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    Lack of enchantment: Santa Fe's boom goes flat

    Santa Fe's hotel and tourism industry blames populist Mayor Debbie Jaramillo for the slowing of the city's upscale boom.

  • Book Reviews

    The Northwest's new economy

    Economist Tom Powers' report, "Economic Well-being and Environmental Protection in the Pacific Northwest," says the region is thriving despite dire predictions.

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    Do-it-yourself preservation

    Volunteers help protect the West's threatened archaeological sites from vandals and looters.

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    Revving up rural schools

    The Annenberg Rural Challenge seeks to reform rural schools.

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    Southwestern writers hit the airwaves

    A radio documentary "Writing the Southwest" features 13 Southwestern authors.

  • Book Reviews

    Green fellows

    Environmental journalists are invited to apply for a fellowship year at Harvard.

  • News

    Traffic flow 1, trees 0

    Residents of New Mexico's North Valley object to the felling of old cottonwoods to make way for a bridge over the Rio Grande designed to ease Albuquerque commuter traffic.

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    Trust in the Land

    In the effort to preserve Western open space, land trusts take the lead.

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    Rancher's new cash crop will be scenery

    Ranchers fear the loss of their culture if they become tenants on land owned by wealthy people in places like Steamboat Springs.

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    John Fetcher

    Rancher John Fetcher recalls his years of ranching in the Elk River Valley and his mixed feelings about the Steamboat Springs Ski Area, which he helped start in the 1950s.

  • Feature

    Saving the ranch: Can private conservation stave offski-town sprawl?

    John Fetcher's ranching family leads the way in an effort to preserve open land through conservation easements in the rapidly growing Steamboat Springs area.

  • Book Reviews

    Yearning for balance

    A survey by the Merck Family Fund shows that Americans want to simplify their lives but don't know how.

  • Book Reviews

    Rural reality check

    "Measuring Change in Rural Communities" by economist Ray Rasker is a workbook to help changing communities understand themselves.

  • Feature

    A new breed of academic at Colorado State

    Colorado State University professor Rick Knight pushes hard for change and enjoys the backing of a supportive administration.

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    Silencing science at UW: one researcher's story

    Aquatic biologist Steve Ralph recalls how he directed a new stream-research program for the University of Washington - until timber industry scientists objected and the project was cancelled.

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