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High Country News March 16, 2009

Innovate

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INNOVATE, Part I

Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking, as this special issue of HCN shows.

Tarp Nation

Throughout the West, tent cities and shantytowns with names like Taco Flat have sprung up to house the poor and dispossessed.

INNOVATE, Part II

Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking: Green detective, Healthcare for the hard up, Developing to stop development, Low carbon brews and more.

INNOVATE, Part III

Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking, such as: Redefining rancher politics, A rediscovered renewable, Creating public nooks and crannies and more.

Editor's Note

Slumdog U.S.A.

Most Americans associate slums with places like Mumbai, India. But they exist here, too.

Essays

The Universe on Blacktop

A Colorado family finds satisfaction -- and cash -- in scavenging metal for recycling.

Dear Friends

See you in April!

High Country News skips an issue; Western water books; kudos for HCN’s writers; clarification and correction.

Book Reviews

History viewed through gunsights

Hal Herring traces the history of the American West through its guns and the people who used them in Famous Firearms of the Old West.

Raising cows -- and kids -- in the West

In The Family Ranch: Land, Children and Tradition in the American West, Linda Hussa looks at the way modern rural families live their lives.

Two Weeks in the West

Changeable weather

Western environmentalists get good news about Yucca Mountain, but face challenges from state legislatures. Also: Americans finally reduce their driving miles.

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