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    Poor, rural places are magnets for prisons

    Most new prisons are being built in economically troubled rural areas.

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    Colorado's prison slayer: One man's quest to unshackle a rural economy

    Small businessman Tom Huerkamp fights the building of prisons in the rural West and looks for other ways to generate an economy.

  • Book Reviews

    Deconstructing the rural West

    An article by Patrick Jobes in "Western Planner" offers a profoundly pessimistic view of the West's growing amenity towns.

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    A Montana county unearths a major welfare queen:itself

    Republican County Commissioner Adam Dahlman discovers that for every dollar Teton County taxpayers pay, $2.50 comes back from the federal government.

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    How an ex-clown brought order to a boom town

    Former Summit County Commissioner Gene Moser worked to create a state-of-the-art development code for a rapidly growing area.

  • Uncommon Westerners

    A 77-year-old cow watcher from Arizona

    HCN reader Pauline Sandholdt of Salome, Arizona, is featured in a profile.

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    Forest forestalls squatters

    Jackson, Wyo.'s housing shortage will be worse than usual as Forest Service officials limit camping to five days on forest land in Jackson district.

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    Booming county looks for trust

    Idaho communities learn about land trusts as a possible solution to rapid growth.

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    Californians talk too much trash

    California retirees Ken and Pat Nute alienate neighbors by describing local houses as eyesores and the town as a dump, on a local TV show.

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    Critics attack a snow job in Utah

    Salt Lake City's expensive bid to host the 2002 Winter Olympics is meeting surprisingly lukewarm opposition from environmentalists.

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    Overstaying their welcome?

    A once-quiet hot springs is overwhelmed by visitors after guidebooks tout it.

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    The Memo War: 1989-1993

    Kamyar Enshayan's views about sustainable agriculture started a four-year "war of memos" on the subject.

  • Feature

    Starting a war at Ohio State

    Kamyar Enshayan fights the industrialization of agriculture often promoted by land-grant colleges.

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    The gospel according to Wes Jackson

    Geneticist Wes Jackson calls modern agriculture a mistake and offers a blueprint for reform.

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    Trying to save two of the parts

    Lyle McNeal of Utah State devotes himself to bringing back the Navajo's Churro sheep.

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