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High Country News July 25, 2011

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The Global West: how foreign investment fuels resource extraction in western states

China's insatiable energy appetite is fueling a natural resource boom in the West.


Milestone in Cobell Indian trust case

Elouise Cobell's long-running lawsuit over Indian trust accounts appears to be finally reaching a settlement.

The fight over a much-needed pesticide: methyl iodide

California places tough restrictions on the pesticide methyl iodide, but opponents believe that's not enough to protect workers and the environment.

Montana's stream access law stays strong

The Montana Legislature abandons an attempt to tighten the state's permissive stream-access laws.

Can YOU carry a concealed weapon in Wyoming? A guide

Wyoming's concealed-carry laws have been liberalized, but that doesn't mean that everybody can pack pistols in their pockets.

Editor's Note

The return of the Lords of Yesterday

The West's once-faltering extractive economy is roaring back to life, powered by the energy needs of developing countries like China.

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HCN enters the digital world

HCN board and staff discuss digital media; visitors; correction.

Uncommon Westerners

A former energy company lawyer now fights for the other side

Attorney Lance Astrella represents landowners coping with oil and gas development on their doorsteps.

Book Reviews

An L.A. story, in incidents and rhythms: A review of The Book of Want

Daniel Olivas' novel uses magical realism to describe the lives of a Mexican-American family in Los Angeles.

Building a bridge to love: A review of Randy Lopez Goes Home

Rudolfo Anaya's new novel brings a Chicano man back to his remote New Mexican village.


Wedding in the shadowed valley

What do you do when you're hit by doubts on the very morning of your wedding?

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