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  •  Utah's Sagebrush Rebellion capital mellows as animal-lovers and enviros move in

    Utah's Sagebrush Rebellion capital mellows as animal-lovers and enviros move in

    Kane County, Utah, heart of the Sagebrush Rebellion and an off-road vehicle paradise, is also home to a growing number of environmentalists, hikers and animal lovers.

  • My walkabout with Michael

    My walkabout with Michael

    Author Pat Toomay shadows iconic Western photographer Michael Berman on a trip through the Gila Wilderness.

  • California's Tangled Water Politics

    California's Tangled Water Politics

    Will there ever be enough water in California's Bay Delta to satisfy farmers, keep fish alive and quench the thirst of millions of people?

  • Oil and Water Don't Mix with California Agriculture

    Oil and Water Don't Mix with California Agriculture

    In Kern County, Calif., the oil industry shares land and water with fruit-growers and farmers -- not always comfortably.

  • Farming's Toxic Legacy

    Farming's Toxic Legacy

    Long-banned pesticides linger in the soils of neighborhoods built on former agricultural land in central Washington.

  • Debating Preservation in the Southwest's Spanish Missions

    Debating Preservation in the Southwest's Spanish Missions

    Archaeologists debate how best to preserve Arizona's crumbling missions – and sometimes ask if it’s time to let them die.

  • Hardrock Mining Showdown

    Hardrock Mining Showdown

    In southern Arizona, the Forest Service is debating whether to defy the 1872 Mining Law and stop a controversial copper mine.

  • Washington eco-saboteurs topple towers

    Washington eco-saboteurs topple towers

    The Earth Liberation Front claims responsibility for toppling radio towers north of Seattle, but no one really knows who the culprit is.

  • Dr. No

    Dr. No

    Tom Coburn and James Inhofe came to power with the help of Oklahoma's oil industry and religious conservatives.

  • Oklahoma vs. the West

    Oklahoma vs. the West

    Oklahoma Republican Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe have a way of riding roughshod over the West's environmental politics.

  • How I ran for a U.S. Senate seat, and what I learned

    How I ran for a U.S. Senate seat, and what I learned

    A first-hand account by a longtime Arizona investigative reporter, John Dougherty, about his surprising Senate campaign.

  • Wyoming: A popular governor gets mysterious

    Wyoming: A popular governor gets mysterious

    Wyoming's popular Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal is carefully staying out of the race between his wannabe successors, Leslie Petersen and Matt Mead.

  • Utah: A Sagebrush Rebel headed for D.C.

    Utah: A Sagebrush Rebel headed for D.C.

    Right-wingers ousted wilderness-dealmaker Sen. Bob Bennett in the Republican primary, and now anti-wilderness Mike Lee will probably take his place in the Senate.

  • Oregon: Tea Party limbo

    Oregon: Tea Party limbo

    John Kitzhaber, champion of land-use planning, is running for governor again -- and the Tea Party has failed to draw much attention.

  • New Mexico: Wolves, wilderness, drilling and Latinos

    Ultra-conservative anti-wolf Steve Pearce wants his old House seat back from Democratic oilman Harry Teague, and the next governor of New Mexico will be a woman.

  • Montana: Utility regs and clean energy up for grabs

    A Montana populist, Ken Toole, tries to keep his seat on the Public Service Commission, while other key races involve wealthy hunters and the state Supreme Court.

  • Lynch-mob politics

    Lynch-mob politics

    It's not the Old West -- it's our guide to this year's Western elections.

  • Washington: Tea Party limbo #2

    A Tea Party loss ironically helps Republican Dino Rossi's effort to unseat Sen. Patty Murray, while conflicting ballot measures seek to raise taxes on wealthy people or choke off all potential tax hikes.

  • Nevada: A hairy ride for Harry

    Nevada: A hairy ride for Harry

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tries gun-play in his battle with Sharron Angle, and former poli-sci prof Dina Titus tries to keep her Nevada House seat out of Joe Heck's reach.

  • Colorado: The West's true swing state

    Colorado: The West's true swing state

    Colorado voters are almost evenly split between Republicans, Democrats and the nonaffiliated, including the Tea Party -- and a Salazar looks vulnerable.

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