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  • The Renewable Energy Landscape

    The Renewable Energy Landscape

    Maps, charts and text locate the nation's major renewable energy resources and some big projects on Western public land.

  • Renewables: The Final Frontier

    Renewables: The Final Frontier

    Vaclav Smil is a historian who exemplifies Vulcan-style logic and skepticism when it comes to easy solutions to energy problems.

  • From Pickups to PV

    From Pickups to PV

    Utility brings solar power to far-flung Navajos

  • Thinking Past the Moment

    Thinking Past the Moment

    The Sierra Club's Carl Zichella discusses the balancing act involved in finding the best -- and least environmentally sensitive -- places to put big renewable energy projects

  • And you think times are tough

    And you think times are tough

    The articles in old American Heritage magazines remind one that life in the West used to be much harder than it is.

  • Growing Away from Big Coal

    Growing Away from Big Coal

    In Colorado and New Mexico, some rural electric cooperatives are quietly fighting to get more of their power from local and renewable sources.

  • Let's Get Small

    Let's Get Small

    Can 'hamster power' -- distributed generation and small-scale renewable energy projects -- save the West, and the world?

  • Volunteers work to slow down kitten killing

    Volunteers work to slow down kitten killing

    If people would spay and neuter their pets, animal shelter volunteers would not have to euthanize kittens every spring.

  • Rebooting Urban Watersheds

    Rebooting Urban Watersheds

    In California, grassroots activists work to restore damaged East Bay waterways and the impoverished communities that surround them.

  • 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.

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