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  • Eminent domain’s poster children

    Ranchers in southeastern Colorado are fighting the Army, which wants to expand its Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site.

  • Seeds of change

    Land managers working on post-fire restoration in Utah have to battle invasive cheatgrass in their efforts to bring back the native sagebrush.

  • Two weeks in the West

    California’s continuing water troubles; saving water for the Delta smelt; New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici to retire; Idaho grizzly shot; polygamous community in the spotlight; Vegas goes a glitzy shade of green.

  • Portrait of the artist – as many young men

    In Flight, Indian novelist Sherman Alexie paints a brilliant, disturbing, compassionate portrait of a gun-toting, time-traveling teenager.

  • What’s it like to live in the West?

    Brian Doyle answers the question “What’s it like to live in the West?” with exuberant poetry.

  • Spinner of yarns, maker of floats

    Black George Simmons – an 84-year-old park volunteer with a flair for colorful stories – dishes out root beer floats to anyone who visits his tiny log cabin in Grand Teton National Park.

  • My, what a small family tree you have

    In the Northern Rockies, gray wolves may be in danger of inbreeding.

  • A downside to downing dams?

    Removing dams is more a complex experiment than a panacea, as Arizona’s Fossil Creek shows.

  • Underground movement

    In northern Colorado, ranchette owners are scrambling to fight a proposal for uranium mining.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Wilderness bills are coming back to life, especially one that would protect Arizona’s Tumacacori Highlands; a lot of things besides windmills are killing birds.

  • Loosening the grazing knot

    A showdown in Idaho pits bighorn sheep lovers against longtime sheep ranchers, but if people are willing to work together, this grazing knot can be untied.

  • Sheep v. Sheep

    Bighorn sheep and longtime sheep ranchers face off in Hells Canyon, where a legal battle over public-lands grazing could cause ripples across the West.

  • Heard Around the West

    Disguising cellphone towers as palm trees; winery etiquette; driving drunk and outspoken in New Mexico; Idiots with guns; fat fish; stupid attorney tricks

  • Sculpting a reason to love the wind

    Gary Bates creates mammoth metal sculptures out of discarded junk and sets them outside to turn and spin in the wind

  • Living precariously with wolves and cattle

    Bryce Andrews decides he must kill a wolf to maintain a tenuous balance in Montana

  • The Weed-wackers

    Botanist Sue Rutman has had surprising success just yanking up buffelgrass, but herbicides remain the first line of defense

  • Old West meets Old World in Big Horn

    In Big Horn, Wyo., in the shadow of the Big Horn Mountains, Westerners have been playing polo for more than a century

  • Testing the waters

    New technologies may soon be able to tap the power in Western waves and tides to generate electricity, but critics are already worried about the impacts

  • Scientists and the city

    Scientists working in the relatively new field of urban ecology study cities like Phoenix, seeking to gain knowledge that will help all cities as the West gets warmer

  • The Sultans of Spuds

    Western farmers band together to form the “OPEC of Potatoes” – a farmers’ cooperative called the United Potato Growers of America

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