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  • Restoration evolution

    In his new book, The Sunflower Forest: Ecological Restoration and the New Communion with Nature, William R. Jordan III lays out a powerful vision for a new environmental ethic

  • Bill would redraw the boundaries of national monument

    Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg, R, wants to yank private lands out of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, but some local ranchers fear his bill will just make it harder for them to sell their property.

  • The case for filet of filly

    Americans may be sentimental about their horses, but slaughtering unwanted animals with poison is more cruel and a lot less sensible than using them for horsemeat.

  • Tripping over T-Rex

    Paleontologist Bob Harmon loves nothing better than digging for old bones under the hot Montana sun

  • Educating the economy

    Western communities such as Lander, Wyo., are suddenly working hard to lure new colleges to town

  • Market cooling

    California and the West decide to tackle global warming through the market – by buying and selling carbon

  • Two weeks in the West

    Western real estate slump hits suburbs, but developers keep on developing; Marijuana McMansions; copper booming; Logan, Utah, rejects dirty power; Tri-State puts off two coal power plants; animals killed by Wildlife Services

  • Offline

    President Bush’s No Child Left Behind policy is generally a good thing, but it needs to take into account the growing number of often-inadequate and under-supervised online schools

  • Rural Education 2.0

    Rural Education 2.0

    Tiny Vilas, Colo., thought it was a great idea to open an online school and enroll at-risk students from far-away Denver – but neither the students nor the school district ended up scoring well at report card time

  • Heard Around the West

    Squirrels vs. Santa Monica; Baby goes to rehab; crows and carriers; Maricopa County is booming big-time; Julie MacDonald vs. the Interior Department; boat horns vs. coyotes in Oxnard.

  • Imagine

    A teacher asks his students and the rest of us to imagine: What would the world be like if we had the courage to use our imaginations?

  • The hidden costs of our coal habit

    In Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future, Jeff Goodell reveals how the sausage is made when it comes to the primary source of America’s electricity.

  • You ain’t from around here, are you?

    In Brave New West: Morphing Moab at the Speed of Greed, Jim Stiles rips into the amenity-oriented tourist economy that has transformed his once-beloved Moab, but he offers little in the way of useful alternatives.

  • Wealthy landowners and locals wade into the ditch

    Jack Wright thinks Montanans are over-reacting to stream-access issues; after all, from the point of view of a fish, it’s a good thing when a rich man restores a stream, even if he locks out trespassers.

  • Montana puts limits on national Trout Unlimited

    When national Trout Unlimited tried to get its Montana branch to stay out of state stream-access issues, the Montanans rebelled dramatically, much to Pat Munday’s delight.

  • Bay bags his way to the top

    Brian Bay of Sandy, Utah, is the world champion of grocery-store baggers, following his triumph at the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Competition.

  • An endangered Endangered Species Act?

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tries an end-run around the Endangered Species Act; a leaked draft would weaken the bedrock law by changing the regulations that implement it rather than the law itself.

  • The sacred and the toxic

    Just over the Arizona-Sonora border, Tohono O’odham traditionalists have joined environmental groups in fighting a proposed Mexican hazardous waste landfill.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Death (and life) in the Sonoran Desert; fire and drought in the Southwest; courts rule against Bush on environmental issues.

  • Dry to the bone

    Despite a relatively snowy winter here in western Colorado, the season itself seems to have shrunk, with spring arriving weeks earlier than it once did in a trend with ominous consequences for the desert Southwest, particularly Phoenix.

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