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Jon Marvel vs. the Marlboro Man August 02, 1999

Jon Marvel vs. the Marlboro Man

Jon Marvel, Hailey, Idaho, architect, founded the Idaho Watersheds Project to target public-lands grazing, but his notoriously in-your-face, confrontational style has roused a lot of controversy along the way.

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The new faces of the West July 05, 1999

The new faces of the West

The series "The Hidden West" is High Country News' look at communities that are on the edge and often uncertain of their future.

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The disappearing farm June 21, 1999

The disappearing farm

On the Great Plains, some beleagured farmers are pinning their economic hopes on local cooperatives, such as a pasta-making factory in Leeds, N.D.

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Mining the past June 07, 1999

Mining the past

The history of the copper-mining town of Butte, Mont., sparks a searching meditation on the meaning and value of work and the place it holds now, as the Old West becomes the New West.

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The last weird place May 24, 1999

The last weird place

Eccentric desert rats and clean-cut park rangers sometimes meet in a culture clash over how to manage one of the hottest, driest and strangest places in North America - Death Valley National Park.

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My beautiful ranchette May 10, 1999

My beautiful ranchette

A ranchette owner defends her home and lifestyle in a subdivision near Bozeman, Mont., a Western historian considers Montana's long history of being panicked about growth from his ranchette in the beleaguered but beautiful Bitterroot Valley, and other essays.

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Visionaries or dreamers? April 26, 1999

Visionaries or dreamers?

Earth First! founder Dave Foreman and conservation biologist Michael Soulé founded The Wildlands Project, a scientifically based plan to save endangered wildlife by restoring and reconnecting the scattered islands of wilderness remaining in the West.

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Is trapping doomed? April 12, 1999

Is trapping doomed?

Wildlife trapping - which has a long history in the West - today comes into fierce conflict with environmentalists, animal advocates, and residents upset by the risk traps pose to domestic dogs.

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Wheeling and dealing March 29, 1999

Wheeling and dealing

Land swaps, in which the Forest Service and BLM trade odd parcels of public land for ecologically valuable private land, have a long history in the West, but some say the trades too often profit land spectators at the expense of the public and the land.

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Selling off the Promised Land March 15, 1999

Selling off the Promised Land

In Montana, the Church Universal and Triumphant re-invents itself as its charismatic founder, Elizabeth Clare Prophet, retires, and new leadership offers part of the sect's Royal Teton Ranch for conservation easements and federal land trades.

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Working the land back to health March 01, 1999

Working the land back to health

David Brower tells us all environmental victories are temporary and all defeats permanent. This special issue tests that proposition, with feature articles on environmentalists seeking consensus on how to restore to the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Ariz., to health after a huge forest fire, and an effort in southeastern Oregon to bring together environmentalists, ranchers and BLM staffers to find a way to restore the badly overgrazed landscape.

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Uncommon Bounty February 15, 1999

Uncommon Bounty

Western Indian reservations and former logging towns are among economically depressed communities seeking to cash in on the new market for gourmet and medicinal plants, but some worry that the boom of "wild crafting" plants may not be entirely benign.

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Saving the Platte February 01, 1999

Saving the Platte

Environmentalists, farmers and state and federal agencies try to find some kind of consensus even as each reaches for a share of the overused Platte River as it flows from Colorado, through Wyoming and across Nebraska.

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Desert sprawl January 18, 1999

Desert sprawl

In Tucson, Ariz., where a dozen acres are cleared for development each day, environmentalists and concerned locals try to find ways to rein in runaway growth, and to save the desert and its remaining endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy owls.

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Grand Canyon Gridlock December 21, 1998

Grand Canyon Gridlock

So many people want to take a river trip through the Grand Canyon that limits set by the Park Service - which many say favor commercial outfitters over private boaters - create an administrative nightmare for the agency.

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Vail and the road to a recreational empire December 07, 1998

Vail and the road to a recreational empire

Some worry that Vail and the other booming ski resorts along Colorado's I-70 corridor - which are more lucrative than ever as they become year-round resorts - are turning the state into an Alpine theme park more like Switzerland than the Rocky Mountains.

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A patchwork peace unravels November 23, 1998

A patchwork peace unravels

The uncertain truce set up by Pres. Clinton's 1993 Northwest Forest Plan is threatened by dissatisfaction as environmentalists, loggers and scientists still fight over remaining old growth and cannot agree how best to manage the forests.

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Grizzly war November 09, 1998

Grizzly war

Wildlife biologists, environmentalists and Western politicians are engaged in a fierce debate over whether two decades of protection have so restored Yellowstone's grizzly population that the animal ought to be removed from the endangered species list.

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The Oregon way October 26, 1998

The Oregon way

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, D, is determined to solve difficult problems - such as the recovery of his state's wild coastal coho salmon - at the state level, through consensus.

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A river becomes a raw nerve October 12, 1998

A river becomes a raw nerve

The grassroots environmental group Amigos Bravos seeks consensus in the mostly Hispanic communities along the Rio Costilla in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, where there is never enough water to go around.

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A senator for the New West in the race of his life September 28, 1998

A senator for the New West in the race of his life

Democrat Harry Reid brings a reputation for integrity, a record of environmentalism, and the toughness he kept from his hardscrabble Western upbringing into a challenging race for a third term as a U.S. Senator from Nevada.

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We are shaped by the sound of wind, the slant of sunlight September 14, 1998

We are shaped by the sound of wind, the slant of sunlight

In the leading article of this essay issue, a writer says that nature writing is about much more than nature - it is about community, morality, character and hope as well.

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Excavating Ecotopia August 31, 1998

Excavating Ecotopia

Washington's Okanogan County is divided between those who support Battle Mountain Gold's planned Buckhorn Mtn. mine for its economic promise, and local and Native American activists fighting what they see as impending ecological disaster.

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Living out the trailer dream August 17, 1998

Living out the trailer dream

One in six Westerners now lives in a trailer, but this traditionally affordable housing can become an expensive trap, as tougher zoning pushes trailers into crowded parks with ever-increasing rents and regulations.

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Tribes reclaim stolen lands August 03, 1998

Tribes reclaim stolen lands

Using legal and financial savvy and the latest computer technology, Indian tribes across the West are taking control of tribal lands that have been in the hands of the federal government and, often, non-Indian farmers for the last century.

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