to pork

    Rural Colorado's Gunnison County turns down $38 million to upgrade hihghways, saying the people would rather preserve their quality of life.

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    Patience runs out in San Luis

    After four years, the Sangre de Cristo Land Grant Commission decides to end talks with landowner Zachary Taylor over purchasing the controversial Taylor Ranch in Colorado's San Luis Valley.

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    Rail merger brings delays, derailments

    Last year's merger between the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads has brought chaos, poor service and accidents in its wake.

  • Book Reviews

    Leaning Into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West

    The anthology "Leaning Into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West" is a mosaic of seldom-heard voices from the High Plains.

  • Book Reviews

    The more remote, the better

    Locals form a group, Stehekin Alert, to protect remote Stehekin Valley, Wash., from development.

  • Book Reviews

    Keeping rural American rural

    A revised edition of "Saving America's Countryside: A Guide to Rural Conservation" shows how local action can stave off urbanization.

  • News

    A town with a desert heart

    The town of Tortolita, Ariz., in the middle of lush, privately owned Sonoran desert, incorporates to protect its landscape from developers.

  • News

    'Greens' bulldoze a conservation effort

    Three self-described environmentalists anger residents of Springdale, Utah, when they decide to develop the nearby Rockville Bench area rather than preserve it.

  • Book Reviews

    American Birding Association

    The American Birding Association is sponsoring the Young Birder of the Year Competition.

  • News

    The Taylor Ranch downsizes

    Zachary Taylor sells a third of the controversial Taylor Ranch - locally known as La Sierra - to an undisclosed buyer.

  • Book Reviews

    Don't blame women

    Book review of "Misplaced Blame: The Real Roots of Population Growth" by Alan Thein Durning and Christopher D. Crowther.

  • Related Stories

    Jell-O and suicides

    A look at odd statistics in the West includes a few surprises.

  • Essays

    If a town is more dead than alive, it's the Old West

    Musing on the gravestones in Anaconda, Mont., a writer theorizes that one can tell whether a town is Old West or New West by the ratio of the buried to the currently alive inhabitants.

  • Essays

    On being wrong

    A writer looks back ruefully at what went wrong with a one-time utopian, back-to-the-land community in Oregon.

  • Essays

    How the writer learned that he is not very spiritual

    A stroll through Sedona, Ariz., the West's New Age center, shows that enlightenment is there for the finding - if you have enough money.

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