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The Hardest Climb July 23, 2012

The Hardest Climb

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Black Diamond CEO Peter Metcalf built a climbing-gear business when nobody thought it could be done. But his dream of turning the outdoor industry into a conservation champion remains tantalizingly elusive. Also, exporting coal to Asia incites a motley opposition, saving chimneys and swifts, Utah tar sands, Oregon logging pollution, and more.

Special travel issue June 25, 2012

Special travel issue

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Land art in the West, Twilight and the Quileute tribe; three days in New Mexico, Montana, and Reno; Las Vegas gun tourism; Craig Childs on travel to the deep past.

The Darkest Shade of Polygamy June 11, 2012

The Darkest Shade of Polygamy

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Utah and Arizona fail to crack down on abusive polygamous sects which persist even after Warren Jeffs' conviction; abalone poachers versus wildlife officials; nuclear regulator Gregory Jaczko's sharp eye will be missed; scientists enlist help for spider surveys and more.

The Gila Bend Photon Club May 28, 2012

The Gila Bend Photon Club

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Gila Bend, Arizona: Crumbling remnant of the Old West or the perfect place for utility-scale solar to finally take off?; also, selenium's problems, hunter-run Super PACS, do conservation-minded subdivisions work?; voluntary endangered species conservation agreements, and more

The sediment dumps of L.A. May 14, 2012

The sediment dumps of L.A.

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When Camron Stone realized that a nearby riparian forest was about to be bulldozed by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, he tried to fight back. Also, the skinny on land grabs by state lawmakers, turning diesel into fertilizer, new science of beetle kill and wildfires, and more

A Mexican rancher struggles to shift from cattle to conservation April 30, 2012

A Mexican rancher struggles to shift from cattle to conservation

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In Northwest Mexico, rancher Carlos Robles Elías works hard to make his Rancho El Aribabi into an oasis of biodiversity, despite the challenges of a sagging economy and rampant drug cartel violence. Also, Arizona's clean elections law, tackling gangs with Steinbeck, balancing fish and farms, and more.

The Other Bakken Boom April 16, 2012

The Other Bakken Boom

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North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes are struggling with living in the heart of the Bakken Formation, North Dakota’s gigantic oil play; an "all of the above" renewable bill; extreme cartography; how Peter Gleick's fall hurts California water policy, and more.