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  • 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.

  • Out in the cold

    When Julene Bair sold the family farm, she severed her lifelong connections with a sense of place and her own childhood.

  • The missing puzzle piece

    The missing puzzle piece

    In southwestern Colorado’s Crow Canyon, archaeologists are working with Native Americans to solve the historical mysteries of the Four Corners area.

  • Digging deep

    Digging deep

    An innovative local program helps Hispanic heroin addicts recover by renewing their ties to the land.

  • Desperate measures

    Desperate measures

    Over the years, Westerners have come up with a lot of wacky schemes to get more water.

  • Ultimate solution?

    Southern California wants to use desalination to increase its water supply, but critics think the idea needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

  • Who’ll clean up when the party’s over?

    Who’ll clean up when the party’s over?

    There are efforts to reclaim oil and gas drilling sites, but many fear it’s too little, too late.

  • Still Howling Wolf

    Still Howling Wolf

    Ranchers and environmentalists in Wyoming are still squabbling over wolves as the animal bounces on and off the endangered species list.

  • The coming quake

    The coming quake

    Scientists are studying the southern San Andreas Fault to help Southern California prepare for future earthquakes.

  • Prophets and politics

    The Mormon Church works to ban gay marriage in California, even as gay people in places like Rexburg, Idaho, come out of the LDS closet.

  • Back to the future

    A long time ago, the earth warmed considerably; now, scientists study fossils to find out what happened – and what it might mean for us today.

  • The street hierarchy

    The street hierarchy

    Aaron Gilbreath mulls the very large difference between being a pedestrian in ultra-cool Portland, Ore., and in sprawling Phoenix, Ariz.

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