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  • Voyage of the Dammed

    Voyage of the Dammed

    A small band of enthusiasts wants to re-engineer Western waterways with the help of a humble, hardworking professional: the beaver.

  • The Rise of the Minotaur

    The Rise of the Minotaur

    Bull riding explodes from its rural Western roots to become a modern spectacle along the lines of NASCAR.

  • High Noon

    High Noon

    Environmentalists are arguing passionately over large-scale solar development on California's Mojave Desert.

  • Salmon Salvation

    Salmon Salvation

    Obama’s new political order, backed by the legal acumen of Judge James Redden, may help the Northwest’s salmon survive and end the era of the Lower Snake River dams.

  • Got warriors?

    Got warriors?

    On Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation, Stanford Addison – a quadriplegic Northern Arapaho horse gentler – helps Indian boys through their difficult teenage years.

  • The Growth Machine is Broken

    The Growth Machine is Broken

    Phoenix land-use planners want to use a chunk of state trust land as a laboratory for future, more sustainable real estate development.

  • Surprise!

    Surprise!

    Surprise, Ariz., exemplifies the Arizona real estate collapse along with what many see as the rise and fall of the car-dependent Western exurb.

  • Columbia Basin (Political) Science

    Columbia Basin (Political) Science

    Some fisheries scientists and environmentalists say the Bonneville Power Administration has had an unhealthy influence on salmon research in the Northwest.

  • Go Sell It On The Mountain

    Go Sell It On The Mountain

    For 30 years, local environmentalists have been fighting with Crested Butte’s owners over a proposed controversial expansion of the ski resort.

  • The desert that breaks Annie Proulx's heart

    The desert that breaks Annie Proulx's heart

    Writer Annie Proulx takes an unsentimental view of Wyoming’s little-known and somewhat scarred Red Desert.

  • Tarp Nation

    Tarp Nation

    Throughout the West, tent cities and shantytowns with names like Taco Flat have sprung up to house the poor and dispossessed.

  • INNOVATE, Part III

    INNOVATE, Part III

    Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking, such as: Redefining rancher politics, A rediscovered renewable, Creating public nooks and crannies and more.

  • INNOVATE, Part II

    INNOVATE, Part II

    Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking: Green detective, Healthcare for the hard up, Developing to stop development, Low carbon brews and more.

  • INNOVATE, Part I

    INNOVATE, Part I

    Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking, as this special issue of HCN shows.

  • How low will it go?

    How low will it go?

    If Eric Kuhn is right about the Colorado River, then the state faces a dry and difficult future of fighting for water.

  • The Half-life of Memory

    The Half-life of Memory

    A writer tries to dig up the buried history of Colorado’s Rocky Flats weapons plant, now home to a controversial wildlife refuge.

  • Non-navigable River Blues

    Non-navigable River Blues

    An obscure legal ruling muddied U.S. water-protection standards, leaving Western intermittent streams and rivers unprotected.

  • All Aboard

    All Aboard

    American railroads -- especially passenger trains -- seem to be at last on the brink of a revival.

  • Mountain of doubt

    Mountain of doubt

    The long-delayed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev., faces a new challenge: Barack Obama’s presidency.

  • Blood Quantum

    The system that determines membership in most American Indian tribes could threaten the survival of those tribes.

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