By Linda M. Hasselstrom

No position Like domestic scrutinizes the modern West, the place subdivisions devour relatives ranches and historical cities are evolving into suggest, congestedcities. Linda Hasselstrom deals a document from front, the place nature and human aspirations are usually at odds and the innovations of group and mutual accountability are being redefined.

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So, let’s see, if you’d bought that 680-acre plot, you would own the job of installing and maintaining four of the eight miles of fence surrounding it, about 21,120 feet. Your access road would require another couple of miles of fence, with gates so we could move our cattle and vehicles across. Neighboring ranchers run both cattle and buffalo, so the fence has to be high and tight enough to contain them. A fence of six-foot wooden posts 38 Nn n o p l a c e l i k e h o m e and four strands of tightly strung barbed wire will usually contain cows; buffalo require an eight-foot fence with posts to match.

Most of the buyers placed their houses on top of the rocky little hills. Even from a distance I can see gouges in the skimpy vegetation, gullies forming where someone has driven, washouts forming along vehicle tracks. We’ve had little rain, yet the lower slopes of many of the hills are beginning to erode and slump. Ignoring the scarcity of water and the nonexistent or thin soil, some of the subdivisions’ residents have optimistically planted trees. If they can afford pumps powerful enough to suck water uphill to their unnatural garden plots, the soaking will only make the hills slump faster.

If the buyer wanted to build a house, he couldn’t use the water for that. Moreover, he’d have to join the water organization, and their rules were complicated; the buyer would have to talk to them about membership. ” Everyone in the center of the room stopped breathing. But we didn’t stop thinking. I looked at the list in my hand. Tract 1 contained the stone house. In the front row, I could see the widow, her hair still the same unlikely red, still unnaturally curly, looking grimly around the room.

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