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  • Dust and Snow

    In Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Tom Painter and other scientists study the dust in the snow and ponder its implications for future drought and weather conditions, especially in the era of global warming

  • A very brief conversation with a Jet Fighter

    A long solitary hike through an empty, pristine desert is interrupted by a close encounter with an F-16 fighter plane

  • In Washington, a broad-based effort aims to kick the oil habit

    The Set America Free Coalition is a new organization that brings together liberals and conservatives to try to reduce America’s dependency on imported fossil fuels

  • Eco-terrorism and the Trial of the Century

    The upcoming trial of 11 alleged "eco-terrorists" may not be the Trial of the Century, but it reminds the writer, a longtime activist, of the Boston Tea Party

  • High Country Zoo Special Edition - Apr. 1

    A special April 1st issue of High Country Zoo contains stories about the Bureau of Land Ravagement and National Park Circus, as well as reviews of best-sellers like Memoirs of a Grazer.

  • Resurrecting J. Thomas

    The crumbling remains of a man named J. Thomas have a story to tell about life and death in the northern Colorado in the 1870s

  • Of feral dogs, and feral Westerners

    Westerners like to romanticize our wide-open spaces and wild wolves, but in rural areas, our real mascot is the ubiquitous feral dog

  • Easterners tilt at windmills while Westerners joust with a real foe

    Cape Cod’s opposition to a proposed offshore wind farm sounds crazy to Westerners, who would gladly exchange nuclear waste dumps, coal mines and gas wells for some renewable energy

  • This boom will end like all the others - in a deep, deep bust

    The history of small towns in the West has always been a cycle of booms and busts.

  • Imagine

    A teacher asks his students and the rest of us to imagine: What would the world be like if we had the courage to use our imaginations?

  • The romance of deceleration

    The noisy contrast between snowmobiles and cross-country skis awakens the author to the similar contrast between the life she has always wanted and the one she currently has with her partner, Billy.

  • Norton Departs

    Interior Secretary Gale Norton’s decision to resign prompts a look at Interior’s conservative counterrevolution during her tenure, along with its unintended consequences

  • What’s it like to live in the West?

    Brian Doyle answers the question “What’s it like to live in the West?” with exuberant poetry.

  • Old West meets Old World in Big Horn

    In Big Horn, Wyo., in the shadow of the Big Horn Mountains, Westerners have been playing polo for more than a century

  • The owl and I

    Melissa Hart’s relationship with an owl transforms her life

  • Lost in the Land of the Ugly Stepsister

    Great Falls, Mont., suffers from the Ugly Stepsister Syndrome, a cognitive disorder that makes it willing to trade a Lewis and Clark historic landmark for a dirty coal-fired power plant

  • The resurgence of hook-and-bullet conservation

    Hunters have done a huge amount over the years to preserve wildlife and habitat, but the powerful group Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, with its obsessive focus on killing predators, seems to be taking a step backward

  • Piscatorial theology

    For Irle White’s father, fly-fishing was the one true religion

  • Epiphanies on the range

    As teacher Phil Brick travels the West with 21 of his students, he encourages them to ask difficult questions about environmental issues

  • Wilderness Lost

    Rebecca Stanfel always planned to take her young son Andrew on wilderness expeditions, but the onslaught of illness has taught her that nature can also be found much closer to home.

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