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  • 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.

  • Notes from a corporate insider: It's not easy turning green

    The sustainable-business movement, which holds that environmentalism and business can be a winning combination, is not as easy on the ground as it may seem.

  • Bush turns BLM into energy machine

    President Bush's brand-new National Energy Office is designed to expedite drilling and mining on public lands.

  • In California, no water project is too big

    An Alaska company's much-mocked plan to haul bags of water 400 miles along the California coast is really no crazier than the things California has come up with in its search for water.

  • Westerners share a different reality

    A "time" magazine column about satellite radio that described the New Jersey Turnpike as "the middle of nowhere" provides unintentional humor to Westerners who know the real meaning of nowhere.

  • You can call mine Mortgage Manor

    A new database that allows one to register the fancy names of luxury homes for $75 a house will not get a lot of use by those who live in houses with names like Sagging Floor and Mortgage Manor.

  • The Eucalyptus: Sacred or profane?

    The writer says that California's much-prized eucalyptus trees are really overgrown, fire-prone weeds that would be better off in their native Australia.

  • Attention, wolves: I'm what's for dinner

    In the extremely unlikely event that any wolves reintroduced to Colorado began eating people, the writer says he would gladly volunteer to serve as a meal.

  • How does snow melt? A test for all Westerners

    With each flood of newcomers to the Interior West, specialized knowledge of place and culture is both lost and gained.

  • Why the bad rap for Mormons?

    A Utah resident wonders why so many non-Mormons have such weird ideas about members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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