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  • Blame it all on my crazy biology teacher

    Blame it all on my crazy biology teacher

    We high school kids thought he was crazy, but our biology teacher, Mr. Richard, worked incredibly hard to inspire us.

  • Township 13 South, Range 92 West, Section 35

    Township 13 South, Range 92 West, Section 35

    A writer looks into the history of the people who lived on the Colorado mesa she now calls home.

  • One man's salt must not burden another man's water

    One man's salt must not burden another man's water

    The little farming town of Mancos, Colo., is finding ways to remove salt from its water and make irrigation more efficient during drought.

  • Visitors going and coming

    Visitors going and coming; Betty Fussell’s new book, Raising Steaks; farewell to forester Leo Goebel

  • Busted in Rio Blanco

    Busted in Rio Blanco

    Rio Blanco County, Colo., which was just recently buzzing with oil and gas development, now faces an unexpected slowdown as the national economy tanks.

  • Must our water always flow uphill toward money?

    Must our water always flow uphill toward money?

    Bottled water is a silly idea anyway, but Nestle’s plans to bottle spring water from the high desert of Chaffee County, Colo., are beyond absurd.

  • HCN board meeting – in cyberspace

    High Country News holds its first-ever board meeting via telephone and Internet; Marty Durlin becomes new culture editor.

  • 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.

  • The terror and beauty of away games

    The terror and beauty of away games

    In small Western towns, schoolkids – and their parents – often make long journeys over rugged mountain roads just to play other high school sports teams.

  • Dust to dust

    Dust to dust

    The western Colorado town of Uravan no longer exists, but its history of radium and uranium mining lives on.

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