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  • Democrats kick back

    An introduction to the special election issue says that voting should be less predictable in the West this year.

  • A crossed heritage in the modern West

    How did the Republican Party cease being the party of conservation, and why do Westerners continue to give it their support?

  • State's big nuke waste fight takes a hit

    A federal judge has struck down a series of Utah laws meant to block a planned high-level nuclear waste storage facility on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation.

  • Utahns could kill radioactive dump

    In Utah, an initiative that would triple the cost of disposal at Envirocare's radioactive waste dump in Tooele County and it from taking hotter wastes is being fiercely fought by the company.

  • New Mexico Greens lose steam

    The recent decline in support for the New Mexico Green Party seems to have no effect on the hopes of its candidates or the anxiety of the state's Democratic party, which sees the Greens as spoilers.

  • Shifting sands in Navajoland

    On the drought-stricken Navajo Nation, scientist Margaret Hiza Redsteer studies the movement of sand dunes.

  • Heard Around the West

    Utah Republican Chris Buttars just doesn’t know how to talk to “those people”; stupid poachers in pickup trucks; earliest recording of “Howl” discovered; more guns in schools – and national parks; and great rental deal in Logan, Utah.

  • From the backcountry to the building zoo

    Robin Pam and Erin Beller remember an adventurous summer spent documenting the historic structures of Yosemite National Park.

  • Remembering our wildness

    In The Animal Dialogues, Colorado author Craig Childs writes of chance encounters with wild animals.

  • Finding beauty in devastation

    In his richly illustrated book Boy Wonder & the Big Burns, Montana photographer Chris Peterson finds beauty in the aftermath of fire – and in his relationship with his autistic son.

  • Falling off the heat ladder

    In the Rocky Mountains, a cold and snowy winter reminds Westerners that the best way to stay warm is by conserving energy.

  • Stay in the Hunt

    Jim Posewitz believes hunters can help save the planet with their clear-sighted, on-the-ground conservation ethic.

  • Bush brings more green into the green movement

    The Bush administration has been good for environmental groups, at least when it comes to money and membership numbers.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Nasty chemicals in the Western air; drilling dust; EPA gets tougher on mercury; wildlife agency reconsiders habitat for Canada lynx and protection for sage grouse and white-tailed prairie dogs; and Grand Canyon gets a man-made flood.

  • The elephant that was left out of the room …

    Indian tribes were left out of the negotiations that divvied up the Colorado River in 1922, but it’s no longer possible to ignore them – particularly in the case of the Navajo Nation.

  • I was a closet environmentalist

    Roger Muggli might be the busiest man in eastern Montana, what with his family farm, his feed-pellet plant, his dedicated work on water issues and his quiet, steadfast environmentalism.

  • Havana goes West

    Conservative Western politicians such as Idaho Gov. Butch Otter are working to end the United States’ trade and travel embargo against Cuba.

  • CSI: Critter Crime

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s forensic lab in Ashland, Ore., tackles wildlife crime from around the world.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Quagga mussels hit the jackpot in Nevada; Lakes Mead and Powell are in trouble; lots and lots and lots of snow – and a few ambitious ski resorts; and Colorado is building a vegetated overpass for wildlife on I-70.

  • Don’t write off this story yet

    The Salton Sea might appear to be dying, but like many another story in the West, it isn’t over with yet.

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