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    The Psychologist

    Psychologist Melinda Garcia, in her own words, on working with people in Catron County's "war zone."

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    The Forest Ranger

    Forest Service District Ranger Mike Gardner, in his own words, on dealing with the tensions in Catron County.

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    The Businessperson

    An anonymous Catron County businessperson, in his words, on the tensions between factions in the county.

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    The County Attorney

    Catron County Attorney Jim Catron, in his own words, on the "rural Western resistance to the federal empire."

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    Catron County's politics heat up as its land goes bankrupt

    Catron County, N.M., the home of the county independence movement, is a study of contrasts - its people heavily dependent on the federal government and its land and rivers dying.

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    The rise and fall of Steve Cartisano

    Utah native Steve Cartisano, the controversial "godfather" of wilderness therapy, has left a trail of lawsuits behind him, including one for negligent homicide in the death of a Florida teenage girl.

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    Tough love proves too tough

    Controversial "wilderness therapy programs" such as Utah's North Star, intended for troubled kids, come under critical scrutiny - and lawsuits - after several teenagers die while in their care.

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    The big dogs: Outward Bound and NOLS hit their thirties

    The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Outward Bound are the biggest outdoor education schools in the West.

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    Acting for the environment

    A Northwest conservation and outdoor recreation group, The Mountaineers, educates children by sending actors such as Loren Foss into schools, who teach by assuming character roles such as "Old John."

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    An unsung army of students maintains our national parks

    The Student Conservation Association has been sending thousands of young volunteers to help maintain national parks since 1957.

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    The best guide knows how to let go

    River guide, author and activist Roderick Nash describes a method of outdoor education he calls "unguiding" - letting the river teach its own lessons.

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    New life springs from tainted soil at a Denver school

    A program called Volunteer-led Investigations of Neighborhood Ecology (VINE) introduces urban children to nature, as demonstrated by Denver's Garden Place Academy.

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    Getting outside all around the West

    A state-by-state directory describes some of the many outdoor education programs in the West.

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    Spreading the gospel: Outdoor education teaches people to know and care about the West

    The number and variety of outdoor education programs has increased dramatically in the last 25 years.

  • News

    Lawmakers say Colorado prisons are king

    The Colorado Legislature passes a bill allowing the state Corrections Department to ignore local zoning when it wants to build or expand prisons.

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