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  • Second homes, by the numbers

    An informal index gives some of the numbers behind the baby-boomer-driven second-home explosion in Colorado’s mountain counties

  • Window Shopping: Part-Time Paradise

    Aspen, Colo., and other mountain resort towns burst with wealthy baby boomers' second, third and even fourth homes. But for much of the year those houses sit empty, and the towns are turning hollow

  • Wamsutter Profiles

    Some of Wamsutter’s citizens are briefly profiled: a Baptist preacher, a couple of real estate entrepreneurs, a café owner, the deputy sheriff, a bar owner, an oil-field worker, the town librarian and a local Democrat

  • When a Boom is a Bust

    Wamsutter, Wyo., is a boomtown these days, but the town is struggling to be a real community, instead of just a barracks for the natural gas industry

  • Remembering those forgotten in the desert

    In his book, The Devil’s Highway, Luis Alberto Urrea tells the tragic story of a group of poor immigrants who tried to get to a better life, and died in the Arizona desert

  • Speaking up for rural Oregonians: Judge Laura Pryor

    Judge Laura Pryor of Gilliam County, Ore., has led the charge to create the Eastern Oregon Rural Alliance to help eastern Oregon’s small rural communities

  • Mining town gambles on a road to riches

    The rivalry between two Colorado gambling towns has led Central City to begin building a new highway to draw visitors directly to its casinos rather than to those of its more successful neighbor, Black Hawk

  • Reflections on small towns after a bulldozer rampage

    The writer explains what drives some people berserk in small towns like Granby, Colorado

  • I've tried, but I can't eat the view

    Missoula, Mont., like many amenity-rich Western towns, is becoming too expensive for its working-class population

  • Wal-Mart: Love it or loathe it

    Businesspeople and shoppers may love Wal-Mart, but a lot of its workers – and ex-workers – have reasons to dislike the company

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