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  • Heard Around the West

    Reckless unicorns; dogs and kids will stay in those truck beds; calling Jesus in Idaho; Stardust reduced to dust; can’t afford to live in Seattle; moose takes on helicopter in Alaska.

  • The single women who homesteaded the West

    The women who homesteaded the Old West defy the stereotypes we make of them.

  • Lewis’ Web

    Wyoming microbiologist Randy Lewis is fascinated by spiders – particularly by the remarkable silk they produce.

  • Harvesting the sky

    Thirsty Santa Fe, N.M., considers an innovative law requiring all new buildings to install rainwater-harvesting systems.

  • Two weeks in the West

    No yellow snow for Snowbowl; gonorrhea and meth: a match made in hell; split-estate bills in New Mexico and Colorado; Montana’s green energy bills languish; “Rocky Mountain High” second Colorado state song, bolo tie is official New Mexico neckwear.

  • It tolls for us

    The energy boom in the Rocky Mountain West has been shadowed by a much darker boom: a frightening rise in death and serious injury

  • Disposable workers of the oil and gas fields

    Without a college degree, work on the oil and gas fields is the best job you can get in the rural West – unless, of course, it kills you

  • Heard around the West

    Something’s fishy in California; dolphins do Rambo; big bad wolf wasn’t wild; conspicuous consumption in Boulder; déjà vu all over again in Interior Department; ski bum is dead, long live ski bums; not everything stays in Vegas.

  • The romance of deceleration

    The noisy contrast between snowmobiles and cross-country skis awakens the author to the similar contrast between the life she has always wanted and the one she currently has with her partner, Billy.

  • Taking the conservation movement to task

    Law professor Eric Freyfogle castigates the environmental movement and offers straightforward advice in Why Conservation is Failing and How It Can Regain Ground.

  • Mortal fear and a state of wild grace

    In The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic, Lucy Jane Bledsoe chases her own wild fears across the landscape in search of a state of grace.

  • Busy as a Buchmann

    Ecologist Stephan Buchmann is crazy about bees, and his Tucson-based one-man nonprofit, The Bee Works, is simply buzzing with activity.

  • Rail out of town

    Gov. Schwarzenegger says “Hasta la vista” to a long-planned California high-speed rail line – at least for the moment.

  • Driven to fight

    Retired BLM agent Lynell Schalk goes head-to-head with her former bosses over protecting southern Utah’s priceless archaeological sites from off-road vehicle traffic.

  • The mouse that roared "Preble"

    The Preble's meadow jumping mouse, which thrives in the same habitat as houses and developments, could bring growth on Colorado's Front Range to a halt if it is listed as endangered.

  • All the king's horses and all the king'smen...

    The reclamation of Montana's hardrock mines will cost billions, and is complicated by the fact that no one really knows how to do it, or who should foot the bill.

  • Some lessons about coyotes stick in your mind

    The government agencies that use M-44s to kill coyotes claim that the cyanide causes a quick and painless death, but a rancher’s experience indicates that the truth is tragically different.

  • Our public lands should reflect white, black and brown

    Wayne Hare, a black park ranger, talks about the importance of diversity for the future of the West.

  • Our coyote war in the West reminds me of the war in Iraq

    The writer compares a new proposal to allow aerial gunning of coyotes in wilderness to the war in Iraq

  • Public lands “crown jewels” languish for lack of funding

    The BLM's National Landscape Conservation System will lose ground under President Bush’s proposed 2008 budget, which slashes funds by $8.56 million.

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