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  • What lies beneath

    What lies beneath

    When pesticide chemicals were found underneath the houses of Barber Orchard, N.C., it aroused fears nationwide about the risks of building on former agricultural land.

  • Backyard poisons?

    Backyard poisons?

    Soil samples from the yards of two Yakima families showed intriguing but not always comforting results.

  • Farming's Toxic Legacy

    Farming's Toxic Legacy

    Long-banned pesticides linger in the soils of neighborhoods built on former agricultural land in central Washington.

  • How to Play Safely in the Soil

    How to Play Safely in the Soil

    High Country News offers tips on how to garden safely if your home is built on at-risk former farmland.

  • Everybody wants to move to my town

    Everybody wants to move to my town

    Steve Bunk returns to his old hometown of Boise to find he’s not the only one in search of a sanctuary.

  • The wind eternal

    The warm chinook winds of Cody, Wyo. keep temperatures mild as they sand away at the town with a steady gale.

  • Prowling the back spaces of the West

    Inside an abandoned Air Force base on the Nevada-Utah border, the Center for Land Use Interpretation houses a remarkable museum of the West's human landscapes.

  • Gators, dirt and hot tubs in the Cowboy State

    Annie Proulx’s new collection of short stories, Bad Dirt, celebrates and skewers the colorful characters of rural Wyoming

  • Hope for the West's open lands

    The Quivira Coalition is working hard to try to preserve the West’s remaining private ranchlands – but much more needs to be done to protect this invaluable land

  • Educating the economy

    Western communities such as Lander, Wyo., are suddenly working hard to lure new colleges to town

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