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  • Turning back the tide

    Turning back the tide

    A volunteer naturalist describes the unique beauty -- and fragility -- of California's Elkhorn Slough Reserve.

  • An example and an antidote

    In Imagination in Place, his new collection of essays, writer/farmer/poet Wendell Berry shares some of his honest wisdom and sharp-eyed observations.

  • 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.

  • From grass to grains

    From grass to grains

    The local food growers in Oregon’s Southern Willamette Valley Bean and Grain Project see a unique opportunity in today’s economic crisis.

  • Brave New Hay

    Monsanto’s genetically modified Roundup Ready alfalfa may take over the West, as the company re-engineers the world to conform to its business plan

  • The strange attraction of the “breakfast thing”

    Rob Pudim casts a curious eye on the small-town Western “breakfast thing,” where old codgers gather around a café table to flirt with the waitress and talk about nothing in particular.

  • A quest for the world’s finest pinot noir

    Brian Doyle’s new book, The Grail, lives up to its lively subtitle as it describes “a year ambling and shambling through an Oregon vineyard in pursuit of the best pinot noir in the whole wild world.”

  • New Mexico’s water rebel

    Albuquerque water developer Bill Turner, a board member of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, is often described as the bane of the district as well.

  • The Efficiency Paradox

    Water efficiency has long been touted as a silver bullet for the West’s water problems, but too much efficiency can cause problems of its own, especially in the fragile Colorado River Delta.

  • Shear Pleasure

    A photo essay follows Matt Smith and the other New Zealanders who make up the company Shear Pleasure as they travel Montana, visiting sheep ranches, shearing sheep, and drinking hard at the end of the day

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