- xiii, 296 pages: illustrations; 23 cm
- Additional Authors
- Danbom, David B.,
- Corporate Author
- Bill Lane Center for the American West.
- "A project of the Bill Lane Center for the American West.""Summary: Examines the challenges confronting those living in today's rural West. Bridging the Distance examines a number of the problems and prospects of the rural West that have largely been neglected by scholars. The issues are considered in four sections: Defining the Rural West, Community, Economy, and Land Use; each with an introduction by editor David Danbom. The essays highlight factors that set the region apart from the rest of the country and provide varied perspectives on challenges faced by those living in often isolated areas. Contributors cover matters such as a hazing incident that divided a small Colorado town and the effects of media coverage; challenges in areas of Montana and Wyoming where the ideas of new exurbanites regarding natural resources differ from those of long-time residents; conflict between surface water and ground water users in Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska; and the shortcomings of health care among Latino immigrants in rural California. Essays on rural economy suggest how states can better use fiscal policies to advance long-term economic health and how resources can be exploited in ways that are both environmentally and economically sustainable. On the question of land use, one essay shares the viewpoint of a ranching family in Nevada that has long struggled with the government over grazing cattle on federal lands. Another examines the case of the Goshute Indians of Skull Valley, whose efforts to use their reservation for nuclear waste storage roused the ire of the state of Utah. The essays in Bridging the Distance are fresh, informative, and insightful examinations of the complex problems facing the rural West. This is a book that will spur both conversations and the search for solutions"--Contents: Introduction / David B. Danbom --  Defining the Rural West -- Finding the Rural West / Jon K. Lauck -- Conquering Distance? : Broadband and the Rural West / Geoff McGhee --  Community -- Too Close for Comfort : When Big Stories Hit Small Towns / Judy Muller -- On Water and Wolves : Toward an Integrative Political Ecology of the "New" West / J. Dwight Hines -- Irrigation Communities, Political Cultures, and the Public in the Age of Depletion / Burke W. Griggs -- Health Disparities among Latino Immigrants Living in the Rural West / Marc Schenker --  The Rural Western Economy -- Energy Development Opportunities and Challenges in the Rural West / Mark N. Haggerty and Julia H. Haggerty -- The New Natural Resource Economy : A Framework for Rural Community Resilience / Michael Hibbard and Susan Lurie --  Land Use in the Rural West -- The Angry West : Understanding the Sagebrush Rebellion in Rural Nevada / Leisl Carr Childers -- Skull Valley Goshutes and the Politics of Place, Identity, and Sovereignty in Rural Utah / David Rich Lewis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-282) and index.