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  • 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.

  • Bringing back grizzlies splits environmentalists

    What seems on the surface to be a successful consensus effort to restore grizzlies to central Idaho and western Montana has provoked a bitter split among Northern Rockies environmentalists many of whom believe the plan will harm bears rather than help.

  • A Colorado county tries a novel approach: work the system

    County commissioners, forest rangers and other Montezuma County residents begin to come together to find a way to manage their public lands.

  • Idaho learns to share two rivers

    The Henry's Fork Watershed Council's struggle created a plan to share and save Idaho's Henry's Fork and Falls rivers.

  • Howdy, neighbor!: As a last resort, Westerners start talking to each other

    Consensus-building groups seek to find common ground in the land.

  • A park boss goes to bat for the land

    Yellowstone National Park Supervisor Michael V. Finley stirs controversy and conflict as he fights to save America's oldest national park.

  • Raising a ranch from the dead

    Rancher Sid Goodloe battles pinon-juniper and uses a variety of controversial methods to restore his ranchland in New Mexico.

  • Gambling: A tribe hits the jackpot

    Gambling at Arizona's Fort McDowell has taken the Yavapai Indians from poverty to wealth in just three years.

  • Monoculture meets its match in North Dakota

    John Gardner represents a new breed of agricultural "specialized generalists" who want to help Dakota farmers reclaim the food system.

  • Montana's outback goes on-line

    Montana State University turns to "electronic extension" to meet the information needs of the state's widely scattered population.

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