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  • Wet words

    Brian Doyle recommends the best reads about the Pacific Northwest, with particular emphasis on his home state, Oregon.

  • In Large and Sunlit Land

    Peter Chilson ponders the parallel fates of two lovely and ravaged lands: The Southwest desert in America and the West Coast of Africa.

  • Another near-death experience for environmentalism

    Environmental contrarians Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger jump back into the fray with a new book, Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility.

  • Looking forward, looking back

    William Kittredge brings together new and selected essays about life in the West in The Next Rodeo.

  • Mystery in Montana

    Deirdre McNamer’s new novel, Red Rover, beautifully captures the unromantic realism of Montana’s small towns.

  • Borders and saints

    Latino writer Luis Alberto Urrea talks about the border and remembers the women in his family who inspired him.

  • No frigate like a book

    This special issue focuses on books and essays that help us understand the complex, chaotic West.

  • RV Nation

    On a Western road trip, Evelyn Spence ponders the peculiar names – and increasing numbers – of gigantic RVs.

  • Nothing out there can be a very good thing

    Julianne Couch surveys the vastness of Wyoming’s Adobe Town badlands and hopes that oil and gas drilling does not invade its beautiful emptiness.

  • Fire managers play a subtle new game

    Forest Service fire manager Brent Skaggs worries that the Framework's new burning restrictions won't allow the amount of controlled burning he believes necessary to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

  • Road Block

    When residents of the village of Tome, N.M., challenged plans for a nearby four-lane highway and bridge to facilitate the commute from Albuquerque to the suburbs, they took on New Mexico's huge "sprawl machine" - and won.

  • Where the Antelope (and the Oil Companies) Play

    In Wyoming’s Upper Green River Basin, a natural gas boom is threatening pronghorn antelope and other wildlife, and some Pinedale-area residents are beginning to fight back

  • 'Let's get it resolved'

    Environmentalist-turned-zoning-consultant Ron Asta describes his journey through Tucson's land-use politics.

  • Selling sizzle and steak

    Planner David Taylor says the issue of sprawl is complex and has deep roots.

  • The roll call of sprawl

    Statistics show the frightening pace of growth in the Tucson area.

  • 'People have a voice'

    Environmental activist Gayle Hartmann talks about the long struggle to keep development under control.

  • 'The party is over'

    Tucscon residents Doug and Christina McVie describe the developers' assault on desert.

  • 'It was God's country'

    Resident Dee Dee Arnaud remembers the Tucson of her childhood and mourns the changes she has found on her return.

  • Environmentalists are "doing nothing'

    Real estate broker Bill Arnold says environmentalists are not helping Tucson.

  • Wild Wyoming under siege

    Environmentalists and sportsmen gather in Rock Springs, Wyo., to discuss the problems caused by increasing oil and gas development.

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