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  • Who you calling terrorist?

    Just because you disagree with someone about energy drilling or off-road vehicles doesn’t mean your opponent is a communist pinko – or an eco-terrorist.

  • Natural diversity

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

  • For 60 years, J. David Love explored the West's geology

    For 60 years, J. David Love explored the West's geology

  • Being a local doesn't make you any better

    Robert Struckman confesses he's a knee jerk local who's trying to get over it

  • From Washington, D.C., comes a new spoils system

    Through its push for privatization, the Bush administration is quietly engineering a corporate takeover of the federal government – one that will have harsh consequences for land management, national parks, scientific integrity and workforce diversity

  • What Dick Cheney might have learned in Rock Springs, Wyoming

    Dick Cheney once lived in the boom-and-bust community of Rock Springs, Wyo., but didn’t learn there the lessons that he might have learned to help him deal with unintended consequences in a war against Iraq.

  • Wherever you go, sprawl isn't far behind

    A lifetime spent in California demonstrates how our flight from sprawl and development leads to more sprawl and development wherever we go

  • Freedom of the press is eroding before our eyes

    Independent, family-owned newspapers are disappearing down the gullets of huge corporations, and American democracy is directly threatened by the loss of a diversity of voices.

  • The message of 30,000 dead salmon

    The 30,000 salmon that died in the Klamath River recently died because the Bush administration decided that fish do not need water after all.

  • What's in a name? Just ask Dwayne or Trucklene

    An encounter in a bar with a guy named Dwayne causes a writer named Mary Lou to ponder the hidden meanings lurking behind first names in the West.

  • Idaho seeks a reputation - and a reality - free of hate

    As Boise celebrates the opening of its Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, the late Bill Wassmuth is remembered as the activist who helped lead the charge against Idaho's neo-Nazi extremists.

  • A modest forest proposal for President Bush

    Pres. Bush can talk about "common sense" forest management all he wants, but until he --- and the rest of us - use common sense in our forests, wildfires and other problems will keep happening.

  • A NIMBY and proud of it

    The term "NIMBY" is used as a term of abuse, but the writer says that when it comes to things like coalbed methane drilling on Colorado's Western Slope, he is eager and proud to declare: NOT IN MY BACKYARD.

  • Hot town, summer in the city

    Living with drought in cities such as Denver, Colo., has its challenges.

  • Don't proclaim the West is dead until you've met a Mexican motorcyclist with a wooden leg

    The best way to meet the true West is to explore its small towns and especially its smoky bars, and listen to the stories of the folks who gather there.

  • Montana's governor is a poor choice to lead the West

    The Western Governors Association made a serious mistake when it selected as its leader Montana Gov. Judy Martz, R, the least qualified member in terms of experience, personality and results.

  • Life amid fire - the mundane and the macabre

    A Durango, Colo., resident writes about how life goes on as the Missionary Ridge Fire continues to blaze just outside his town.

  • Restoring the West, goat by goat

    Lani Lamming of Wyoming leases goats to conscientious landowners who have discovered the benefits of organic weed control.

  • The name might be green, but not the group

    The writer warns readers to be wary of organizations' names, which can be deceiving as to their missions.

  • Ranching the changing times

    Bad economic times lead the writer to turn his ranching career into a "sell-out" occupation: the ranch-recreation business.

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