Stories and Reports

Colorado River
In Crisis

Stories and Reports

The Western
Energy Boom

Stories and Reports

Health Care in
the Rural West

Historical Background

The Country Life Commission

Dear Visitor: This site preserves the legacy publications of the Rural West Initiative from 2009-2014. 
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Eccles Family Rural West Conference, March 2016

The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University is happy to announce that the next Eccles Family Rural West Conference will be held March 17-19 in Missoula, Montana.

Registration, schedule and travel information will be available by early 2016. Please check this page for future updates. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact John J. Dougherty at

We look forward to seeing you in 2016!

More information is available at the conference website: