Magazine
Special issue: Small towns under seige

April 5, 1993

Aspen, Colo. grapples with the angst of being a rich resort town, a mill closure shakes Kremmling, Colo., Livingston, Mont. is caught off-guard by its popularity, and the West is transformed byte by byte.

Feature

Aspen: A colonial power with angst
Growth in Aspen reverberates throughout the state.
Byte by byte and fax by fax, the West is being transformed
Technology helps small businesses blossom in the rural West.
Mill dies; town comes to life
A sawmill shutdown prompts community planning and a new economic base in Kremmling, Colo.
Future shock hits Livingston
Montanans plan to preserve their small-town atmosphere in Livingston.
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Small towns under siege
Small towns in the West are threatened by urban refugees and other newcomers.
Aspen bewilders its Hispanic work force
Aspen culture bewilders its Hispanic work force.
Small can be sustainable
A booklet titled 'Six Myths About the Future of Small Towns' suggests small towns shouldn't court industry.
Propst says small towns make or break ecosystems
Small towns are an important part of the ecosysytem, according to community consultant Luther Propst.
Areas fear glitzification
Accelerating growth worries locals in Dubois, Wyoming, and Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Essays

How the West was liquidated
An essay on the economics of the development of the frontier.
Will Jackson save itself?
An essay on the difficulties of saving Jackson Hole from land development
What ranchers need to do now that the world has come calling
A biography of a 19th century Colorado rancher.
How Boulder preserves its vision
How Boulder's rejection of Peak Power Corp.'s hydro plan preserves the town's vision.

News

An ecosystem's attractions are also destructive
A Montana subdivision becomes a sprawling development outside Yellowstone.
Bombing stopped at refuge
Navy target practice stops at a Washington coast wildlife refuge.
Once a road always a road?
An1866 mining law ensures access to public lands.
Mushrooming profits may be hazardous
Mushroom harvests in the Northwest may be harming forests.
Rancher sues rancher
A letter to the editor of a California paper criticizing range conditions causes a $32,000 libel suit.
The existence of dams forces hard choices
Eagles and salmon are at odds with hydropower and each other in Idaho.
Wolf beats bureaucrats to Wyoming
Evidence of a wolf that roamed into Yellowstone suggests reintroduction is unecessary.
Drought in the Northwest hurts salmon, power
Diminished reservoirs slow salmon migration and hike power prices in the Pacific Northwest.
Two reports warn of radioactive bullets
Depleted uranium bullets threaten radioactive contamination on military testing ranges.
Will Zion, the movie, hurt Zion, the park?
An Imax theater will soon stand at the entrance to Zion National Park.
Bison beat Texas Aggies (in court)
A Dept. of Agriculture brucellosis study on Yellowstone bison is stopped by court order after intervention by the Fund for Animals.
Cleaning up its mess
The United Nuclear Corp. must clean up its Church Rock Mine near Gallup, New Mexico.
Corporate muscles flex in Wyoming
Environmentalists build a coalition to protect their interests in the Wyoming Legislature.
New at the Gray Ranch
The Animas Foundation buys New Mexico's Gray Ranch.
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