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    Life for interns after HCN; tell us what you think in our annual survey.

  • Fatalities in the energy fields: 2000-2006

    At least 89 people died in the energy fields of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming during the last six years

  • Will Dombeck sock it to rebellious supervisors?

    Now retired Forest Supervisor Tom Kovalicky, who tried to restrain the logging on his Nez Perce National Forest, says Mike Dombeck has to break the logging cycle in the agency.

  • Private rights vs. public lands: Thousands of inholdingscreate conflicts inside federal lands

    A ranching family's desire to develop a road to an inholding in Arizona's Arrastra Mounain Wilderness is a microcosm of the huge and unwieldy problem of inholdings on public lands throughout the West.

  • A radical approach to mine reclamation

    The Sunnyside Mine near Silverton, Colo., is an unusual example of a community working together with miners and environmentalists to find a strategy to heal the damage.

  • Turning the Old West into the New West

    The old mining town of Anaconda, Mont., has turned a mine dump into a designer golf course.

  • If a town is more dead than alive, it's the Old West

    Musing on the gravestones in Anaconda, Mont., a writer theorizes that one can tell whether a town is Old West or New West by the ratio of the buried to the currently alive inhabitants.

  • Gardening old-style with my great-uncle Alfred in Seattle

    The other day my great-uncle Alfred gave me a handful of the year's green beans, dried and ready for planting next summer. "Give them something high up to grow on," he told me. "They'll grow 7 feet tall."

  • Walking in Portland can be dangerous to your health

    Last week another vehicle almost nailed me flat as a coffin. I was alone in a crosswalk in the center of Oregon's most worldly city, Portland. I had been walking uphill and had made it six blocks west of the Willamette River.

  • Can I lose 20 pounds before my 50th high school reunion?

    Jeannie Pomeroy faces the prospect of an upcoming high school reunion with the wry awareness that neither she nor her classmates are the people they were 50 years ago.

  • Here’s a new way to think about Black History

    As an African-American, Wayne Hare appreciates Black History Month, but looks forward to a time when the U.S. can celebrate its identity as a nation of non-hyphenated Americans.

  • It’s the West’s turn to call the shots

    The writer sees political leadership emerging from the West, a region disdained by the Eastern establishment.

  • The ugly economy of killing wildlife

    Lisa Upson and Wendy Keefover-Ring believe that Wildlife Services’ predator control program is ugly, ineffective, inhumane and indiscriminate.

  • The decline of logging is now killing

    Now that logging no longer provides enough money to support Oregon’s libraries, Pepper Trail says it’s up to citizens to decide to keep their state’s bookshelves filled and accessible.

  • Blowing the whistle on Yucca Mountain in Nevada

    The writer tells why he quit a scientific panel that studied Yucca Mountain's suitability for storing nuclear waste

  • The next wars may be fought over water

    Tim Holt warns that European companies are moving to privatize our water supplies

  • An ancient place to wonder about our survival

    Andy Gulliford delights in the vast Canyon of the Ancients National Monument-- a living museum subject to increased gas drilling.

  • Taos' return to the acequias

    38 years of meetings and a price-tag of $120 million formalize old agreements

  • Battered borderlands

    As the number of illegal immigrants crossing the Sonoran Desert into Arizona rises, the Border Patrol is faced with the need to protect a fragile environment at the same time that it polices the border.

  • The GOAT Blog

    Green energy isn't always popular

    Solar and geothermal proposals attract opposition

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