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  • State of Jefferson: A place apart

    Brian Peterson considers himself the interim governor of the State of Jefferson, an area in Northern California and southern Oregon that has been talking about secession since the early 1940s

  • In search of greener pastures

    Laina Corazon Coit and her brother, Rick Chase, want to create Colorado’s first natural burial ground and wildlife refuge on the eastern prairie

  • Getting out of the office, and into hot water

    California geology professor Jeff Mount uses river trips as an educational tool

  • A pilgrim with a battered Nikon

    Albuquerque photojournalist Jaelyn deMaria has devoted the last few years to documenting the pilgrims who come to the shrine of Monte Cristo Rey on the United States-Mexico border near El Paso.

  • The rural West's pragmatic booster

    Economist and demographer Larry Swanson wants to help rural Western communities find a way to survive

  • He loves nature. And dams.

    Paul Ostapuk is a nature-lover and outdoorsman who loves Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam.

  • Clean energy activist reflects on corporate influence in New Mexico legislation

    Ben Luce is no longer pulling his punches as he battles for clean energy in New Mexico.

  • This mayor sees a different shade of green

    Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make his city environmentally sustainable

  • New Mexico’s water rebel

    Albuquerque water developer Bill Turner, a board member of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, is often described as the bane of the district as well.

  • Red Feather builds homes and communities

    The nonprofit Red Feather Development Group recruits volunteers like Zan Wannemuehler to help build straw-bale homes on Indian reservations.

  • Fill 'er up with moonshine

    Chris Myles plans to fuel his vehicles with homebrewed ethanol, made in a still he built at his home in Silverton, Colo.

  • Tequila-fueled tunes

    The music Roger Clyne writes and performs with his band, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, is inspired by the Arizona desert

  • Have knives and hooks, will travel

    Taos County’s new Mobile Matanza is a rolling livestock butchering unit that travels to the region’s far-flung family ranchers

  • Stay in the Hunt

    Jim Posewitz believes hunters can help save the planet with their clear-sighted, on-the-ground conservation ethic.

  • I was a closet environmentalist

    Roger Muggli might be the busiest man in eastern Montana, what with his family farm, his feed-pellet plant, his dedicated work on water issues and his quiet, steadfast environmentalism.

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