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The time I dueled with Louis L’Amour (and made peace with him)

In an encounter with the makings of legend, a very famous cowboy and an entirely unknown schoolmarm met in a showdown between romance and realism in the American West. This confrontation — between a popular novelist beloved in the heartland and a Harvard-based member of the liberal elite — seemed certain to produce far more…

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Why the solar industry can shine in our current political climate

Patty Limerick had the perfect story to warm the hearts of renewable energy proponents at the opening session of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association annual conference on Monday evening. A professor of history at the University of Colorado-Boulder where she directs the Center of the American West as well as the Colorado state historian,…

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Public Land Management in the American West

The conversation about public land management in the American West continued Tuesday morning during an in-depth NPR segment featuring top officials from the Utah Governor’s Office, the Outdoor Industry Association and western historians. Click here to listen. Cody Stewart, Director of Federal Affairs for Governor Gary R. Herbert and Jessica Wahl, Government Affairs Manager for…

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West words worth writing home about

When Atherton Phleger arrived at his first job as a park ranger at Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah, he was a dedicated acolyte of the late Western writer, environmental activist and curmudgeon Edward Abbey who had studied his well-thumbed, weather-beaten copy of “Desert Solitaire” as if it were a holy text. “If there…

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Hear ye! I henceforth issue these two executive orders

Time’s a-wasting! Just as February winds down, I am at long last issuing my first two executive orders. Issued on Feb. 19, 2017, these orders rest on the authority vested in me as the leading candidate for the presidency of the Association of Befuddled American Citizens, who seem to be emerging as the true majority….

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