High Country News August 31, 2009
A combination of lax laws and poor oversight leaves dairy workers vulnerable to exploitation and on-the-job dangers.
The Oglala Lakota are determined to reclaim both their land and cultural heritage.
Our cheap food has a high price tag, especially for workers on the West’s big dairy farms.
Visitors; editor's note on Gary Paul Nabhan's piece about Jon Jarvis.
Maurice McKinney has long delighted the staff of High Country News with lively letters about his life as a rockhound.
Guiseppena Bellandi Perry remembers the events -- and the husbands -- who brought her from her native Italy to the desert of Needles, Calif.
In Crow Planet, Lyanda Lynn Haupt looks to the corvid family for lessons about life.
Native American literature is collected and analyzed in the anthology In Beauty I Walk.
Timber companies and unemployed workers are looking to renewable energy for an economic boost.
State parks are facing a budget crisis all their own, especially in California.
Two Weeks in the West
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 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.