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  • "To feel at home, stay at home."

    This essays and book reviews in this special issue of High Country News revolve around the question: What does it mean to be at home in the West?

  • Credo: The People’s West

    Photographer Stephen Trimble offers suggestions for how citizens and communities can reinvent their relationship with the Western landscape.

  • Bury it standing

    When his old canoe shows signs of aging, Alan Kesselheim decides to bury it upright in his yard, a contemporary totem pole.

  • The aroma of Tacoma

    Karen Mockler likes the West’s grittier towns – the ones that aren’t remotely cool, the ones with a certain funk

  • When the Joneses go solar

    As solar power becomes more popular, planners wrestle with builders over aesthetics

  • When the going gets tough, the tough collaborate

    Sometimes it seems that only the impact of a severe drought can get Westerners to work together on water issues

  • Down but not out in Missoula, Montana

    Kathryn Socie works two jobs and still can’t afford to buy a house in Missoula, but she believes that her life in Montana is well worth the sacrifice it takes.

  • Picture a town that celebrates its old businesses

    Linda Hasselstrom muses sadly over the closing of a 118-year-old drugstore in downtown Cheyenne, Wyo.

  • Slipping into the holidays

    This issue’s cover essay on New Mexico’s gas fields – and our publisher’s adventures during a recent snowstorm in Paonia – reveal the complex links that bind Westerners together for better or worse

  • Pueblo water battle nears its end

    If New Mexico’s 40-year-old Aamodt case is settled, it will end centuries of wrangling over water use, but not everybody is happy with how it’s ending

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