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Life after death in Swan Valley
Life after death in Swan Valley
The Meyers turned their 120 acres in Montana into a natural cemetery, where bodies can be buried with as few frills as possible.
When public lands become tribal lands again
When public lands become tribal lands again
A story of fire, stolen lands, and how hard it is to get the U.S. to follow its own laws.
The West’s hidden corners offer a safe space for polygamists
The West’s hidden corners offer a safe space for polygamists
Each year, Mormon fundamentalists gather on a remote slice of southeastern Utah.
Propst says small towns make or break ecosystems
Small towns are an important part of the ecosysytem, according to community consultant Luther Propst.
Future shock hits Livingston
Montanans plan to preserve their small-town atmosphere in Livingston.
Small can be sustainable
A booklet titled 'Six Myths About the Future of Small Towns' suggests small towns shouldn't court industry.
Mill dies; town comes to life
A sawmill shutdown prompts community planning and a new economic base in Kremmling, Colo.
Byte by byte and fax by fax, the West is being transformed
Technology helps small businesses blossom in the rural West.
Aspen bewilders its Hispanic work force
Aspen culture bewilders its Hispanic work force.
Aspen: A colonial power with angst
Growth in Aspen reverberates throughout the state.
Small towns under siege
Small towns in the West are threatened by urban refugees and other newcomers.
How the West was liquidated
An essay on the economics of the development of the frontier.
Wanted: Women writers
Several women editors plan a book written by women who farm, ranch and work the land.
Not small for long
A writer ranks the top 10 towns in America (Elko, Nev., wins).
Fossil battle continues
The Black Hills Institute's battle for dinosaur bones continues.
Utah county moves fast
Utah's Grand County Road Board can't continue the Book Cliffs project.
Rhymes from the range attract 8,000
Cowboy poets gather in Elko, Nevada.
Earth art
'Ecoart! Earth Friendly Art and Craft Experiences' for 3 to 9 year olds is reviewed.
Ask for me tomorrow, and you will find me a grave man
Photographs from 'Scoring in Heaven: Gravestones and Cemetery Art of the American Sunbelt States'.
A famous skeleton returns to the earth
A paleoIndian skeleton is reburied in Idaho.
How two logging towns were lost
An essay on growing up in Hilt, Calif., and Happy Camp, Calif.
Don't look for free inquiry at the West's land-grant colleges
Essay on the role of western academics in policy decisions.
Boom town for sale - cheap
A nuclear power company attempts to sell a mining town after the uranium market collapses.
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