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High Country News October 26, 2009

The newest Westerners


Refugees unsettle the West

In Greeley, Colorado, a meatpacking plant observes Muslim traditions such as Ramadan while multicultural refugees adapt to the West's very different landscape and culture.


Death by a thousand wells

Unregulated domestic wells are straining water supplies in Washington’s Yakima Valley and throughout the West.

Editor's Note

The newest Westerners

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

Dear Friends

Buddy, can ya spare a subscription?

Anonymous benefactor provides HCN subscriptions; hiking and peach-picking visitors; correction.

Writers on the Range

Socialism and the West

Despite our reflexive fear of the word "socialism," the West was built on subsidized government efforts.


More than English

Denver's Emily Griffith School has taught English to immigrants and refugees since 1981.

Book Reviews

Still riding the edge

In her memoir, Riding the Edge of an Era, Diana Allen Kouris relates the life described in her subtitle’s words: Growing Up Cowboy on the Outlaw Trail.

The diplomacy of water

Norris Hundley's magisterial Water in the West is back in print to enlighten readers about water politics, especially the Colorado River Compact.


My father's political career

A writer remembers her father's unlikely political career, running as a Democrat in a Republican part of Colorado.


Our national parks: Another idea

In 1832, artist George Catlin came up with the idea of a system of "nation's parks" to preserve human cultures and wildlife and scenery.


Conservation for the adrenaline crowd

Can the Red Bull generation of outdoor recreationists get serious about saving the planet?


The good seats don't come cheap

Sixteen Westerners are among the 50 richest members of Congress today.

Two Weeks in the West

Indians vs. Greens?

In a controversial resolution, Hopi and Navajo politicians have told environmentalists – including grassroots Indian groups – that they are not welcome on the Rez.

How it Works

Watts of water

Not all environmentalists believe that pumped hydroelectric storage projects are a good way to achieve more renewable energy.


A loophole you can squeeze a feedlot through

In dry eastern Washington, small farmers resent a corporate feedlot’s access to scarce water supplies.

An orphan heads to college

Chan Kuoth's journey has taken him from Sudan to Tucson, Ariz., where he hopes to help other refugees.

A hard-fought immigration victory

Valentina Kabinov's family, Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union, fought for years to stay in the U.S.

Seeking a vocation in no-man's land

Salam Talib, who barely escaped from Iraq with his life, now seeks a new beginning in San Francisco.

A new kind of ministry

Tom Simbo, who faced down gun-toting soldiers in Sierra Leone, now works with other immigrants in Denver, Colo.

Refugees, by the numbers

Placing the influx of refugees in the West in context.

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