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  • Book Reviews

    Loves, losses and utter disasters

    In her new novel, The Berkeley Pit, Dorothy Bryant intertwines the stories of two very different Berkeleys: The California college town during the ‘60s, and the famously toxic open-pit mine in Butte, Mont.

  • News

    Guest workers: Laborers or commodity?

    Commentary: states trying to maneuver around feds' failure to act

  • News

    Fields of overkill

    In response to recent E. coli outbreaks, corporate buyers are pushing California farmers to rid their fields of all wildlife and wild vegetation – despite the fact that this could make the food supply even less safe.

  • News

    More precious than gold?

    After 18 years, agreements pave the way for a mine on Buckhorn Mountain

  • Writers on the Range

    How to adopt a garden

    This year, Ari LeVaux is breaking with his own tradition and planting his vegetable garden from starts rather than seeds.

  • Related Stories

    Death of a mine

    Utah’s Lisbon Valley Mine was supposed to be a hugely profitable copper producer; instead, it went belly-up in just two years.

  • Related Stories

    The short life of Lisbon Valley

    A brief timeline traces the brief history of Utah’s Lisbon Valley Mine.

  • Related Stories

    A Rico renaissance

    The tiny mountain town of Rico, Colo., finds its post-mining economy threatened by a possible mining resurgence.

  • Related Stories

    Mining the West

    A potpourri of maps and graphics illustrates the complex nature of hardrock mining in the West today.

  • Editor's Note

    Men with boots

    The transformation of once-scrappy mining towns like Silverton, Colo., and Superior, Ariz., into trendy tourist havens is bound to leave the locals with mixed feelings and some nostalgia.

  • Feature

    Reluctant Boomtown

    A copper-mining company is courting Superior, Ariz., but the former mining town – now re-inventing itself as a modest tourist haven – is unsure whether it really wants a new marriage with extractive industry.

  • News

    Mining reform has one foot in the door

    Bill passes House, but Senate expected to start from scratch

  • Writers on the Range

    Let’s reform the 1872 Mining Law – finally

    Lew Carpenter is one of many Western sportsmen urging the Senate to join the House in finally reforming the 1872 Mining Law.

  • Writers on the Range

    Like it or not, corn is in every meal

    Pete Letheby believes that King Corn and its byproducts, particularly the high-fructose corn syrup that’s in almost everything we eat, are to blame for the nation’s obesity and its agricultural pollution.

  • Writers on the Range

    Searching for flour where the wheat grows

    Carla Wise wants to make bread from wheat grown close to her home in Corvallis, Ore.

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