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Sweet Thunder: Relieving a parched Butte

It’s not a long respite Morrie Morgan receives in Ivan Doig’s novel reissued this week in paperback, Sweet Thunder. We find him on honeymoon with his wife Grace, living off the gains made betting on the 1919 World Series game—he “intuited” the White Sox would renege on Charles Comiskey—but by Chapter Two he’s back in Butte, Montana to assume ownership ...

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Another Endangered Species in the New West: Cowboys


At last week’s National Western Stock Show in Denver, a new endangered species was spotted by veteran observers: cowboys, mirroring the decline of cattle and pastureland in the West.

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New For 2014: New West Books

Goliath Staggered

Some exciting news to pass along: We’re announcing the debut of New West Books and a first title, Goliath Staggered: How the People of Highway 12 Conquered Big Oil.

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Greg Mortenson: “I Let a Lot of People Down”

Greg Mortenson

Greg Mortenson, laying low since allegations of financial malfeasance and inaccurate accounts of his actions in Three Cups of Tea, admitted that the accusations were correct — and he regretted them.

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“Pond” by Tim Leonhardt, Montana

Pond - Jardine, Montana "Pond" by Tim Leonhardt, Montana his Flickr page or

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“Weathered Post at Lemhi Pass”, Rick Landry, Montana

Post at Lemhi Meadows "Weathered Post at Lemhi Pass", Rick Landry, Montana and Idaho. A boundary marker or gate post sits along the broad meadowed saddle just south of Lemhi Pass, astride the Continental Divide and State line between Montana and Idaho. To view more of Rick's work, please visit his Flickr page.

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“Delle Motel” by Nick Newberry, Utah

Delle Motel "Delle Motel" by Nick Newberry, Utah. Delle is a small service stop along I-80 between Salt Lake City and Wendover. To see more of Nick's work, please visit his Flickr page.

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“Shale Path to Cougar Peak Lookout” by Rick Landry, Montana

Shale Path to Cougar Pk LO "Shale Path to Cougar Peak Lookout" by Rick Landry, Montana. Cougar Peak Lookout was constructed in 1952 from a Forest Service standard plan for an L-4 style lookout house. It replaced the original structure which dated back to 1930. It commands an impressive view of the river valley and the Bitterroot Range to the west from its 6,694 foot elevation. To view more of Rick's work, please visit his Flickr page.

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‘Dry Gorge’, by Rick Landry, Montana

Dry Gorge II The mighty Clark Fork River swells against the other side of this diversion spillway on Island Park, Thompson Falls, MT. This engineered channel is referred to as the "dry gorge". To view more of Rick's work, please visit his Flickr page.

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“Run River” by Mark Shaiken, Glacier National Park, Montana

Run River A river in Glacier National Park surges with winter runoff. To see more of Mark's work, visit his Flickr page or

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