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  • How the far right spreads its "wacky' ideas

    A human rights activist considers the ways in which the "New Righters of the Purple Sage" arrive at and promote their ideas.

  • A court deems a lake worthy of water

    A law professor describes the legal process by which California's Mono Lake was preserved from the thirsty city of Los Angeles.

  • How an eco-logger views his work

    Montana's Bob Love - an "eco-logger" - runs a one-man selective logging business which demonstrates his love for trees.

  • Saying goodbye to the bear

    There are not enough grizzlies left, because there is not enough land given them to roam in these days.

  • Luftwaffe, go home

    The prospect of expanded low-level military training flights by the German Air Force in the American Southwest will "highly annoy" the local humans, and do more than just annoy the wildlife.

  • Grizzlies and the male animal

    The anti-grizzly hysteria shown by local men at a Salmon, Idaho, meeting on bear reintroduction is filled with ironies for a woman who has always had to be wary of large "predators."

  • The Mountain West: A Republican Fabrication

    The Republican Party controls the West because historically it has created and exploited the mythology of the Interior West to the party's advantage.

  • Greens, as usual, are easy to bait

    Recreational user fees would do harm by introducing the profit motive to natural resource management.

  • It's time for the public to pay up

    User fees for Western recreationists on public lands are overdue and will create an incentive to protect these lands from exploitation.

  • Keep America green: Hire an illegal alien

    A Forest Service employee remembers the hard work of illegal aliens in planting trees in the Klamath National Forest.

  • Will Wyoming warm to wolves?

    A Montana conservationist travels to Wyoming to talk about wolves to often-hostile Wyomingites.

  • The buffalo underground: Now it can be told

    A bison which found refuge in Vickie Dyar's barn in West Yellowstone, Mont., was protected and fed by her last winter, to save it from the notorious slaughter of escaped Yellowstone bison considered at risk for brucellosis.

  • An Idaho daily breaches the Northwest's silence over tearing down dams

    The Idaho Statesman goes out on a limb with editorials suggesting that four dams on the Snake River - Lower Granite, Little Goose, Lower Monumental and Ice Harbor - be torn down to help the recovery of endangered salmon.

  • At war with a bunch of mice: Confessions of an ex-pacifist

    After a neighbor dies of hantavirus, a California pacifist grapples with whether - and how - to destroy the deer mice that carry the disease.

  • 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.

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