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  • A report from Nebraska, deep in drought

    In the Nebraska Sandhills, farmland that should never have been plowed is vanishing into dust, and once-vibrant communities are drying up, too, leaving ghosts behind.

  • Of Western myth and jackalopes

    Seventy years ago, Douglas Herrick attached antelope horns to the head of a stuffed jackrabbit, and one of the West’s most enduring and beloved icons – the jackalope – was brought to life in Wyoming

  • A lesson in aridity from Wallace Stegner

    The late writer Wallace Stegner tried to tell us years ago that Westerners live in an arid region, and we need to adapt to it

  • A lesson in engagement from Mary Page Stegner

    A talk with Wallace Stegner’s 91-year-old widow, Mary Page Stegner, reminds the writer of all that Stegner taught us, and of all we still have to learn from him

  • Why the growth apologists are wrong

    Western communities don’t have to surrender to uncontrolled growth and sprawl

  • Talking trash in a national monument

    A penny tax on containers could help fund the huge job of cleaning up litter on highways and public lands

  • There are perils in cowboy diplomacy

    The symbolic "cowboy politics" and Old West-style attitudes of George W. Bush, like those of his predecessor, Reagan, often confuse other cultures

  • Come in, Krispy Kreme

    A plan to pay for new police cars in Blackfoot, Idaho, by selling ad space on them is an amazingly bad idea

  • Dreams for sale in Leadville, Colorado

    Every year, a new team of economic-development consultants comes to Leadville, Colo., to peddle false hopes about the troubled town’s future.

  • Reporters need to play a better numbers game

    None of the reporters covering the prospect of drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have gotten the numbers right on how much oil might actually be there

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