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  • Unfinished zombie housing developments haunt the rural West

    Unfinished zombie housing developments haunt the rural West

    Lack of planning rules and the housing bubble led to dead subdivisions plaguing the West, especially in Teton County, Idaho, where locals are trying to deal with the impacts of the real estate bust, yet still arguing if planning even works.

  • The paradox of the housing boom and bust

    The paradox of the housing boom and bust

    Outside Delta, Colo sits yet another rural subdivision that was never completed -- a sign of the West's housing bust and of the difficulty of regulating rural growth.

  • County kickbacks

    County kickbacks

    Western rural county governments often rely heavily on federal funding.

  • Wolves: The debate is seldom rational

    Wolves: The debate is seldom rational

    The great Western wolf debate is as emotional as ever.

  • The newest Westerners

    The newest Westerners

    Immigrants from around the world are changing traditionally white Western communities such as Boise, Idaho.

  • Call me a local and forget about my grandpappy

    Call me a local and forget about my grandpappy

    Small-town Westerners need to get over the notion that just because they have a grandparent buried nearby they deserve a greater voice in local politics.

  • Everybody wants to move to my town

    Everybody wants to move to my town

    Steve Bunk returns to his old hometown of Boise to find he’s not the only one in search of a sanctuary.

  • Audio: Politics on planet Idaho

    Audio: Politics on planet Idaho

    Just how bad or good are Idaho's environmental politics? On September 18, High Country News gathered Idaho politicians and environmentalists for a lively exploration of these questions.

  • A town’s downtown is the new (old) way to live

    Bill Croke celebrates his brand-new, old-fashioned lifestyle: living upstairs in an old brick building in downtown Salmon, Idaho.

  • Small-town struggle in a big land

    In his first book, The Enders Hotel, Brandon R. Schrand describes a childhood spent growing up in a funky hotel in the small town of Soda Springs, Idaho.

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