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High Country News April 02, 2007

Disposable Workers of the Oil and Gas Fields

Feature

Disposable workers of the oil and gas fields

Without a college degree, work on the oil and gas fields is the best job you can get in the rural West – unless, of course, it kills you

Editor's Note

It tolls for us

The energy boom in the Rocky Mountain West has been shadowed by a much darker boom: a frightening rise in death and serious injury

Dear Friends

Dear friends

Wilf Bruschke visits; singer John Winn writes a song inspired by Patricia Walsh’s column on green burial; Claire Anderson helps dogs in Mexico; clarification and corrections

Uncommon Westerners

Lewis’ Web

Wyoming microbiologist Randy Lewis is fascinated by spiders – particularly by the remarkable silk they produce.

Writers on the Range

The single women who homesteaded the West

The women who homesteaded the Old West defy the stereotypes we make of them.

News

Harvesting the sky

Thirsty Santa Fe, N.M., considers an innovative law requiring all new buildings to install rainwater-harvesting systems.

Book Reviews

Thomas McGuane’s lonely freaks

The powerful short stories in Thomas McGuane’s Gallatin Canyon prove him to be the New West’s answer to Flannery O’Connor.

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West

Reckless unicorns; dogs and kids will stay in those truck beds; calling Jesus in Idaho; Stardust reduced to dust; can’t afford to live in Seattle; moose takes on helicopter in Alaska.

Related Stories

Fatalities in the energy fields: 2000-2006

At least 89 people died in the energy fields of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming during the last six years

Two Weeks in the West

Two weeks in the West

No yellow snow for Snowbowl; gonorrhea and meth: a match made in hell; split-estate bills in New Mexico and Colorado; Montana’s green energy bills languish; “Rocky Mountain High” second Colorado state song, bolo tie is official New Mexico neckwear.

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