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  • 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

  • Confessions of a Methane Floozy

    An environmentalist who owns royalty interest in New Mexico oil and gas wells heads down to the San Juan Basin to talk to rancher Tweeti Blancett, driller Tom Dugan and others about the moral complexities inherent in Americans’ energy use

  • Heard around the West

    True-blue Montana libertarian Stan Jones; neighbors helping neighbors steal cars in Arizona; "vanishing culture" vampires; only one flag allowed in Pahrump, Nev.; tampering with food in New Mexico; and the Forest Service is bipolar

  • Dina's Place

    An 8-year-old named Dina leads the author down to her own "special place" by the Big Sioux River on the Indian reservation that is home to the troubled child

  • The art of an alien landscape

    In Westernness: A Meditation, poet and scholar Alan Williamson examines what it means to live in the West through the eyes of the region’s writers and artists

  • Dancing to Biederbecke in Montana

    In The Willow Field, his first novel, memoirist William Kittredge serves up an old-fashioned potboiler

  • Travels in a sublime wasteland

    In Sunshot: Peril and Wonder in the Grand Desierto, writer Bill Broyles and photographer Michael Berman explore the gritty desert on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands

  • They should shoot horses, shouldn't they?

    Wild horses are not native to the West, and they do not deserve our protection

  • A director from central casting

    Mary Bomar, the brand-new director of the National Park Service, worked her up through the agency’s bureaucracy

  • Have knives and hooks, will travel

    Taos County’s new Mobile Matanza is a rolling livestock butchering unit that travels to the region’s far-flung family ranchers

  • Environmental change

    Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., does an about-face and moves to protect New Mexico’s Valle Vidal from oil and gas drilling

  • River Redux

    Six decades after Friant Dam killed off the San Joaquin River’s spring-run chinook, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Friant Water Users Authority are working with the federal government to restore both the fish and the river

  • Two weeks in the West

    Colorado Lynx are in trouble; oil and gas bounty hunter is rebuked; Energy Department tests new larger containers for radioactive waste; saving money and salmon; Measure 37 cold war continues; public library use in the West; and snowmobile data

  • Whistling in the park

    Whistleblowing is not as romantic as Woodward’s "Deep Throat" makes it sound, but the retired public servants who make up the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees are doing valuable work, blowing the whistle for the sake of the national parks

  • Old but Faithful

    Former Park Service supervisors Bill Wade and Rob Arnberger formed the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees to defend the national parks from what they see as the Bush administration’s ill-conceived changes

  • Soused in the saddle

    Colorado man cited for riding under the influence.

  • Los Alamos races against time

    In the wake of the Cerro Grande fire, Los Alamos faces a new problem: how to prevent summer rainstorms from flooding the fire-denuded canyons and washing the laboratory's hazardous wastes into the Rio Grande.

  • Firms milk park's "wildlife'

    Firms milk park's "wildlife'

    National Park managers deliberate over whether or not they should charge biotechnical firms for extracting microbes from Yellowstone.

  • Salmon advocates say: The quiet slaughter continues

    The issue of whether or not barging salmon around dams is effective is taken to court.

  • Fore! in Santa Fe

    A proposed golf course in Santa Fe is another milestone in the area's cultural transformation.

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