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  • Welcome to hard times

    Welcome to hard times

    Ed Quillen finds a silver lining behind the current economic clouds.

  • The Doc is in

    The Doc is in

    Rural folks find common ground at a vet's office in Western Colorado.

  • Let it mellow

    Let it mellow

    Melissa Hart remembers her eccentric, independent great-grandmother, who taught her about reuse and recycling long before it was fashionable.

  • Mayberry and Peyton Place

    Mayberry and Peyton Place

    Public policy has ravaged America's small towns, despite lip service by some politicians.

  • Midnight in Montana

    Dorothee Kocks tingles with joy after a night spent listening to a live jazz sextet in a northwestern Montana mining town.

  • Religion, politics and culture

    Religion, politics and culture

    When religion tries to dominate culture and politics, it hurts all three, as seen in the battle over the rights of gay Americans.

  • Bear necessities

    Bear necessities

    Seth Cohen describes a close encounter with a grizzly – and an even closer encounter with grizzly-strength pepper spray.

  • A Western primer

    A Western primer

    Western writers offer a generous and inspired list of recommended reading for the president-elect, including a diverse collection of fiction and nonfiction.

  • The old man and the stream

    A brief encounter with an elderly fisherman moves W.S. Robinson to think about the mysteries of life and death -- and fathers and sons.

  • Under the asphalt a rumor thrives

    In Grand Junction Colo. a team of investigators excavate a downtown parking lot in search of an old safe supposedly buried a century ago.

  • Measuring Tahoe’s blues

    Jon Christensen accompanies scientists trying to measure the opacity and “blueness” of Lake Tahoe.

  • Power of the picture

    Power of the picture

    High Country News photographer Morgan Heim joins the International League of Conservation Photographers to document the gasfields and the wildlands around Pinedale, Wyo.

  • Home is where the guilt is

    In Santa Fe, N.M., April Reese wrestles with the question of whether owning a new house is worth being responsible for the bulldozing of pinon and juniper trees.

  • Credo: The People’s West

    Photographer Stephen Trimble offers suggestions for how citizens and communities can reinvent their relationship with the Western landscape.

  • In Montana, a festival of light

    In the depths of a dark Montana winter, Rebecca Stanfel lights the Hanukah candles and rejoices in being Jewish.

  • Wake up to the West, wannabe presidents

    Pat Williams says the candidates running for the nation’s highest office need to start paying attention to the people – and the problems – of the Rocky Mountain West.

  • The aroma of Tacoma

    Karen Mockler likes the West’s grittier towns – the ones that aren’t remotely cool, the ones with a certain funk

  • There was no green in this Rainbow gathering

    A rancher whose grazing permit in Colorado’s Routt National Forest was usurped by this year’s Rainbow Family gathering decries the environmental damage left in its wake

  • Empty pods and pleasant graveyards

    In today’s surrealistic world, where language exists only to sell things, barren desert suburbs have names like "Lake Forest" and "WillowDale," while a graveyard is called "Pleasant Valley Cemetery."

  • Between the body and the world

    The creepy glamour of the scientific exhibit Body Worlds 2 – which showcases actual preserved sections of human bodies – never answers the question of how – and where– these people lived

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