What can Las Vegas teach us about Sustainability?

There are fewer places I would equate sustainability with than Las Vegas. Images of the Bellagio Fountain shooting streams of water hundreds of feet into the air to the soundtrack of Sinatra’s “Luck be a Lady” does not really evoke thoughts of environmental restraint and consciousness. They are not supposed to. As Las Vegas, as […]

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Spur Award Winners and Finalists Announced

The Western Writers of America have announced the winners and finalists of its annual Spur Awards, given for distinguished writing about the American West. The awards presentations will be made during the organization’s Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 24-28, 2013. The categories, along with the winners and finalists are as follow: Best Western […]

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Let’s Close the National Parks Redux

“The crisis is now in sight. Homeopathic measures will no longer suffice; thirty cents here and a dollar-seventy-five there will no longer keep the national park system in operation.” Western historian and champion of public lands Bernard Devoto penned those words in his 1953 essay entitled “Let’s Close the National Parks.” After spending a summer […]

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The Last Camel

by Michael W. Childers I am searching for a camel. I know that sounds a bit strange, but let me explain. Camels once roamed the Southwest, having been released into the wild by their previous owners, often the U.S. Army, or simply having escaped from a poorly constructed corral. Small bands of the beasts wandered from […]

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Christmas in the Mile High City

By B. Erin Cole Denver has been decorating its Civic Center for the holidays since 1919. That year’s display was meant to commemorate the end of World War I as well as instigate holiday cheer: a display of pine boughs mounted on the park’s Greek Theater spelled out “WORLD PEACE” while the park’s usual white […]

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The Latest Chapter of the Vail Arsons

Another chapter in the 1998 Vail Arsons, which saw the destruction of twelve buildings on the nation’s largest ski resort by members of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), has come to an end. This past Thursday, 39-year old Rebecca Jeanette Rubin turned herself into federal authorities after a decade on the lam in Canada. A […]

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