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  • Sensory deprivation on the High Plains

    An Appalachian transplant seeks community in Wyoming coal towns Gillette and Wright.

  • While the New West booms, Wyoming mines, drills ... and languishes

    The state of Wyoming remains stuck in the Old West and trapped by its myths and boom-and-bust cycles, while outside its boundaries the New West comes to life.

  • On the trail of mining's corporate nomads

    The copper mining company Summo USA's plans to mine in northern New Mexico and Lisbon Valley, Utah, lead a reporter to follow what happens when local communities resist - and don't resist - a hardrock mining project.

  • The Cowboy State gets shook up by 100,000 hogs

    Local activists in Wheatland, Wyo., band together to fight an industrial hog farm that would produce 100,000 pigs a year - and a lot of unpleasant products.

  • Chaos comes to Costilla County

    Costilla County, Colorado's attempts to rein in logging and gain access to the Taylor Ranch their Hispanic forebears used as a commons are frustrated by a wave of mostly Anglo newcomers who want no part of any planning regulations.

  • How do you define sacred?

    A Comanche writer points out that Native Americans rarely agree on anything, including sacred places and spirituality, but believes that the discussion is good for us and that common sense can lead to mutual respect.

  • The sacred and profane collide in the West

    The growing desire of Native Americans to protect their sacred sites in the West leads to sometimes acrimonious debate over public access, the First Amendment and the definition of sacred places.

  • Planning under the gun: Cleaning up Lake Tahoe proves to be a dirty business

    Is the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency going to clean up beleaguered Lake Tahoe and its surroundings - or simply drive a wedge between the elite and the working class in the community?

  • Montana minister challenges a racist heresy

    An Evangelical Lutheran pastor denounces the racial extremists of the so-called "Christian Identity" movement who have lately flocked to Montana.

  • Christian Evangelicals preach a green gospel

    A new breed of green Evangelical Christians seeks to spread the good news of Bible-based environmentalism to their conservative fellow Christians.

  • The Mojave National Preserve: 1.4 million acres of contradictions

    California's new Mojave National Preserve, touted as "a park for the 21st century," seeks to remain primitive and to avoid alienating the small communities in and around the preserve.

  • Beauty and the Beast: The president's new monument forces southern Utah to face its tourism future

    As the small, conservative towns bordering Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument begin to adapt to the monument they never wanted, a new vision for what gateway communities and preserved areas might be begins to slowly emerge.

  • The Mojave National Preserve: 1.4 million acres of contradictions

    California's new Mojave National Preserve, touted as "a park for the 21st century," seeks to remain primitive and to avoid alienating the small communities in and around the preserve.

  • Beauty and the Beast: The president's new monument forces southern Utah to face its tourism future

    As the small, conservative towns bordering Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument begin to adapt to the monument they never wanted, a new vision for what gateway communities and preserved areas might be begins to slowly emerge.

  • Big Sky, big mess in Montana

    A Montana ski resort originally created by newsman Chet Huntley and intended to be a model of free-market, unconstrained development, is today a morass of lawsuits, environmental degradation and inefficiency.

  • Working the Watershed

    An unusual group founded by environmentalists and logging companies, the Willapa Alliance seeks to bring economic and ecological healing to Washington's Willapa Bay.

  • Hunters close ranks, and minds

    The notorious self-censorship the hunting press showed when "Outdoor Life" pulled biologist Tom Beck's article critical of bear baiting leads to speculations by an outdoor writer on why hunters are so thin-skinned about criticism.

  • No home on the range

    The deliberate slaughter of bison straying from Yellowstone National Park - killed because the brucellosis they may carry might endanger livestock - provokes a storm of protest, and calls into question the concept of wildlife management in the park.

  • Bringing back the bighorn

    The Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep has fought its way back from near extinction, but efforts to reintroduce it to all its former range are more difficult than they appear.

  • Bees under siege

    Honeybees across the West - and the nation - are dying in huge numbers, and some think a pesticide, methyl parathion, may be the primary killer.

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