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  • Energy succeeds where housing developers can't

    Energy succeeds where housing developers can't

    As the West's housing boom fades, natural resource extraction surges, and a defunct housing development on the east side of Colorado Springs, Colo., may soon face drilling by Ultra Petroleum.

  • A little regulation can be a very good thing

    Jim Spehar says proposed new regulations won’t harm western Colorado’s oil and gas industry and may do a lot to help the rest of the region’s economy survive the current boom.

  • Boom! Boom!

    An energy boom of unprecedented proportions is transforming western Colorado towns like Rifle, which just recently recovered from the last big energy boom – and a catastrophic bust.

  • Black Sunday was a day to remember

    Jim Spehar watches the region boom again; only this time he hopes we’ve learned a few things since the oil shale bust of 25 years ago.

  • Notes from a place of risk and hope

    In Big Wonderful: Notes from Wyoming, Kevin Holdsworth describes his love for a harsh landscape in essays, poetry and fiction.

  • Condemned

    In Idaho and Wyoming, old eminent domain laws allow private entities to condemn landowners’ property – as Peter and Judy Riede discovered when J.R. Simplot Co. announced plans to expand its phosphate mine and build a road across their ranch.

  • Man Camp

    In Western Colorado, where the energy boom is stretching the resources – and social fabric – of local communities, some companies have turned to portable dormitories to ease the housing crunch.

  • Safety first

    Steve Ficklin is an oil and gas safety inspector for the Bureau of Land Management in western Colorado

  • The Latest Bounce

    Grazing fees to be cut; Russian drill rigs coming to Colorado; new power plant on Navajo Nation gets big tax break; Washington may become sixth Western state with renewable energy standards

  • The view from above

    High Country News prides itself on keeping close to the ground, but for this special issue, we look at the energy boom in the West from a global perspective

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