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  • There’s a wilderness niche for mountain biking

    If mountain biking were allowed in designated wilderness areas, wilderness would gain a large number of new and committed advocates.

  • When whiteouts in winter seem like forever

    On the road in a snowstorm, time seems to stop, and you sometimes wonder if you will ever get home again.

  • A dispatch from the New West battleground

    The auction and sub-dividing of a neighboring ranch leads the author to fear for the future of her ranching community.

  • An eco-wacko figures a few things out

    It’s about time the anti-environmentalists turned down the rhetoric and took a break from their rude and silly diatribes.

  • Real men head for Alaska

    A visit to Alaska’s Kodiak Island leads the author to feel meek and mild in comparison to the manly men he meets, who battle wolverines in the wildest place in the country.

  • Snowmobiles are the people’s choice for Yellowstone

    The author defends Yellowstone’s snowmobiles as a boon to local economies and the recreational choice of ordinary Americans.

  • Yellowstone should keep out polluting and intrusive snowmobiles

    Teddy Roosevelt, who dedicated Yellowstone’s stone entrance archway 100 years ago, would be horrified at the prospect of the park he loved opening its arms to snowmobile traffic.

  • Life on the border, where education gets lost

    A young teacher’s first months at an impoverished, "under-performing" school on Arizona’s Tohomo O’odham Reservation are a difficult lesson in what it is like to try to survive in a war zone.

  • A Christmas tradition pueblo-style

    The writer treasures a lifetime of Christmas visits with silversmith Vidal Aragon and his family at Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico.

  • Public servants may go the way of the dodo

    The Bush administration’s plan to privatize federal jobs may be good for business, but bad for the environment and for workers.

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