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  • Idaho's permissiveness leads to elk on the lam

    The escape of 100 domestic elk from self-styled mountain man Rex Rammell’s Idaho game farm shows up the foolishness of the state’s permissive attitude toward the industry

  • Biomass: What to do with all that wood

    Mark Sardella’s nonprofit group Local Energy is determined to heat local communities with biomass energy, created by burning logging slash and millwaste from New Mexican forests

  • In search of greener pastures

    Laina Corazon Coit and her brother, Rick Chase, want to create Colorado’s first natural burial ground and wildlife refuge on the eastern prairie

  • Pueblo water battle nears its end

    If New Mexico’s 40-year-old Aamodt case is settled, it will end centuries of wrangling over water use, but not everybody is happy with how it’s ending

  • Can the West become the new South?

    Boosters of a Western primary hope it could give the Interior West a greater voice in the politics of Washington, D.C.

  • Two weeks in the West

    EPA tightens standards on soot exposure; New Mexico land commissioner candidates clash; enviros can buy grazing permits in Utah; trailers are trashed to make room for luxury homes; SunEdison will build largest solar plant in the U.S. in Colorado’s San Lui

  • Life in the transition zone

    Longtime community activist and HCN board member Luis Torres is delighted to see environmentalists and loggers working together in the forests of his native northern New Mexico

  • Peace Breaks Out In New Mexico's Forests

    In northern New Mexico, the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program brings Hispanic loggers and Anglo environmentalists together to work on creating healthy, sustainable forests and rural economies

  • Heard around the West

    Guardsmen gone wild in Texas; humorous headlines; who wouldn’t love a giant fragrant pink earthworm; fixer-upper furnished with snakes; hit-and-run ATVs in Colorado; and extreme commuters in Portland

  • What we love will save us

    We are all, too much of the time, captives of the wreck and the mistake. Can’t take our eyes off it, can’t stop thinking about it, can’t stop picking that scab. We slide into our merely negative identity — defined by what we refuse...

  • A deliberate life in the Rockies

    On the Wild Edge is David Peterson’s account of the two decades he and his wife, Caroline, have spent living close to nature in a cabin in the mountains of southern Colorado

  • Dry-hiking in a desert awash with history

    A 61-year-old hiker and two middle-aged friends take an epic hike through Arizona in David Roberts’ new book, Sandstone Spine

  • Brave 'yellowbellies' served the West well

    In Smoke Jumping on the Western Fire Line, Mark Matthews tells the story of the conscientious objectors who pioneered smokejumping to fight Western forest fires during World War II

  • When a gas pipeline blows, you get out fast

    When the Windsor gas pipeline blew out near Clark, Wyo., in August, local people were kept in the dark about a dangerous situation

  • In politics, it's not about who you want to drink a beer with

    The so-called "character issue" in politics – often defined as voting for the person you’d most like to have a beer with – is absurd for many reasons...

  • How to save a creek... one drop at a time

    A detailed map shows the work being done on Oregon’s Whychus Creek to restore instream flows with the cooperation of local farmers

  • Getting out of the office, and into hot water

    California geology professor Jeff Mount uses river trips as an educational tool

  • Wastin' away in New Mexico

    Louisiana Energy Services, a European-based company, breaks ground on the first uranium enrichment facility in the U.S. near Eunice, N.M.

  • Voters could be energized, or exhausted, by ballot initiatives

    In 10 Western states this November, voters face a total of 82 ballot measures

  • On the ballot: Will Californians vote to build an off-ramp from the oil highway?

    California’s Proposition 87 would tax oil produced in the state to raise money for the development of alternative fuels

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