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  • Scientists and the city

    Scientists working in the relatively new field of urban ecology study cities like Phoenix, seeking to gain knowledge that will help all cities as the West gets warmer

  • The Sultans of Spuds

    Western farmers band together to form the “OPEC of Potatoes” – a farmers’ cooperative called the United Potato Growers of America

  • Two weeks in the West

    Coal-fired power plants don’t get no respect; nuclear is nudging its way in; resort real estate is hot as plutonium

  • Fire: Friend and foe

    Recent Western fires have cleared the stage for the rampant growth of highly flammable exotic plants such as cheatgrass and the buffelgrass now invading the Sonoran Desert

  • Bonfire of the Superweeds

    In Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, good intentions are responsible for the introduction of exotic buffelgrass – but all the good intentions in the world may not be enough to save the desert now that this invasive and fire-prone plant is spreading

  • Heard around the West

    Stonefridge has fallen; passports for Hutterites; 8-year-old terrorists?; railroad safety, sort of; stinky orchids; bare bikers busted in Seattle

  • The owl and I

    Melissa Hart’s relationship with an owl transforms her life

  • On the road, and on a date with history

    In Uncertain Pilgrims, novelist Lenore Carroll follows a troubled young woman who is retracing the Santa Fe Trail

  • A forest in flux

    Jon R. Luoma examines old-growth forests through the eyes of the scientists who study them in The Hidden Forest: The Biography of an Ecosystem

  • Changing the world, one car at a time

    Greg Rock, co-founder of the Green Car Company in Seattle, is determined to help the world drive into a greener and more sustainable future

  • Pony up

    When it comes to fund raising, Mitt Romney is the West’s favorite presidential candidate, as is demonstrated by a series of charts

  • Of politics and the river

    The last free-flowing river in the desert Southwest, Arizona’s San Pedro, is threatened by an expanding Fort Huachuca and a controversial congressman

  • Two weeks in the West

    The continuing saga of the white-tailed prairie dog vs. Julie MacDonald; sage grouse in trouble; Westerners are still burning – and drowning; statistics about air conditioning and a long hot summer

  • Ready, aim, compromise

    With this issue on guns in the West, High Country News hopes to encourage people across the political spectrum to talk about sane gun policy rather than indulge in rabid rhetorical gunplay

  • Heard Around the West

    “Goat Insurance” in Idaho; organic is blooming in Washington; scary big black rifles are in; don’t shoot the cleaners; pardon my typo

  • Lost in the Land of the Ugly Stepsister

    Great Falls, Mont., suffers from the Ugly Stepsister Syndrome, a cognitive disorder that makes it willing to trade a Lewis and Clark historic landmark for a dirty coal-fired power plant

  • The great American road trip

    In At Speed: Traveling the Long Road Between Two Points, W. Scott Olsen celebrates the world as seen through a windshield

  • Big dams, big deal

    Big Dams of the New Deal Era: A Confluence of Engineering and Politics is as deep and erudite a tome as it sounds, and yet also a surprisingly good read

  • Worth the work

    Jeremias Pink fixes up bikes and gives them away because he loves his town, Pocatello, Idaho

  • The red, white and blue of ‘red or green?’

    New Mexico’s traditional chile industry faces hot competition from global producers

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