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  • Can I lose 20 pounds before my 50th high school reunion?

    Jeannie Pomeroy faces the prospect of an upcoming high school reunion with the wry awareness that neither she nor her classmates are the people they were 50 years ago.

  • Here’s a new way to think about Black History

    As an African-American, Wayne Hare appreciates Black History Month, but looks forward to a time when the U.S. can celebrate its identity as a nation of non-hyphenated Americans.

  • It’s the West’s turn to call the shots

    The writer sees political leadership emerging from the West, a region disdained by the Eastern establishment.

  • The ugly economy of killing wildlife

    Lisa Upson and Wendy Keefover-Ring believe that Wildlife Services’ predator control program is ugly, ineffective, inhumane and indiscriminate.

  • The decline of logging is now killing

    Now that logging no longer provides enough money to support Oregon’s libraries, Pepper Trail says it’s up to citizens to decide to keep their state’s bookshelves filled and accessible.

  • Blowing the whistle on Yucca Mountain in Nevada

    The writer tells why he quit a scientific panel that studied Yucca Mountain's suitability for storing nuclear waste

  • The next wars may be fought over water

    Tim Holt warns that European companies are moving to privatize our water supplies

  • An ancient place to wonder about our survival

    Andy Gulliford delights in the vast Canyon of the Ancients National Monument-- a living museum subject to increased gas drilling.

  • Taos' return to the acequias

    38 years of meetings and a price-tag of $120 million formalize old agreements

  • Battered borderlands

    As the number of illegal immigrants crossing the Sonoran Desert into Arizona rises, the Border Patrol is faced with the need to protect a fragile environment at the same time that it polices the border.

  • Heard around the West

    Dirk Kempthorne and luxury RVs; The Farmer Wants a Wife, maybe; no rules (or bras) at Sturgis; look before you pee; hard-working Washington pot-growers; Arizona’s biggest marijuana farm; with defense lawyers like this one, who needs a prosecutor?; and big bird with a bad grip

  • Underworld

    In a dark, narrow storm drain below the border town of Douglas, Ariz., eight illegal immigrants drowned in the summer of 1997

  • The green Republican: back from the dead?

    Worried about falling poll numbers, some Republicans, led by Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, are resisting some of the Bush administration’s more far-reaching attacks on environmental protection

  • A life of brutal grace

    The Boy Who Invented Skiing" is the memoir of Swain Wolfe, who spent his boyhood in a Colorado Springs tuberculosis sanatorium in the '30s

  • Destroyer of worlds

    In 109 East Palace, the granddaughter of one of the Manhattan Project's administrators re-examines the story of the atomic bomb built in Los Alamos

  • Endangered Species 101 — in poetry

    The Dire Elegies laments the plight of North America's endangered wildlife in poetic detail

  • Waste disposal the industry's Achilles' heel

    The French have dealt with their radioactive waste for decades by reprocessing it, but the process is more problematic than it sounds, particularly in an age of terrorism

  • Retooling a Leviathan

    The nation’s nuclear infrastructure is aging, and in need of very expensive – and very complicated – retooling just to survive

  • The Hot West

    Graphics show the location of the West’s nuclear sites and uranium sources, and the nuclear fuel cycle is described

  • Navajo Windfall

    The Navajo Nation is fighting to keep uranium mining off the reservation, but eager uranium companies are determined to mine– and the federal government is on their side

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