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Why the West needs Mythic Cowboys

June 9, 2008

Jeffrey Lockwood believes that the modern West could use an infusion of old-fashioned Cowboy Mythology.

Feature

Why the West needs Mythic Cowboys
Jeffrey Lockwood believes that the modern West could use an infusion of old-fashioned Cowboy Mythology.

Editor's Note

Cowboy up to the energy boom
In today’s complicated West, where retirees battle energy companies and environmentalists fight transmission lines carrying green power, maybe we need some heroic cowboys to help straighten everything out.

Uncommon Westerners

Warp, weft and Wal-Mart
Navajo weaver Marie Begay makes beautiful rugs from the wool of the sheep she raises, and looks forward to spending the money she earns at Wal-Mart.

Essays

Conservation groups come and go. Why?
Pat Munday decries the “professionalization” of environmental groups.
The luckiest horse in Reno
After a herd of wild horses is massacred in Nevada, Deanne Stillman ponders the bones in the desert.

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
Biodiesel pirates; dinosaur bones for sale; archaeological developments; hot weather and cool bankrobbers; what to do with a big dead moose.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Visitors; Jared Farmer’s new book and Pete McBride’s new job; correction; Utah Phillips “catches the westbound.”

News

Life, liberty and the pursuit of … game?
The National Rifle Association wants to enshrine the right to hunt in state constitutions, but even some hunters have their doubts about the wisdom of doing so.
Easing into development
A backroom agreement between the Forest Service and Plum Creek Co. leaves Montana counties out of the picture when it comes to access to and development of national forest inholdings.
The latest trend in name-calling
Just because you disagree with someone about energy drilling or off-road vehicles doesn’t mean your opponent is a communist pinko – or an eco-terrorist.
Uber Recycling
Garry and Diann Fulks have been recycling large metal objects for 35 years at their scrap yard in Montrose, Colo.
Walking on a Wire
Los Angeles needs green power, but some environmentalists are up in arms over plans to build transmission lines across the Mojave Desert.

Two Weeks in the West

Two weeks in the West
On public lands throughout the West, hikers, bikers, horseback riders and off-roaders compete for trail space, while beleaguered land-managers struggle to come up with workable forest management plans.

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