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  • Surprise!

    Surprise!

    Surprise, Ariz., exemplifies the Arizona real estate collapse along with what many see as the rise and fall of the car-dependent Western exurb.

  • Last rites and forgotten landscapes

    Last rites and forgotten landscapes

    The 12 young women whose bones were found on Albuquerque’s West Mesa led lives as unvalued as the sagebrush landscape that held their murdered bodies.

  • Home is where the guilt is

    In Santa Fe, N.M., April Reese wrestles with the question of whether owning a new house is worth being responsible for the bulldozing of pinon and juniper trees.

  • When choosing a house, think past a lifetime

    Alan Kesselheim says Westerners should not be shocked when a house built in a floodplain eventually falls victim to a flood.

  • PRO: The Tejon agreement is a true conservation victory

    Graham Chisholm believes that an agreement involving open space, a large housing development and condor habitat on California’s Tejon Ranch is a “true conservation victory.”

  • CON: A housing development that’s a tragedy for condors

    The Tejon Ranch agreement, which will allow a housing development to be build in the midst of rare condor critical habitat, is a disaster for the endangered birds, according to Noel Snyder and David Clendenen.

  • Credo: The People’s West

    Photographer Stephen Trimble offers suggestions for how citizens and communities can reinvent their relationship with the Western landscape.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Carpe Noctem

    Arizona developer promises sun, moon and stars

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