High Country News November 28, 2011
Viva Farms is a "farm incubator" in Washington's Skagit Valley that helps aspiring cash-poor farmers like Nelida Martinez start and successfully operate their own businesses.
When a giant dairy proposed building near Jerry Nivens' beloved New Mexico home, the chain-smoking Texas hermit became an activist who organized other locals to fight the industry.
The old Ute-Ule mine site outside Lake City, Colo., is under scrutiny by the Hardrock Revision Team, which wants to clean up the mine and yet preserve it as a living and historic work of art.
As the West's population and real estate boom stumble to a halt, the once fast-growing Southwest is filled with foreclosed homes and undeveloped lots.
Overstretched game wardens like Colorado's Tom Knowles rely on tips from hotline informants to catch elusive poachers.
The U.S. continues to trail the rest of the world in high-speed rail development, as California's long-planned bullet train is delayed yet again.
Sarahlee Lawrence and Amy Ridout are part of a wave of young farmers determined to remake the American food system.
High Country News publishes Green Gift Guide; HCN has some delivery problems, but Becca Clarren's baby delivery goes perfectly; late fall visitors; "Possessing the Wild" missed some lines; and corrections.
Frustrated by the difficulty of finding kosher meat from humanely raised animals, Rabbi Hersh Saunders began raising livestock and learned to butcher in the ritual way as a shochet.
Mary Doria Russell brings the real-life historical character Doc Holliday to imaginative life in her novel, Doc, which focuses on the time he spent working as a tubercular dentist in Dodge City, Kan., long before the OK Corral.
Héctor Tobar's ferocious new novel, The Barbarian Nurseries, stars a Mexican housekeeper who works for a dysfunctional family and accidentally gets caught up in the national fury over illegal immigration.
If you want to be driven crazy by the wind, try canoeing and camping on Montana's Marias River.
A woman warrior for the Blackfeet Nation, Elouise Cobell is laid to rest just as the landmark class-action lawsuit she led on behalf of Indian trust funds is finally settled.