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  •  The lessons of Butte, Montana

    The lessons of Butte, Montana

    During the labor struggles of the early 20th century, rough-and-tumble Butte, Mont., survived as a community because of -- rather than despite -- its ethnic diversity.

  • Is the Latino electorate finally beginning to make its mark?

    Is the Latino electorate finally beginning to make its mark?

    If Democrats succeed in an improbable coup -- winning a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, and making the state competitive for Obama -- they’ll have Latino voters to thank.

  • Ironwood's last stand?

    Ironwood's last stand?

    An ancient desert icon faces increasing threats along the U.S./Mexico border.

  • Crossing the border gets deadlier

    Crossing the border gets deadlier

    Fewer people are trying to cross the Southwest border, but a higher percentage are dying

  • Unwelcome home

    Unwelcome home

    Chih Tsung Kao, 24, has lived -- and thrived -- in Boulder, Colo., since age four. But with no path to citizenship, he now faces an uncertain future in Taiwan.

  • A brave woman now runs a border town

    A brave woman now runs a border town

    Maria Lopez becomes mayor of a crime-ridden, desperately poor Mexican border town.

  • The Forgotten Mesa

    The Forgotten Mesa

    Without basic services, life on Pajarito Mesa is all about surviving.

  • Veteran photographer shines light on US immigration

    Veteran photographer shines light on US immigration

    Death and deportation at the US-Mexico border, and lives after crossings.

  • The newest Westerners

    The newest Westerners

    Immigrants from around the world are changing traditionally white Western communities such as Boise, Idaho.

  • Looking outside the box

    In this issue, High Country News ventures outside its usual box to look at 10 serious issues facing the West in the next four years

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