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  • Heard around the West

    Pretending to be an illegal immigrant; Olympia’s gangsta raccoons; advice on selling Bibles door-to-door; peculiar – and pricey – ads in Colorado; Snakes on the Ground are scaring folks in Arizona.

  • Loss and renewal in the Northwest

    Steven Radosevich writes simple, painful, personal essays about the changing landscape of the Pacific Northwest in his new book, Good Wood: Growth, Loss and Renewal.

  • 'There was just some hard hittin' going on'

    Matt Jenkins visits the annual Combine Demolition Derby in the tiny farming town of Lind, Wash.

  • Waiting for the tide

    In The Highest Tide, Jim Lynch’s debut novel, a 13-year-old boy in the Pacific Northwest begins finding all kinds of strange sea creatures, and wonders if "maybe the earth is trying to tell us something."

  • The wild, wild weather

    Whatever the cause, the weather in the West this last year has been wild and wacky

  • Timberlands up for grabs

    As the West’s privately owned timberlands go up for sale, small towns like Glenwood, Wash., are working to buy local forests and manage them for the good of the community

  • Heard around the West

    Old-timers can no longer ski for free at Park City; 80-year-old farmer won’t slow down; scary killer bee stories; Alaskan pork; Bluff vs. Pokershare.com; no road to new high school in Tombstone

  • D.C. and the West: Worlds apart

    Washington, D.C., seems like another planet when seen from the West, as the political stories in this issue of the paper suggest

  • This mayor sees a different shade of green

    Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make his city environmentally sustainable

  • Heard around the West

    Snowmobiling sans snow; Las Vegas "condiments"; wacky weather in Washington; burritos, bears and school lockdowns; wrapping glaciers in Switzerland; Salazar takes on the Family; good manners ease highway screw-up

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