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  • A hunter for gun control

    A lifelong hunter wonders why all hunters are stereotyped as pro-NRA, anti-control, when so many of the hunters she knows feel differently.

  • Outlaws on an upscale road

    The writer remembers living in a tipi outside Jackson Hole, Wyo., 20 years ago, before the area turned into an enclave for the rich, and eccentric but affordable housing was outlawed.

  • Third-party votes count for plenty

    The writer defends the history of third parties and the reasons to vote for them.

  • Illegal immigrants take jobs from Americans

    A native-born New Mexico Hispanic points out that opposition to immigration is not necessarily racist, and says that immigration problems must be dealt with.

  • Working among the West's newcomers

    New Western immigrants - illegal or not - often work hard in odd places, following the American dream.

  • When nature calls, don't follow your instincts

    For environmental as well as aesthetic reasons, parks like Grand Teton in Wyoming are doing away with wilderness outhouses, and requesting hikers to use "poop bags" to pack out human waste.

  • Chasing hope amid the hedonists

    At the Burning Man Festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, an eccentric city is created and then destroyed, and lives are sometimes changed along the way.

  • In the lion's eye

    Personal tale of a biologist in southeastern Idaho who had a mountain lion as her guardian during a bout with the flu.

  • In the throat of a black hole

    An essay from the author's book, "The Desert Cries," in which he tours Antelope Canyon, where a flood once took the lives of hikers.

  • Riding the Line

    During Cinco de Mayo on the border between Douglas, Ariz., and Altar, Sonora, Mexico, a traditional horse race brings people of both countries together for fun and excitement.

  • In the West, drought is a native

    The West is naturally dry, according to the writer, and people should accept that fact, especially when there is a drought.

  • Where free trade is more than an acronym

    Pulling onions alongside a Mexican field worker, the writer describes the hard work and meager pay for a product that will sell for 50 times what workers are paid.

  • Muscle car of the prairie

    The writer reminisces about the time he was a teen-age boy and encountered "nature" with Leviathan, his 1966 Pontiac LeMans, on the plains east of Aurora, Colo., which he discovered was a place of rugged beauty.

  • The oldest living thing is a quiet survivor

    Shielded in anonymity, the "King Clone," a creosote bush identified as the "oldest living thing on Earth," can be found on a dirt road south of Barstow, Calif., where it continues to keep a low profile about the many benefits of its properties.

  • The 'Niche West' reconnects us to the land

    Honest work producing honest goods - not industrial tourism - is the way for Westerners to start a healthy, honest, economic and spiritual relationship with our landscape.

  • In the grip of Ungulate Fever

    Life in western Colorado leads to many close encounters with deer and elk, both living and dead.

  • Greens join 'Let's derail a judge' game

    Environmentalists adopt the conservative strategy of working to derail the nomination of federal judges whom they fear could harm their cause.

  • A sense of wonder needs no name

    Wild creatures are wonderful to encounter, even when they aren't the rare and spectacular species we long to see.

  • Cybermapping the West - a new view

    A ramble through cyberspace paints an interesting "cybermap" of the West on the Web.

  • The canyon between us

    A visit to the strange landscape of Utah’s Goosenecks of the San Juan reveals the chasm growing between two people.

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