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  • Don't proclaim the West is dead until you've met aMexican 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 theWest

    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.

  • The Old West went that-a-way

    Encouraged by an East Coast editor, the writer gives her outspoken opinion of the "Real West," and the editor turns it down.

  • Leave my town out of your 'Top 10'

    When an article appears in Men's Journal proclaiming his home town in the "top 10" of best places to live, the author can't understand what criteria the decision was based on.

  • Developers push revisionist history

    Developers engage in "green washing" when they claim willing participation in consensus to save Dry Lake.

  • The Postal Service stamps the mythic West

    Wyoming's fight with Montana over a new Montana stamp that shows a cowboy on a bucking horse shows that the Postal Service has fallen for Western myths that have nothing to do with the states' real characters.

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