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  • A Montana county unearths a major welfare queen:itself

    Republican County Commissioner Adam Dahlman discovers that for every dollar Teton County taxpayers pay, $2.50 comes back from the federal government.

  • Road warriors back on the offensive

    The Bush administration rolls back a Clinton-era moratorium on RS 2477, a controversial old statute that some Western counties have used to claim designated roads in wilderness areas, parks and monuments

  • A breath of fresh air

    For over 30 years, the Northern Cheyenne have stood firm against energy development and its environmental impacts, but now, faced with crushing poverty, some are starting to think about developing the reservation’s coal and methane resources

  • Break open the gates

    Gated communities; HCN calls readers; visitors; gripes & gun-totin' Democrats

  • Heard Around the West

    Biodiesel pirates; dinosaur bones for sale; archaeological developments; hot weather and cool bankrobbers; what to do with a big dead moose.

  • The luckiest horse in Reno

    After a herd of wild horses is massacred in Nevada, Deanne Stillman ponders the bones in the desert.

  • Conservation groups come and go. Why?

    Pat Munday decries the “professionalization” of environmental groups.

  • Uber Recycling

    Garry and Diann Fulks have been recycling large metal objects for 35 years at their scrap yard in Montrose, Colo.

  • The latest trend in name-calling

    Just because you disagree with someone about energy drilling or off-road vehicles doesn’t mean your opponent is a communist pinko – or an eco-terrorist.

  • Easing into development

    A backroom agreement between the Forest Service and Plum Creek Co. leaves Montana counties out of the picture when it comes to access to and development of national forest inholdings.

  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of … game?

    The National Rifle Association wants to enshrine the right to hunt in state constitutions, but even some hunters have their doubts about the wisdom of doing so.

  • Warp, weft and Wal-Mart

    Navajo weaver Marie Begay makes beautiful rugs from the wool of the sheep she raises, and looks forward to spending the money she earns at Wal-Mart.

  • Two weeks in the West

    On public lands throughout the West, hikers, bikers, horseback riders and off-roaders compete for trail space, while beleaguered land-managers struggle to come up with workable forest management plans.

  • Cowboy up to the energy boom

    In today’s complicated West, where retirees battle energy companies and environmentalists fight transmission lines carrying green power, maybe we need some heroic cowboys to help straighten everything out.

  • Heard Around the West

    The boatmen’s quarterly review revisits the wet spring of 1983 and the terrifying whitewater the rafters encountered deep in the Grand Canyon; “Smart fortwo” car coming to town; the wit & wisdom of Ted Turner.

  • The amphibian heart

    Aaron Gilbreath rescues red-spotted toads and wishes he could preserve the unraveling strands of his grandmother’s memory.

  • Cowgirl meets lawsuit

    In her first novel, Jackalope Dreams, Western writer Mary Clearman Blew gives us a tale of the contemporary West that rings both sad and true.

  • The (non)idiot’s guide to energy

    In Power of the People: America’s New Electricity Choices, energy specialist Carol Sue Tombari has written a concise and remarkably readable book about the best way to tackle our nation’s energy problems.

  • Too many elk and not enough tough love

    Jeff Welsch decries the “ungulate welfare” on display in the overcrowded winter feeding grounds of Wyoming’s National Elk Refuge.

  • Rural West going to the dogs

    Despite all the fuss about wolves and other wild predators, feral and free-roaming dogs in the West may actually pose a greater danger to livestock, wildlife and people.

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