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  • Don't top that tree!

    The writer figures out why so many people "top" trees instead of pruning them

  • A mining town gets a second chance

    The writer says Leadville faces a return to life as a mining town

  • 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

  • Libby tested environmentalists, who came up short

    The writer says environmentalists cared so much about wildlife and public lands that they missed a deadly mess in Libby, Montana

  • Giving back the bison

    Mark Matthews says tribal management of a federal bison refuge makes sense

  • Like Butte, Montana, an old dog hangs on

    A mysterious, mostly wild dog, fed by local miners, has somehow survived for 16 years in the desolate moonscape of a Superfund site -- the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Mont.

  • 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.

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