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Hostile Takeover August 04, 2008

Hostile Takeover

Barred owls are driving threatened spotted owls out of their Northwest forest territory. Is it time to shoot them?

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A fractured party July 21, 2008

A fractured party

The Grand Old Party will either find a new life – or court self-destruction – in the West today, where moderates and hard-liners are battling over conservation issues.

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Peace on the Klamath June 23, 2008

Peace on the Klamath

For years, Native Americans, fishermen and farmers have battled over the Klamath River in southern Oregon and Northern California, but finally a complicated truce is in the works.

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Why the West needs Mythic Cowboys June 09, 2008

Why the West needs Mythic Cowboys

Jeffrey Lockwood believes that the modern West could use an infusion of old-fashioned Cowboy Mythology.

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On Cancer’s Trail May 26, 2008

On Cancer’s Trail

The women in Stefanie Raymond-Whish’s family have a history of breast cancer, and the young Navajo biologist wants to know whether the uranium on the reservation might have something to do with it.

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Boom! Boom! May 12, 2008

Boom! Boom!

An energy boom of unprecedented proportions is transforming western Colorado towns like Rifle, which just recently recovered from the last big energy boom – and a catastrophic bust.

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Pillaging the Past April 28, 2008

Pillaging the Past

Craig Childs explores the fine line that separates archeology from grave-robbing in the American Southwest.

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Taking to the Trees April 14, 2008

Taking to the Trees

After conquering rocks, trails and mountains, weekend warriors have found a new hobby: Climbing the West’s big trees.

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My Crazy Brother March 31, 2008

My Crazy Brother

Ray Ring takes a personal, painful look at the West’s suicidal tendencies, as shown in the life and death of his brother, John.

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Seeking the Water Jackpot March 17, 2008

Seeking the Water Jackpot

The Navajo Nation is determined to finally claim its rightful share of the Colorado River after 86 years of being left out of the region’s water politics.

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The People of the Sea March 03, 2008

The People of the Sea

California’s Salton Sea is at a crossroads, but whether it dries up and blows away or is restored and rejuvenated, the future does not look bright for its resident renegades, retirees and recluses.

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Reluctant Boomtown February 18, 2008

Reluctant Boomtown

A copper-mining company is courting Superior, Ariz., but the former mining town – now re-inventing itself as a modest tourist haven – is unsure whether it really wants a new marriage with extractive industry

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Unnatural Preservation February 04, 2008

Unnatural Preservation

Public-land managers in the era of global warming face uncomfortable choices: Do they intervene to protect dying plants and animals, or stand back and let this new version of “nature” take its course?

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An energy oasis in the political desert January 21, 2008

An energy oasis in the political desert

The Interior West’s growing political voice – and its status as the nation’s energy supplier – mean presidential candidates need to see the region as more than campaign flyover country.

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Last chance for the Lobo December 24, 2007

Last chance for the Lobo

In Catron County, N.M., an attempt to reintroduce endangered Mexican wolves has fallen into chaos in the wake of political misjudgments, local hostility and problems caused by inbreeding among the wolves.

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Rebels with a Lost Cause December 10, 2007

Rebels with a Lost Cause

The fiercely conservative lawyers of the Sagebrush Rebellion continue to fight against environmental regulations, but despite all their sound and fury, very little has changed on the public lands.

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Beetle Warfare November 26, 2007

Beetle Warfare

Scientists unleash a new weapon in the fight against invasive tamarisk – a tiny exotic beetle from Kazakhstan.

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L.A. Bets on the Farm November 12, 2007

L.A. Bets on the Farm

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – the West’s most powerful water agency – uses a shrewd blend of Wall Street tactics and rural diplomacy to keep the water flowing to L.A. and its environs.

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Which Way West October 29, 2007

Which Way West

This special issue focuses on books and essays that help us understand the complex, chaotic West.

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Cat Fight on the Border October 15, 2007

Cat Fight on the Border

Plans to fence as much as possible of the U.S.-Mexico border could derail the return of rare jaguars to the Southwest.

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Sheep v. Sheep October 01, 2007

Sheep v. Sheep

Bighorn sheep and longtime sheep ranchers face off in Hells Canyon, where a legal battle over public-lands grazing could cause ripples across the West.

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Facing the yuck factor September 17, 2007

Facing the yuck factor

As population growth and climate change stress the region’s water supplies, Westerners think hard about recycling their effluent, although some worry about the possibly harmful endocrine disrupters found in cleaned-up effluent.

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A Climate Change Solution? September 03, 2007

A Climate Change Solution?

Pete McGrail believes the volcanic basalt that underlies the Columbia River Basin may hold a cure for global warming: carbon sequestration.

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Bonfire of the Superweeds August 20, 2007

Bonfire of the Superweeds

In Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, good intentions are responsible for the introduction of exotic buffelgrass – but all the good intentions in the world may not be enough to save the desert now that this invasive and fire-prone plant is spreading.

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Guns R Us August 06, 2007

Guns R Us

Westerners have always been deeply in love with their firearms, and gun-shop owners like Ryan Horsley are determined to make sure that nothing comes between them

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