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  • Sowing the red suns of August

    Even when the tomatoes freeze and the deer trespass, gardening serves its own high purpose.

  • While the vultures circle

    The writer describes a summer as a "human mule" surveying the Arizona desert, where only the vultures move in the heat.

  • Searching for grass in a magic valley

    A hot summer spent inspecting the dry range in an Idaho valley brings a close encounter with a coyote.

  • Of muskrats and mortality

    A writer watches muskrats in Utah's Logan Canyon as she tries to come to terms with her father's approaching death.

  • A new breed of artists depicts Montana - cyanide leach fields and all

    Contemporary Montana artists create protest art as they try to depict the real Montana.

  • Disappearing railroad blues

    The merger of the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads creates a monopoly that may leave some of Colorado and Utah's working towns without rail transport for their coal.

  • Drought cuts to the bone on Southwest range

    The Southwest's severe drought takes a toll on the ranchers of New Mexico's Gila National Forest.

  • Deciding what kind of river we want

    Canyon hydrologist Jack Schmidt says that the decision of how to manage the Colorado River requires a decision on what kind of river people want it to be.

  • Glen Canyon: Using a dam to heal a river

    The first-ever manmade flood of the Colorado River through Arizona's Glen Canyon Dam is intended to help repair the river in Grand Canyon - and perhaps to signal the end of the "technocratic utopia" dream.

  • The Country Doctor

    Reserve, N.M., Dr. Mark Unverzagt, in his own words, on the often overlooked middle ground in Catron County.

  • The Psychologist

    Psychologist Melinda Garcia, in her own words, on working with people in Catron County's "war zone."

  • The Forest Ranger

    Forest Service District Ranger Mike Gardner, in his own words, on dealing with the tensions in Catron County.

  • The Businessperson

    An anonymous Catron County businessperson, in his words, on the tensions between factions in the county.

  • The County Attorney

    Catron County Attorney Jim Catron, in his own words, on the "rural Western resistance to the federal empire."

  • Catron County's politics heat up as its land goes bankrupt

    Catron County, N.M., the home of the county independence movement, is a study of contrasts - its people heavily dependent on the federal government and its land and rivers dying.

  • Tough love proves too tough

    Controversial "wilderness therapy programs" such as Utah's North Star, intended for troubled kids, come under critical scrutiny - and lawsuits - after several teenagers die while in their care.

  • Getting outside all around the West

    A state-by-state directory describes some of the many outdoor education programs in the West.

  • Spreading the gospel: Outdoor education teaches people to know and care about the West

    The number and variety of outdoor education programs has increased dramatically in the last 25 years.

  • Utah ushers its frogs toward oblivion

    Utah, which once boasted exceptionally rich populations of reptiles and amphibians, now does nothing to stop their rapid disappearance.

  • Everyone helps a California forest - except the Forest Service

    The Quincy Library Group of Plumas County, Calif., has won much approval nationally and yet finds itself having to battle the Forest Serivce on its own ground.

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