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  • Heard Around the West

    Empty nests

    A glut of vacant subdivision lots and houses

  • Current Green 'New Urbanist' development rises in Albuquerque suburbs

    Green 'New Urbanist' development rises in Albuquerque suburbs

    An ambitious green development is in the works on Mesa del Sol just outside of Albuquerque, N.M.

  • Letters

    Evolution not revolution

  • Current State and municipal governments fertilize local food craze

    State and municipal governments fertilize local food craze

    Local governments are trying to give a boost to small farmers and organic growers.

  • Book Reviews Rethinking national parks and wilderness

    Rethinking national parks and wilderness

    William Tweed takes a loving but critical look at the National Park Service in Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks.

  • Heard Around the West

    Cock-a-doodle-brouhaha

    Colorado town scuffles over roosters

  • Current State trust lands serve public

    State trust lands serve public

    Some Western states still fund their schools partly through their state trust lands.

  • Feature Farming's Toxic Legacy

    Farming's Toxic Legacy

    Long-banned pesticides linger in the soils of neighborhoods built on former agricultural land in central Washington.

  • Sidebar How to Play Safely in the Soil

    How to Play Safely in the Soil

    High Country News offers tips on how to garden safely if your home is built on at-risk former farmland.

  • Sidebar Backyard poisons?

    Backyard poisons?

    Soil samples from the yards of two Yakima families showed intriguing but not always comforting results.

  • Editor's Note What lies beneath

    What lies beneath

    When pesticide chemicals were found underneath the houses of Barber Orchard, N.C., it aroused fears nationwide about the risks of building on former agricultural land.

  • Heard Around the West

    The color-shifting skink

    And other tails, er, tales

  • Heard Around the West

    That bites!

    Snakes overrun foreclosed homes, junk piles overrun inhabited homes

  • Heard Around the West

    Love thy neighbor

    Even the one with 15 horns

  • Heard Around the West

    Tough job, but someone's gotta do it

    Baptizing the dead, selling juice for free, serving wine to cows -- all in a day's work

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