Communities

The lone punk rocker of Paonia
The lone punk rocker of Paonia
A musician finds a home among a small town’s orchards and fields.
5 obstacles for Native voters in the November midterms
5 obstacles for Native voters in the November midterms
Native Americans have low participation rates in federal and state elections, but the problem doesn’t lay with political passivism.
Native-owned financial institutions battle credit deserts
Native-owned financial institutions battle credit deserts
In rural areas without access to banking, tribal enterprises are helping fill gaps.
Towns angling for tourism should beware of the great white shark
Towns angling for tourism should beware of the great white shark
The growth of tourism can destroy both communities and landscapes.
To learn more: a list of sources
Brief reviews of books and other references for planners.
How to get involved and push the process
A well-thought-out strategy will help planners succeed.
'Wise use' plans abhor change
Wise-use groups resist any attempt to restrict land use.
Rural residents defy Washington law
Some wise-use landowners in Washington are so upset by planning that they're talking about secession.
Some state governments try planning from top down
Oregon's 21-year-old land-use law survives challenges but Colorado fails to follow its lead.
When planning plays catch-up
A recent real estate boom tempers one Colorado town's enthusiasm for growth.
Golf course splits ranch family
A Colorado family splits over the decision to sell off their ranch to a golf course developer.
Boulder's ingenuity has a few drawbacks
Boulder's innovative land use and planning have spawned a few problems of their own.
A soft-paths approach to land conservation
One approach to land use is to create private, nonprofit land trusts.
A toolbox to shape the future
Planning tools used in the West vary greatly from community to community.
Can planning rein in a stampede?
The uncontrolled growth of Western states makes planning essential.
The NIMBY factor
Jane Anne Morris writes a handbook for activists called Not In My Back Yard.
'Takings' takes a hit
The Iowa Supreme Court rules that development can be halted when it threatens an ancient Native American burial mound.
'Poor man's legacy' may be preserved in Jackson Hole
Historic, photogenic Moulton Barn may be preserved by the National Park Service.
Eating the scenery
Oregon economics consulting firm issues report, Transitions: New Incentives for Rural Communities.
Children need the wild
A review of Gary Paul Nabhan's The Geography of Childhood.
Now you see them ...
Cartographers are removing Indian ruins from maps to protect their locations.
FBI was out to get freethinking DeVoto
Writer and conservationist Bernard DeVoto was thoroughly investigated by the FBI.
Here come Rainbows
Big Piney residents calm about Rainbow influx.
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