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  • Lost in the Land of the Ugly Stepsister

    Great Falls, Mont., suffers from the Ugly Stepsister Syndrome, a cognitive disorder that makes it willing to trade a Lewis and Clark historic landmark for a dirty coal-fired power plant

  • The great American road trip

    In At Speed: Traveling the Long Road Between Two Points, W. Scott Olsen celebrates the world as seen through a windshield

  • Big dams, big deal

    Big Dams of the New Deal Era: A Confluence of Engineering and Politics is as deep and erudite a tome as it sounds, and yet also a surprisingly good read

  • Worth the work

    Jeremias Pink fixes up bikes and gives them away because he loves his town, Pocatello, Idaho

  • The red, white and blue of ‘red or green?’

    New Mexico’s traditional chile industry faces hot competition from global producers

  • Watershed moment

    The residents of McCloud, Calif., a struggling former timber town, are fighting over whether corporate giant Nestle should be allowed to build a bottling plant that makes use of the local spring water

  • Two weeks in the West

    On the messy bureaucratic soap opera As Interior Turns, the cast keeps changing, and getting indicted; Good Samaritans need to able to clean up old mines without getting burned; foreign countries drive Western mining boom; and data about mining

  • Dear friends

    HCN skips an issue; HCN’s first-ever Paonia intern reunion; goat-packing and high-flying visitors

  • The resurgence of hook-and-bullet conservation

    Hunters have done a huge amount over the years to preserve wildlife and habitat, but the powerful group Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, with its obsessive focus on killing predators, seems to be taking a step backward

  • Predator hunters for the environment

    The group Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife has helped to protect a lot of Western land and wildlife – while doing its best to kill off as many predators as possible

  • Piscatorial theology

    For Irle White’s father, fly-fishing was the one true religion

  • Western open space: Land of intrinsic worth

    In the anthology Home Land: Ranching and a West That Works, a wide variety of authors argue that ranching is much more than an outmoded “lifestyle.”

  • Impressions of Pueblo prehistory

    Craig Childs’ new book House of Rain is less an in-depth look at Southwestern archaeology than one person’s attempt to appreciate a part of the world

  • Epiphanies on the range

    As teacher Phil Brick travels the West with 21 of his students, he encourages them to ask difficult questions about environmental issues

  • John Nichols and his 19th miracle

    Writer John Nichols is still fighting the good fight in Taos, N.M.

  • Tribal victory

    In Washington state, the Yakama Tribe purchases its traditional fishing grounds at Lyle Point on the Columbia River

  • UnGuarded

    The National Guard is suffering at home as equipment – and troops – go off to Iraq

  • Native hum

    As honeybees vanish, Western farmers turn to the region’s native pollinators

  • Two weeks in the West

    Western states get serious about global warming; Colorado stands up to energy industry; environmental “terrorists” sentenced; “Kids in the Woods”; McMansions & mobile homes; eco-chic ain’t cheap

  • Dear friends

    New HCN employees Shaun Gibson, Andrea Lecos and Angie Riley; a bee-youtiful verse; corrections

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