Tim Egan is the only guy the NYT regularly bothers to have write about the west. See link. Comments are interesting too -- as if all of us who read Stegner, Harrison, Hasselstrom, Abbey, etc crawl out of the woodwork to offer support. I generally find High Country News far more relevant than the big papers. As Egan quotes Stegner at the end: If you don't know where you are, you don't know who you are.