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  • Wherever you go, sprawl isn't far behind

    A lifetime spent in California demonstrates how our flight from sprawl and development leads to more sprawl and development wherever we go

  • Across the Columbia, a game of catch-up

    Vancouver, Wash., has a rapidly growing population, many of them people who can't afford to live where they work, across the river in Portland, Ore.

  • New Urbanism creates living communities

    Orenco Station, a new development in a suburb of Portland, uses principles of the New Urbanism movement to create a vibrant, livable community

  • Ed Marston to the West: Grow up!

    A profile of Ed Marston, the outgoing publisher of High Country News, describes his path from East Coast physics professor to a small-town Colorado environmentalist publisher unusually sympathetic to ranchers

  • Colorado community battles a toxic shipment

    Residents of the Canon City, Colo., suburb of Lincoln Park are fighting the proposed delivery of radioactive soil from a New Jersey Superfund site to the Cotter Corp. uranium mill

  • New ski resort goes big

    The luxurious WestRock Resort is now under construction, 90 miles north of Boise, despite continued opposition from environmentalist and citizens' groups

  • Did the BLM Spike New Mexico's ditches?

    Herbicide spread by BLM land managers on range near Malaga, N.M., has washed into the Black River, contaminating a diversion ditch and killing nearby farmers' crops and trees

  • Clinton-era monuments weather court challenge

    A federal court rules that Pres. Clinton did, in fact, have the authority to create six national monuments in four Western states

  • Report slams BLM's land-exchange process

    A new report criticizes the BLM's handing of land swaps, saying the process is "politicized" and results in the loss of federal money and natural resources

  • Silver state gets a little wilder

    A new bill designates 450,000 acres of wilderness in Nevada, but makes it easier for Las Vegas to grow by withdrawing other land from wilderness consideration

  • Feds bail on snowmobile ban

    The National Park Service gives up on trying to ban snowmobiles from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks

  • Election Bounce

    Most green initiatives fail in West; a few bright spots; "Indian vote" helped Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., but not George Cordova in Arizona; Sen. Wayle Allard, R, re-elected in Colorado; Dems gain 11 seats in Idaho; Northwest keeps to status quo

  • Conservation vote groups optimistic

    Ed Zuckerman of the Federation of State Voter Conservation Leagues says environmentalists should not despair over the recent elections, because grassroots conservation groups did very well at the local level

  • Planning's poster child grows up

    Oregon was a pioneer in the 1970s, when the state enacted far-reaching, innovative land-use planning regulations, but now even some planning supporters say the regulations are due for some revision

  • It's more than a house, it's a fantasy life

    The sales pitch for the Silver Bow Club, a gated ranch community proposed for Montana's Big Hole River, weighs 12 pounds and encourages vivid lifestyle fantasies.

  • Fenced out of Bush's gated empire

    An anti-war demonstration in Flagstaff, Ariz., leads the writer to consider that our leaders are becoming more and more removed from the people, living and governing in isolation behind high and fortified walls.

  • Wind power in the West gains speed

    Colorado writer Alex Merkels talks about the revolution in wind power now sweeping over the West.

  • Freedom of the press is eroding before our eyes

    Independent, family-owned newspapers are disappearing down the gullets of huge corporations, and American democracy is directly threatened by the loss of a diversity of voices.

  • Gated communities go in with a bang

    Exclusive gated communities such as Montana's Yellowstone Club impact the land as well as the social fabric.

  • Golden State gets a green power surge

    Under a new law, California's three investor-owned utilities must buy 20 percent of their power from alternative energy sources such as wind and solar.

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