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  • Can Dan Beard reclaim Reclamation?

    A profile of Dan Beard, head of Bureau of Reclamation, shows his role within the Department of the Interior.

  • A tribute to the man who imagined the West we now seek to build

    A writer reflects on the life and death of Wallace Stegner.

  • To save a Utah canyon, a BLM ranger quits and turns activist

    Former BLM ranger Skip Edwards fights to preserve Utah's Westwater Canyon as wilderness at the same time that miner Ron Pene seeks to develop his family's mining claims in the canyon.

  • Inside the glitter

    An exhibit of photographs and interviews by Kit Miller takes an indepth look at the people who work in Nevada's casinos.

  • A progressive bureaucrat signs off

    Ed Marston interviews HCN reader Daniel Beard, who resigns as Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Sept. 1.

  • A 77-year-old cow watcher from Arizona

    HCN reader Pauline Sandholdt of Salome, Arizona, is featured in a profile.

  • Jim Thrash: A solid man

    A eulogy for conservationist Jim Thrash, who died in the Canyon Creek fire.

  • Tireless and tenacious storytelling

    Lori Edmo-Suppah works tirelessly to keep the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes informed through the newspaper she edits, the Sho-Ban News

  • In a run-down neighborhood, there's lots of love

    In a hardscrabble neighborhood in northeast Denver, Lorraine Granado fights for environmental justice

  • Safety first

    Steve Ficklin is an oil and gas safety inspector for the Bureau of Land Management in western Colorado

  • Where there's fire, there's global warming

    Climate scientist Anthony Westerling is working to illuminate the connection between rising global temperatures and the increasing ferocity of the West’s forest fires

  • Raul Grijalva relishes a good fight

    Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva loves fighting for old-fashioned liberal causes like immigration rights, the environment, unions and strong social programs

  • Stargazer aims his scopes at gas industry

    Astronomer Perry Walker uses his stargazing tools and skills to work with the oil and gas industry to prevent air pollution in Wyoming

  • Dinosaur tracks on a desert shore

    When drought shrank Lake Powell this summer, paleontologist Martin Lockley went to work scouring the shoreline for newly revealed rare dinosaur tracks in the sandstone

  • Painting for progress

    Artist Joan Hoffman pours her love of wilderness into her paintings, and uses her art as a way to fight for the environment

  • Jim Detterline to the rescue

    Park Ranger Jim Detterline battles the agency he loves over its insistence that a hearing impairment makes him unfit for his job.

  • Tripping over T-Rex

    Paleontologist Bob Harmon loves nothing better than digging for old bones under the hot Montana sun

  • Bay bags his way to the top

    Brian Bay of Sandy, Utah, is the world champion of grocery-store baggers, following his triumph at the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Competition.

  • Lewis’ Web

    Wyoming microbiologist Randy Lewis is fascinated by spiders – particularly by the remarkable silk they produce.

  • Busy as a Buchmann

    Ecologist Stephan Buchmann is crazy about bees, and his Tucson-based one-man nonprofit, The Bee Works, is simply buzzing with activity.

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