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  • The strange attraction of the “breakfast thing”

    Rob Pudim casts a curious eye on the small-town Western “breakfast thing,” where old codgers gather around a café table to flirt with the waitress and talk about nothing in particular.

  • Lewis’ Web

    Wyoming microbiologist Randy Lewis is fascinated by spiders – particularly by the remarkable silk they produce.

  • March madness trims the herd

    Just as winter turns into spring, Paul Larmer watches a young elk die in western Colorado.

  • Down the alleys and through the collectibles

    Bill Croke enjoys a rite of spring peculiar to small towns: Strolling the neighborhood alleys and snooping to see what everyone’s up to.

  • Fill 'er up with moonshine

    Chris Myles plans to fuel his vehicles with homebrewed ethanol, made in a still he built at his home in Silverton, Colo.

  • 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

  • A green obsession

    Westerners, like most Americans, are deeply in love with their lawns – but in an time of increasing drought, the Kentucky bluegrass is going to have to go

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

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

  • 'I call (regulations) land stealing ...'

    Dorothy English weighs in on the pros – and cons – of Oregon’s Measure 37

  • The merry — and meditative — farmer

    In Blithe Tomato, Mike Madison writes engagingly about working the land on a small farm in California’s Central Valley

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