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  • Essays

    Plowing under the fields of shame

    Rebecca Clarren talks to migrant farmworker women about a threat they face every day in the fields: sexual harassment and assault by coworkers and bosses.

  • News

    The leasing protest game

    Conservationists can file formal protests when the BLM wants to auction off public land to energy companies, but the differences between regional management plans and styles make the protest game little more than a crapshoot.

  • News

    Yellowstone grazing allotments

    Buyouts and tradeoffs

  • Two Weeks in the West

    Two weeks in the West

    A flurry of end-of-year easements saves lots of lovely landscapes; heli-skiing wins in Utah; snow-lovers help starving Colorado deer; a possible ceasefire on the Klamath; and bark beetles are destroying Colorado’s lodgepole pines.

  • Writers on the Range

    Whatever we do about illegal immigration, somebody suffers

    Philip Cafaro takes a thoughtful look at the impacts of illegal immigration on Colorado’s construction trade.

  • Writers on the Range

    A bad idea hits the gas pumps

    Dustin Heron Urban resolves never to put ethanol-spiked gasoline into his Prius again.

  • Two Weeks in the West

    Two weeks in the West

    EPA stymies California’s attempt to cut tailpipe emissions; the West is growing but not sure where its next meal or drink of water will come from; increasing amounts of ammonium – and guns – in the parks; avalanche fatalities are up.

  • Writers on the Range

    Ranching still has a place on our public lands

    Mary Flitner believes public-land ranchers and Forest Service employees can – and should – get along with each other.

  • News

    The Promised Land?

    In Boulder County, Colo., a megachurch that wants to expand is using a little-known but powerful federal law to bypass local land-use rules.

  • Editor's Note

    The Sagebrush Rebels ride again -- and again

    Despite the rhetoric of the Sagebrush Rebel lawyers, most of today’s Westerners understand that the public land is a national resource that belongs to all of us.

  • Feature

    Rebels with a Lost Cause

    The fiercely conservative lawyers of the Sagebrush Rebellion continue to fight against environmental regulations, but despite all their sound and fury, very little has changed on the public lands.

  • News

    Red Desert rarity

    Wyoming moves to protect Adobe Town – but will the feds follow suit?

  • News

    Growth unfettered

    Arizonans are grappling with the consequences of Proposition 207, an anti-takings measure passed last fall.

  • News

    Betting on the house

    In Las Vegas, the Bureau of Land Management offers up cheap land for affordable housing.

  • News

    Highlighting Western heritage

    A proposed national heritage area in southern Arizona would draw attention to unique landscapes and thousands of years of tradition

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