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  • The Ute Paradox

    The Ute Paradox

    The Southern Utes overcame poverty and oppression to become a wealthy and powerful tribe with nationwide energy holdings.

  • Immersed in the Wild

    Immersed in the Wild

    Edwin Dobb's cold swims in San Francisco Bay, Puget Sound and other Western waters bring him into contact with whales and other aquatic wildlife, as well as hidden currents and storms.

  • Bloody Mystery Lingers in the Desert

    Bloody Mystery Lingers in the Desert

    The unsolved murder of rancher Robert Krentz adds to the already-high tension along the Arizona-Mexico border.

  • One Tough Sucker

    One Tough Sucker

    Human beings are the greatest threat -- and the only hope -- for the Colorado River's razorback sucker.

  • Accidental Wilderness

    Accidental Wilderness

    Washington's Hanford Site and New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range both hold deadly nuclear contamination – along with unspoiled landscapes rich in wildlife.

  • One Way to Save the Wolf? Hunt It.

    One Way to Save the Wolf? Hunt It.

    Montana wildlife managers say the state's first wolf hunt has been a success -- for both the hunters and their prey.

  • The Secret Lives of River  Guides

    The Secret Lives of River Guides

    Every spring, Grand Canyon boatmen meet for an educational seminar -- and a rousing good time.

  • Nevada's Golden Child

    Nevada's Golden Child

    Hardrock mining's outsized political power in Nevada may finally be eroding, thanks to state budget woes.

  • The Butterfly Sting

    The Butterfly Sting

    How a federal wildlife agent brought down one of the world's most notorious insect thieves.

  • March Madness in Indian Country

    March Madness in Indian Country

    Basketball provides a bright spot in reservation life.

  • Gary Nabhan remembers Stewart Udall

    Gary Nabhan remembers Stewart Udall

    Gary Nabhan remembers influential conservationist and former Interior secretary, Stewart Udall.

  • Mobile Nation

    Mobile Nation

    Every winter in Quartzsite, Ariz., tens of thousands of RVers form an impromptu community in the desert.

  • Charles Bowden on The War Next Door

    Charles Bowden on The War Next Door

    On the U.S.-Mexico border, the corrupt and futile War on Drugs takes a violent toll on the poorest people.

  • Prodigal Dogs

    Prodigal Dogs

    Evidence suggests that wolves may have returned to Colorado, and they are here to stay.

  • The Shot Heard Round the West

    The Shot Heard Round the West

    Twenty years after the SouthWest Organizing Project accused conservation groups of ignoring environmental justice, diversity in the movement remains elusive.

  • 'The environment ... is where we live'

    'The environment ... is where we live'

    A group of determined activists in Mountain View, N.M., fights for environmental justice in a poor and polluted neighborhood.

  • Audio: Water wonk

    Audio: Water wonk

    Contributing editor Matt Jenkins talks about California's Westlands Water District and the complicated water politics of the West.

  • Breakdown

    Breakdown

    California's Westlands irrigation district wants to blame the tiny and endangered Delta smelt for its water troubles, but the real culprit is simply long-term drought.

  • Wind Resistance

    Wind Resistance

    Wyoming is one of the best places in the world to generate power from wind. But the wind rush is running into opposition from greens, and the fossil fuel industry.

  • Dueling Claims

    Dueling Claims

    A tribal attempt to protect New Mexico's Mount Taylor sparks a bitter struggle over uranium mining, religious differences and claims to an ancient landscape.

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