Items by Rebecca Clarren
Long-banned pesticides linger in the soils of neighborhoods built on former agricultural land in central Washington.
High Country News offers tips on how to garden safely if your home is built on at-risk former farmland.
Soil samples from the yards of two Yakima families showed intriguing but not always comforting results.
Dairy work is dangerous, but lax laws and reporting requirements make it difficult to tell how many people are hurt or killed in dairies each year.
A combination of lax laws and poor oversight leaves dairy workers vulnerable to exploitation and on-the-job dangers.
The Suquamish Tribe is resurrecting the old ways of Northwestern Indians – particularly their traditional canoe journeys – to improve the health of its young people.
Rio Blanco County, Colo., which was just recently buzzing with oil and gas development, now faces an unexpected slowdown as the national economy tanks.
The EPA under George Bush has put the health of Westerners at risk in order to make life easier for big industry.
Rebecca Clarren takes a close look at the sexual harassment faced by women farmworkers, most of them non-English speaking immigrants.
Rebecca Clarren talks to migrant farmworker women about a threat they face every day in the fields: sexual harassment and assault by coworkers and bosses.
A 38-year-old female deckhand who calls herself Moe Bowstern created the zine called Xtra Tuf to explore the turbulent culture of the fishing industry
Since 1992, Dan Price has been publishing a hand-drawn, illustrated zine called Moonlight Chronicles from his tiny, hobbit-style home in a meadow in Joseph, Ore.
The writer says nobody knows what effect widespread drilling for natural gas is having on the health of nearby residents
The Klamath Basin water bank was intended to end a tug-of-war over scarce water, but with some farmers selling off water while other wells go dry, tensions in the Oregon valley are only getting worse
The writer says undocumented women have long been prey in the fields to men who harass and rape them. Finally, some women are getting legal help to fight back
The writer supports the claims of "downwinders" near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation who are finally getting their day in court
An emotionally wounded writer is cheered by a visit to Mount St. Helens, even though heavy clouds obscured the volcano
Oregon’s famed land-use laws take a stake to the heart, thanks to voter ire and planners' failure to explain the benefits of a system that has kept strip-malls and sprawl to a minimum
The writer says a rural and property-owners’ revolt will reshape Oregon’s famed planning regulations
The Bush administration’s new salmon plan treats dams as a natural part of the landscape, and sees a recovery plan as more important than actual species recovery
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- Richard Crow on Ranch Diaries: Why cowboy life is intense
- Richard Crow on Mass shootings in Western states, by the numbers
- Mary Mcallister on Wildland restoration is like marriage: An imperfect work in progress
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