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High Country News August 22, 2011

Looking for Balance in Navajoland


Navajo Monster Slayers: a tribe struggles to fight corruption

The West's largest tribe works to reform its government -- while keeping its traditions strong.


Idaho: The CAFO state?

Idaho rolls out the welcome mat for chicken farms and other huge livestock operations.

Invasion of the feral pigs

Feral pigs are invading New Mexico and other Western states, but biologists are working hard to stop them.

Toads on high: tracking and photographing boreal toads

Biologists trek high into the Colorado Rockies in search of the rare amphibian.

Down and out in the West

Western jobless rates are still high, even as the national economy appears to be slumping again.

Editor's Note

Relying on Navajo guides

In this issue's feature story, reporter Marilyn Berlin Snell turns to Navajo guides to understand the challenges facing today's tribal government.

Dear Friends

The Taj Mahal, the pyramids - and HCN?

Summer visitors; corrections and clarifications.

Writers on the Range

The casual violence of driving

We seldom notice the animals killed by today's fast-moving cars, unless we're traveling slowly, on a bicycle.

Book Reviews

A life in the wild

Carter Niemeyer's memoir Wolfer is the entertaining story of a government trapper who loves wildlife - especially serious predators like wolves.


River rafting -- no car required

How to enjoy a summer raft trip, fossil-fuel-free.

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