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  • The Land of the Dry

    A Westerner makes the disconcerting discovery that as we age, the high, dry West we love isn't so good for our moisture-loving bodies, and the only cure is a trip to the beach.

  • A quest for the world’s finest pinot noir

    Brian Doyle’s new book, The Grail, lives up to its lively subtitle as it describes “a year ambling and shambling through an Oregon vineyard in pursuit of the best pinot noir in the whole wild world.”

  • Ode to a public lands experiment

    It may have lovely photographs, but Valles Caldera: A Vision for New Mexico’s National Reserve is much more than just another coffee-table book.

  • New Mexico’s water rebel

    Albuquerque water developer Bill Turner, a board member of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, is often described as the bane of the district as well.

  • Powered by pond scum

    Colorado inventor Jim Sears is among those researchers fascinated by the possibility that algae farms in the Southwest could provide a source of biodiesel.

  • Sans petrol

    Willits, Calif., is one of a growing number of communities trying to prepare for a post-oil world by becoming economically and agriculturally sustainable.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Forest Service faces budget cuts; Rural Schools Act dies; local governments may have to pay more firefighting costs; user fees upheld; grazing fees go down; Klamath dams may fall; livestock killed by wolves, and wolves killed; and UFOs in the West.

  • Border Patrol Whack-a-Mole

    The United States needs genuine immigration reform instead of the politically motivated shouting match that has taken the place of reasonable debate.

  • One Nation, Under Fire

    The Sonoran Desert homeland of the Tohono O’odham Nation has become a nerve-wracking police state, caught in the crossfire between drug and immigrant smugglers and the U.S. Border Patrol.

  • Heard around the West

    Plumber vs. golfers in Soap Lake, Wash.; Welcome to Wyoming; don’t mess with mamma coyote; no intelligent life on Earth; amusing headlines; yummy hospital food?

  • Winter Prayer

    Snowshoeing alone at night in the forest, a woman thinks – and prays – about the friends she loves, and the families they worry about.

  • A tale of shame and glory in the Southwest

    Hampton Sides’ new book, Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West, follows Kit Carson through the bloody history of the 19th century Southwest.

  • Notes from a place of risk and hope

    In Big Wonderful: Notes from Wyoming, Kevin Holdsworth describes his love for a harsh landscape in essays, poetry and fiction.

  • Don’t part out our national parks

    If the National Park Service allows commercial bio-prospecting in Yellowstone and our other parks, it will set a dangerous precedent.

  • A Western historian and a Western hero

    Las Vegas historian, author and community activist Hal Rothman may be dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease, but he’s determined to go on his own terms – with courage, grace and a sense of humor.

  • The West’s public lands are open for business

    A close look at the data shows that, despite some restrictions, oil and gas drilling is on the rise in the West.

  • Energy illusions

    A BLM report issued in late 2006 appears to show that less land is available for energy exploration now than in 2003, but a closer look shows that appearances are deceiving.

  • Red Feather builds homes and communities

    The nonprofit Red Feather Development Group recruits volunteers like Zan Wannemuehler to help build straw-bale homes on Indian reservations.

  • Condemned

    In Idaho and Wyoming, old eminent domain laws allow private entities to condemn landowners’ property – as Peter and Judy Riede discovered when J.R. Simplot Co. announced plans to expand its phosphate mine and build a road across their ranch.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Cross-country skiers and snowmobilers clash over access to Logan Canyon, Utah; Mount Jefferson, Mont.; and (of course) Yellowstone; Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth steps down to be replaced by Gail Kimbell; West becomes player in national politics; bor

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