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  • 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.

  • Reclaiming the low country

    Jared Farmer speaks in praise of Utah’s neglected “low country” landscapes – places like Utah Lake.

  • The Mog Squad

    In the quest for the ultimate firefighting machine, the BLM in Nevada has turned to some very big, very strange, and very foreign vehicles.

  • An unlikely Shangri-la

    Steve and Marc Jenson have ambitious plans to turn a failed ski resort near Beaver, Utah, into a private enclave for the ultra-rich, but not everyone is thrilled about the idea.

  • Hostile takeover

    In the Pacific Northwest, scientists reluctantly consider killing barred owls to save increasingly threatened northern spotted owls.

  • A fractured party

    The Grand Old Party will either find a new life – or court self-destruction – in the West today, where moderates and hard-liners are battling over conservation issues.

  • Peace on the Klamath

    For years, Native Americans, fishermen and farmers have battled over the Klamath River in southern Oregon and Northern California, but finally a complicated truce is in the works.

  • Why the West needs Mythic Cowboys

    Jeffrey Lockwood believes that the modern West could use an infusion of old-fashioned Cowboy Mythology.

  • On Cancer’s Trail

    The women in Stefanie Raymond-Whish’s family have a history of breast cancer, and the young Navajo biologist wants to know whether the uranium on the reservation might have something to do with it.

  • Boom! Boom!

    An energy boom of unprecedented proportions is transforming western Colorado towns like Rifle, which just recently recovered from the last big energy boom – and a catastrophic bust.

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