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  • Remembering an establishment revolutionary

    Remembering the late John Sawhill, president of the Nature Conservancy, whose unique blend of environmental fervor and ability to schmooze with the rich helped to make his group the nation's largest conservation organization.

  • Floyd Dominy: An encounter with the West's undaunted dam-builder

    An interview with legendary BuRec director Floyd Dominy reveals a man proud of the dams and water supply projects he built throughout the West - especially Glen Canyon Dam and its "most wonderful lake in the world, Lake Powell."

  • Farewell, Marc Reisner

    With the recent untimely death of Marc Reisner, the West loses a man of independence and integrity, as well as a writer whose book "Cadillac Desert" helped to change the nation's view of Western water and water projects.

  • He's worried about weeds

    A profile of Forest Service botanist Steve Monsen describes his battle with squarrose knapweed, which is infesting the western part of Utah, where Monsen has spent his life.

  • The beauty of self-reliance

    Bike-shop owner Portia Masterson meets Paonia bike-cop Neal Schwieterman.

  • The last Celtic warlord lives in New Mexico

    A profile of Catron County, N.M.'s lawyer, Jim Catron, reveals a man steeped in Celtic and cowboy mythology, and uncompromising in his anti-government fervor.

  • Tom Watkins has left us, but his Western dream remains

    T.H. Watkins is remembered as "a writer and teacher and concerned citizen and father and husband and consummate agitator" whose literature and life revealed a deep love for the West.

  • Montana loses an environmental leader

    Montana State Rep. Ben Cohen, environmentalist, garbageman, actor and outdoorsman, is mourned in Whitefish, Mont.

  • Hazel Wolf: She made it

    Activist and inspiration Hazel Wolf dies at 101.

  • All you can eat at Pueblito del Paiz

    In the western Colorado town of Olathe, Ted Medina's Pueblito del Paiz serves as boarding house, dining hall and occasionally tense meeting ground for the Mexican and Indian workers who labor in the area's farm fields.

  • Not your average beauty queen

    A profile of 24-year-old Rachel Benally shows a vibrant young woman whose family life is in bright contrast to the often-grim statistics about youth problems in the Navajo Reservation.

  • A man to match our mountains

    Legendary mountaineer and outdoor educator Paul Petzoldt, who founded the National Outdoor Leadership Training School (NOLS) and the Wilderness Education Association, has died at the age of 91.

  • Montana tribes bid their leader farewell

    Michael T. "Mickey" Pablo, the recently deceased leader of Montana's seven Indian nations, is remembered as a fearless warrior in defense of his people, their land and treaty rights.

  • Uphill for these Idahoans

    HCN readers Gene Bray and Irene Wright of Meridian, Idaho, are profiled.

  • Wise words from a veteran activist

    A reader profile of 100-year-old Hazel Wolf, a lifelong activist and the star of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness conference.

  • Dick Randall, a fighter for the West

    HCN honors the memory of Wyoming's Dick Randall, who went from killing coyotes for Animal Damage Control to being the strongest critic of that agency.

  • An 84-year-old postal veteran

    As in Red Lodge, Mont., residents of Livingston also fight to keep their post office downtown, calling it the "lynchpin" of the area.

  • Keeping the heart in the center of town

    Residents of Red Lodge, Mont., fight to keep their post office downtown.

  • She works to save the past

    Longtime HCN reader Ann Phillips is an educational consultant turned archaeologist.

  • 'Seldom Seen Smith' mourns a lost canyon and dead foes

    Ken Sleight, an old guard environmentalist and the man behind Edward Abbey's Monkey Wrench Gang character, is profiled by Vaughn Roche.

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