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  • Writers on the Range Why a sheep rancher never needs to go to Las Vegas

    Why a sheep rancher never needs to go to Las Vegas

    Raising sheep in rural Wyoming requires gambling on a scale you could never duplicate in even the gaudiest casino.

  • Book Reviews An underground uprising

    An underground uprising

    In his new book, Killing for Coal, Thomas G. Andrews looks at the Colorado labor wars that erupted into violence at the 1914 Ludlow Massacre.

  • Writers on the Range The saga of Mineral King

    The saga of Mineral King

    California’s beautiful Mineral King Valley was deeply wounded by hardrock mining, but now it is on its way to wilderness protection.

  • News

    Field Day

    In some Western states, including Colorado, prison inmates are taking the place of immigrant farmworkers.

  • Heard Around the West

    A chicken named Thelma, R.I.P.

    She laid a gigantic egg and then died.

  • Writers on the Range

    Believe it or not: Ranching has something to teach us

    Once denounced by many environmentalists, ranching is finally getting some respect, and Courtney White feels that it’s about time.

  • News Taxed off the farm

    Taxed off the farm

    New enforcement of rural property tax laws could price out longtime residents in northern New Mexico counties.

  • News

    Beloved companion or Parisian dinner?

    Slaughter ban backfires for U.S. horses

  • Book Reviews

    Loves, losses and utter disasters

    In her new novel, The Berkeley Pit, Dorothy Bryant intertwines the stories of two very different Berkeleys: The California college town during the ‘60s, and the famously toxic open-pit mine in Butte, Mont.

  • News

    Guest workers: Laborers or commodity?

    Commentary: states trying to maneuver around feds' failure to act

  • News

    Fields of overkill

    In response to recent E. coli outbreaks, corporate buyers are pushing California farmers to rid their fields of all wildlife and wild vegetation – despite the fact that this could make the food supply even less safe.

  • News

    More precious than gold?

    After 18 years, agreements pave the way for a mine on Buckhorn Mountain

  • Writers on the Range

    How to adopt a garden

    This year, Ari LeVaux is breaking with his own tradition and planting his vegetable garden from starts rather than seeds.

  • Related Stories

    Death of a mine

    Utah’s Lisbon Valley Mine was supposed to be a hugely profitable copper producer; instead, it went belly-up in just two years.

  • Related Stories

    The short life of Lisbon Valley

    A brief timeline traces the brief history of Utah’s Lisbon Valley Mine.

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