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  • In Washington, the most outrageous sins are legal

    Given the incestuous nature of politics and lobbying in Washington, D.C., and the corruption inherent in the gambling industry, the rise of an opportunist like Jack Abramoff was all but inevitable

  • The day they close the pass

    As mountain towns get more accessible and lively, even in midwinter, the author relishes the way his tiny, remote town slows to a stop once the mountain pass highway is closed for the season

  • Are we ready to learn the lessons of fire and flood?

    Sen. Larry Craig’s suggestion that New Orleans’ 9th Ward be restored as a wetland may represent a newfound respect for the power of nature and the limits of the human ability to control it

  • The end of something really big

    The chance to see a huge dead whale draws "carcass tourists" to the California coast

  • In Bush's Supreme Court, who's on first?

    Newly confirmed Chief Justice John Roberts may not be the umpire he claims to be, but he could be worse: a counter-revolutionary, like Judge Janice Rogers Brown

  • Inside the fall

    A writer celebrates finding happiness and finding herself, as she romps with her children in the beautiful season of autumn

  • Blood spills over a $14 camping fee

    In the wake of a confrontation over a camping fee that ended in a tourist’s death, a former park ranger remembers a frightening incident from his own career

  • Yellowstone's Grizzlies A success story

    The National Wildlife Federation believes that the federal government’s proposal to remove Yellowstone’s grizzlies from the endangered species list represents a tremendous achievement

  • Dam breaching gets a surprise endorsement

    A longtime consultant to the hydropower industry, biologist Don Chapman, shook the Northwest this summer when he declared that four dams on the Lower Snake River should be breached to save the salmon

  • Yellowstone’s Grizzlies Not out of the woods yet

    Many environmentalists say the Yellowstone grizzly is a long way from being recovered, and that delisting the bear is premature and could spell disaster for the species

  • The meeting of heaven and earth

    A park ranger talks about the increasing practice of mourners scattering the ashes of loved ones outdoors in national parks.

  • The return of the hodgepodge

    The new transportation bill makes the day-to-day working of transportation policy more political than it’s ever been – and also serves up some amazing helpings of pork

  • Cano's Vision

    In the little town of Antonito, Colo., a local eccentric known as Cano is using salvaged materials like beer cans, hubcaps and scrap lumber to create an extraordinary shrine called "El Castillo."

  • Winnebagos: Don't fear 'em, cheer 'em

    It’s time for New Westerners to get over their "Winnebagophobia."

  • Life rises from the ashes, in the form of a humble toad

    Ecologist Charlie Crisafulli has spent twenty-five years studying life on Mount St. Helens, especially the boreal toad, which is in decline almost everywhere else, but thriving at the volcano

  • A most unusual sanctuary, where the Yeti roams free

    The kingdom of Bhutan has created a wildlife sanctuary for its possibly mythological "strong men" – the migoi, or yeti

  • The Healing River

    A writer considers what he’s learned from living on a rugged Western river in the New Mexico mountains

  • Fury

    The death of her old horse, Fury, leads a northern Colorado writer to think about the changing aspects – and the unchanging quirkiness – of her old hometowns of Bellvue and LaPorte

  • Starry Eyes

    When it comes to perfect starry nights, the West is always the winner

  • Ego gates get my goat — and that's just the beginning

    Why do newcomers to the West need to build such obnoxious entrance gates to their brand-new ranchettes?

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