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  • On being wrong

    A writer looks back ruefully at what went wrong with a one-time utopian, back-to-the-land community in Oregon.

  • How the writer learned that he is not very spiritual

    A stroll through Sedona, Ariz., the West's New Age center, shows that enlightenment is there for the finding - if you have enough money.

  • The West may not be literary, but it's littered with reading matter

    A cross-country bicycle trip through the West reveals quirky and sometimes enigmatic road signs everywhere.

  • Boise pushes on its river, and the river shoves back

    Boise, Idaho, realizes that its beloved river needs room to flow, and that riverfront development may have to be controlled.

  • Uh, oh - the glaciers are growing

    The unusually high snowpack in Montana this winter may actually be a sign of global warming.

  • Moving in, as the snow moves on

    The springtime movement of birds and mammals in northwest Wyoming leads the author to speculate on the meaning of travel and coming home.

  • Coyote vigils

    A Catholic environmentalist considers coyotes and the Creator during a retreat at a Trappist Monastery in the mountains.

  • Choose not to go boldly outdoors

    The writer suggests that Westerners start a sabbatical for the land - letting it rest entirely sometimes from hiking and other recreation.

  • Lessons from a rampaging river

    The flood and fire that hit Grand Forks, N.D., when the Red River rose, raise a hard question: Why must communities face catastrophe before people come together as a "we"?

  • Yellowstone's "geyser guy' was one of the park's best friends

    An elegy for Yellowstone's "geyser guy," Rick Hutchinson, profiles a geologist who loved the park so deeply that his friends still feel his spirit there.

  • Yellowstone's "geyser guy' was one of the park's best friends

    An elegy for Yellowstone's "geyser guy," Rick Hutchinson, profiles a geologist who loved the park so deeply that his friends still feel his spirit there.

  • Venison is not an option

    A Boulder, Colo., resident humorously describes his attempts to co-exist with the deer that invade his garden.

  • What happens when two tree-huggers meet a tentful of hunters

    A close encounter between a tribal biologist, a self-described "tree-hugger" and a tentful of hard-drinking hunters leads to surprising communication as each side overcomes its stereotypes.

  • When it's 25 below and dropping

    Life at 25 below in towns like Livingston, Mont., is made bearable by things like poker, polar fleece and Portabello mushrooms.

  • Denying the warts on the West's service economy

    Reviewing Thomas Michael Power's "Lost Landscapes and Failed Economies," HCN's publisher disputes the author's conclusion that the West's new service economy will create the best of all possible worlds.

  • The shotgun wedding of tourism and public lands

    The first Western Summit on Tourism and Public Lands shows the Clinton administration seeking a political and economic alliance with the West's growing tourist industry.

  • Trying to think the good thoughts about ATVs

    An elk hunter dislikes ORVs despite their convenience because they make the country too small.

  • If politics is a baseball game, I don't even own a bat

    Post election musings by a Western Democrat consider why Republicans won so easily and what new strategies environmentalists need to learn.

  • The Last Ranch: The truth is stranger than the book

    After a year studying holistic resource management and a ranching family in Colorado's San Luis Valley, and another three years writing a book, the author goes back - to find that everything has changed.

  • Shake-up: Greens inside the Beltway

    The environmental movement goes through changes, but love of place endures even in Washington, D.C.

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