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    The gestures in rock art

    Archaeologist Carol Patterson builds on the work of Levan Martineau to unlock the meanings of rock art.

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    Know your owl

    An illustration showing the differences between the Northern Spotted Owl and Barred Owl. Also, listen to the call from each species.

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    An activist

    Nellie Sandoval, the mother of scientist Stefanie Raymond-Whish, has become an outspoken activist as a result of her own struggle with breast cancer.

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    A well

    Glenda Rangel and her family grew up drinking from and swimming in water tanks dangerously polluted with uranium.

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    A patient

    Kathleen Tsosie, who has devoted her life to helping others, now faces the frightening possibility that her breast cancer has returned.

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    Ascending Giants

    Sean O’Connor and the other members of the Ascending the Giants expedition team climb, measure and photograph the West’s tallest trees.

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    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.

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    The short life of Lisbon Valley

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    A Rico renaissance

    The tiny mountain town of Rico, Colo., finds its post-mining economy threatened by a possible mining resurgence.

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    Mining the West

    A potpourri of maps and graphics illustrates the complex nature of hardrock mining in the West today.

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    The troubled times of the Mexican wolf

    A timeline reveals the complicated, ill-fated story of the Mexican wolf in New Mexico.

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    Making an effluent market

    How will Westerners pay for – and market – their recycled drinking water?

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    Take back these drugs – please

    Some communities are trying to keep discarded pharmaceuticals out of the water supply by organizing “take-back programs” for leftover drugs

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    The Weed-wackers

    Botanist Sue Rutman has had surprising success just yanking up buffelgrass, but herbicides remain the first line of defense

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