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  • Mexican workers in our towns want to legitimize their presence

    The hour was early, the high desert air was fall-frosty, and the coffee was, well, truly horrible. I'd arrived for my volunteer shift at a Catholic church in the western Colorado town of Delta, and I had a very bad feeling.

  • Ranchers band together to break a monopoly on marketing

    The next thing you might hear is a phone call from that same rancher to his or her congressman asking support for a ban on packer ownership of cattle. Packers are the people at the end of the line of raising a calf; they turn cattle into steaks and hambur

  • Lake stops sprawl in its tracks ... for now

    Environmentalists and SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson denounce the Legacy Highway, a disputed 14-mile road that would connect Salt Lake City to Farmington, arguing that it would destroy wetlands, encourage sprawl, and degrade the Front's already murky air.

  • How I lost my town

    The author remembers his early days in a small Colorado mountain town, and ponders the economic and social changes that have slowly turned "Mendicant Mountain" into a bustling, expensive ski resort.

  • How does snow melt? A test for all Westerners

    With each flood of newcomers to the Interior West, specialized knowledge of place and culture is both lost and gained.

  • Las Vegas: Images in light, images in stone

    Looking for petroglyphs and then watching a light show in Las Vegas, Nev., leads the writer to think that people haven't changed so much over the millennia.

  • Welcome to (your name here), Wyoming

    An auction to sell the former Wyoming boomtown of Jeffrey City leads the writer to muse about other energy boomtowns, such as Gillette and Wright, and how they have become true communities over the years.

  • Luxury homes torched in Tucson

    In Phoenix, Mark Warren Sands is charged with burning down eight trophy homes, but the June arsons that burned three brand-new, vacant luxury homes in Tucson's Pima Canyon Estates remain a mystery.

  • Surprise! Boise votes for open space

    In conservative Idaho, Boise residents vote to tax themselves to conserve open space and stave off sprawl in the foothills.

  • Fruita draws the line against sprawl

    A small rural town on Colorado's Western Slope, Fruita is fighting to save its agriculture and avoid the sprawling growth of nearby Grand Junction, using innovative planning and the transfer of development rights to keep a three-mile open-space buffer.

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