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  • New Mexico’s water rebel

    Albuquerque water developer Bill Turner, a board member of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, is often described as the bane of the district as well.

  • Red Feather builds homes and communities

    The nonprofit Red Feather Development Group recruits volunteers like Zan Wannemuehler to help build straw-bale homes on Indian reservations.

  • Fill 'er up with moonshine

    Chris Myles plans to fuel his vehicles with homebrewed ethanol, made in a still he built at his home in Silverton, Colo.

  • Tequila-fueled tunes

    The music Roger Clyne writes and performs with his band, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, is inspired by the Arizona desert

  • Have knives and hooks, will travel

    Taos County’s new Mobile Matanza is a rolling livestock butchering unit that travels to the region’s far-flung family ranchers

  • Joy Belsky: 'She made us better'

    Oregon range ecologist Joy Belsky is remembered with admiration by friends and opponents alike.

  • Stay in the Hunt

    Jim Posewitz believes hunters can help save the planet with their clear-sighted, on-the-ground conservation ethic.

  • I was a closet environmentalist

    Roger Muggli might be the busiest man in eastern Montana, what with his family farm, his feed-pellet plant, his dedicated work on water issues and his quiet, steadfast environmentalism.

  • 'Scholarship, sainthood and simplicity'

    Frank C. Craighead Jr. is remembered as a famous grizzly bear authority, an environmentalist and a writer who lived consistently with his principles.

  • The Rio Grande's unsung diplomat

    Rafter and river advocate Steve Harris tries to work with local farmers to preserve the Rio Grande in New Mexico.

  • Integrity and passion

    Arizona biologist and teacher W.L. Minckley is remembered as a man of integrity and passion.

  • A local heroine

    Chemist, zoologist and former local pharmacist Theo Colborn visits Paonia with a TV crew to be filmed for an episode of "Superteachers: Wisdom for the Future," part of a Japanese public television series.

  • The sublime delight of backtracking

    For 20 years, David Bertelsen has been in love with the same five-mile trail up Finger Rock Canyon north of Tucson, keeping track of its animal and plant life and watching out for the well-being of a fragile landscape.

  • A journalist, and much more

    Writer and organic farmer Donella Meadows is remembered as a journalist, and much more.

  • How to draw a duck

    Biologist Betsy Whitehill is remembered for a vibrant, loving life that included teaching Alaskan schoolchildren how to draw ducks.

  • Don Ewy is no timber beast

    Environmentalist, logger and HCN reader Don Ewy wonders who vandalized the bulldozer he used to selectively log trees in the North Fork State Forest in Colorado.

  • Paul Fritz left a unique legacy for the ParkService

    The late Paul Fritz is remembered as a conservationist whose years in the Park Service reflect a man who was independent and outspoken.

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