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  • Casinos coming to Navajo Nation

    After long resistance to gambling, the Navajo Nation has decided to allow casinos on the reservation

  • No clear victory for property-rights activists

    Oregon’s Measure 37 has been upheld by the state Supreme Court, but even developers and some property-rights activists say the issue remains unsettled

  • Norton Departs

    Interior Secretary Gale Norton’s decision to resign prompts a look at Interior’s conservative counterrevolution during her tenure, along with its unintended consequences

  • Salvaging the atmosphere

    The Forest Service jumps into the carbon offsets game even as scientists begin to question whether planting trees can help in the struggle against global warming.

  • 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

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