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  • The County Attorney

    Catron County Attorney Jim Catron, in his own words, on the "rural Western resistance to the federal empire."

  • Heard around the West

    Strange bedfellows in the West: Wal-Mart and Main Street, sheep and range restoration, javelinas in Washington state, cartoonist John Callahan runs for Oregon state Legislature, Cheetos in space, cowboys and California.

  • Tough love proves too tough

    Controversial "wilderness therapy programs" such as Utah's North Star, intended for troubled kids, come under critical scrutiny - and lawsuits - after several teenagers die while in their care.

  • The big dogs: Outward Bound and NOLS hit their thirties

    The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Outward Bound are the biggest outdoor education schools in the West.

  • Acting for the environment

    A Northwest conservation and outdoor recreation group, The Mountaineers, educates children by sending actors such as Loren Foss into schools, who teach by assuming character roles such as "Old John."

  • An unsung army of students maintains our national parks

    The Student Conservation Association has been sending thousands of young volunteers to help maintain national parks since 1957.

  • The best guide knows how to let go

    River guide, author and activist Roderick Nash describes a method of outdoor education he calls "unguiding" - letting the river teach its own lessons.

  • New life springs from tainted soil at a Denver school

    A program called Volunteer-led Investigations of Neighborhood Ecology (VINE) introduces urban children to nature, as demonstrated by Denver's Garden Place Academy.

  • Getting outside all around the West

    A state-by-state directory describes some of the many outdoor education programs in the West.

  • Salmon find a friend

    Republican Gov. Tony Knowles of Alaska joins an environmental lawsuit fighting Columbia and Snake River dams in the Northwest to save endangered salmon.

  • Operation bullsling

    To improve trampled vegetation and watershed in California's Ishi Wilderness, Forest Service officials remove 13 tranquilized bulls by helicopter.

  • Salvage logging rider barrels into a shy seabird's world

    Under the salvage logging rider, thousands of acres of habitat of the endangered marbled murrelet may be cut in coastal Washington and Oregon.

  • Lawmakers say Colorado prisons are king

    The Colorado Legislature passes a bill allowing the state Corrections Department to ignore local zoning when it wants to build or expand prisons.

  • A small fish takes a big hit

    An irrigation district's water diversion from the Rio Grande in New Mexico wipes out an estimated 70 percent of the endangered silvery minnow population.

  • Planning regulations bite a planning proponent

    Former U.S. Senator Dan Evans, who once supported Washington state's Growth Management Act, now seeks to change the law after finding it will prevent him from building a house where he wants.

  • Sagebrush rebels in the apple orchards

    Two Chelan County commissioners defy Washington state's Growth Management Act, claiming freedom from state and federal controls.

  • GOP moves to rein in its rebels

    A GOP memo to this year's Republican candidates urges them to start looking green.

  • Silence could be shattered by military jets

    The Colorado Air National Guard's plan to increase training flights over the Sangre de Cristo and Wet Mountains and the San Luis Valley upsets locals, including contemplative monks in Crestone.

  • Military in a dogfight for crowded skies

    The Colorado Air National Guard's plan to increase fighter-jet training over southeastern Colorado raises opposition from environmentalists, ranchers and residents - and from Colorado Springs' booming airport.

  • Dear Friends

    Special issue, board meeting in Grand Junction, drop-ins, odds and ends.

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