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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.
Landowners turn the Fifth into sharp-pointed sword
Several lawsuits say the government should compensate for land devalued in "takings" cases.
Justice in Nevada
The Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 helps nab a pot hunter.
Washington rancher spurns subdividers
A rancher decides to preserve land by selling it to the Bureau of Land Management rather than selling out to developers.
Reno turns back to the river
Photographer Peter Goin wants to create disturbing images of Reno and the Truckee River so that viewers will be moved to change things.
Careful planning avoids takings
A cautious approach can help a community avoid "takings" lawsuits.
Resort towns battle monsters
Resort towns try to stop proliferation of "monster" homes.
The astronomer
Astronomer Peter Strittmatter defends observatories as "benign places."
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