Magazine
The Half-life of Memory

February 16, 2009

A writer tries to dig up the buried history of Colorado’s Rocky Flats weapons plant, now home to a controversial wildlife refuge.

Feature

The struggle to remember the nuclear West
The struggle to remember the nuclear West
A writer tries to dig up the buried history of Colorado’s Rocky Flats weapons plant, now home to a controversial wildlife refuge.

Sidebar

Rocky Flats lives on
Rocky Flats lives on
Those involved with Rocky Flats tell their stories, in their own words.

Editor's Note

The importance of memory
The West has a peculiar kind of amnesia when it comes to its Cold War nuclear-weapons-building past.

Current

Wind setbacks
Wind setbacks
Everyone wants alternative power in theory, but nobody wants to live next to giant wind turbines.

Uncommon Westerners

Justice for all
Justice for all
Jensie Anderson meets with homeless clients every Sunday underneath a Salt Lake City viaduct.

Essays

The call of the tame
The call of the tame
Jack London devoted much of his short life to what we would now call sustainable agriculture on his beloved Beauty Ranch in California.

Book Reviews

A battle for the land -- and soul -- of the West
A battle for the land -- and soul -- of the West
The American West at Risk presents a familiar litany of Western land-use problems, but also offers suggestions for how to solve them.
Shooting a double victory
Shooting a double victory
In Full-Court Quest, Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith unearth the story of the American Indian girls of the Fort Shaw basketball team, who starred at the 1904 World’s Fair.

Dear Friends

A voice in the wilderness
A voice in the wilderness
Jim Stiles tries to keep his Canyon Country Zephyr alive online; visitors, or the lack thereof; and book notes.

Focus

No backup on the Northern border
No backup on the Northern border
Sheriff Donna Matoon and her 11 overworked deputies patrol Montana's Toole County and keep an eye on the Canadian border.

Two Weeks in the West

Red light, green light
Red light, green light
After years of stalemate and fighting, enviros are gaining ground under Obama. Also: Unemployment rates are ranked in the Western states.

How it Works

Canary in the old growth
Canary in the old growth
Public-land managers grapple with using indicator species to monitor the health of troubled ecosystems.

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