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High Country News August 31, 2009

The dark side of dairies


The dark side of dairies

A combination of lax laws and poor oversight leaves dairy workers vulnerable to exploitation and on-the-job dangers.


A new land grab

The Oglala Lakota are determined to reclaim both their land and cultural heritage.

Editor's Note

How the West made cheeseburgers cheap

Our cheap food has a high price tag, especially for workers on the West’s big dairy farms.

Dear Friends

A wedding, a story

Visitors; editor's note on Gary Paul Nabhan's piece about Jon Jarvis.

Romancing the stone

Maurice McKinney has long delighted the staff of High Country News with lively letters about his life as a rockhound.

Uncommon Westerners

From Tuscany to the Mohave

Guiseppena Bellandi Perry remembers the events -- and the husbands -- who brought her from her native Italy to the desert of Needles, Calif.

Book Reviews

As the crow flies

In Crow Planet, Lyanda Lynn Haupt looks to the corvid family for lessons about life.

Writers of the Native American Renaissance

Native American literature is collected and analyzed in the anthology In Beauty I Walk.


Solar salvation?

Timber companies and unemployed workers are looking to renewable energy for an economic boost.

Agency Watch

Lawless future

State parks are facing a budget crisis all their own, especially in California.

Two Weeks in the West

The new Third World

While some Americans fight over healthcare reform, others line up at dawn to receive free care at a temporary clinic in Los Angeles.



Firefighters are dying for different reasons as wildfires in the West become more extreme.


Dairy injuries and deaths 2003-2009

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.

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