Magazine
Water Rights Digital Edition

June 24, 2013

Latino communities in California's Central Valley struggle with water pollution, plus the West's rising importance as a helium producer, Hal Herring's take on oil and gas exploitation along Montana's Rocky Mountain Front, and more.

Feature

California farm communities suffer tainted drinking water
California farm communities suffer tainted drinking water
In California's agricultural hub, the Central Valley, Latino communities fight for clean water.

Current

The ATV culture includes loose regulations -- and kids' funerals
The ATV culture includes loose regulations -- and kids' funerals
Western kids have fun -- and die -- motoring off-road, thanks to loose ATV regulations, a libertarian spirit and fun-loving parents.
Crossing the border gets deadlier
Crossing the border gets deadlier
Fewer people are trying to cross the Southwest border, but a higher percentage are dying
Sequestration sinks stream gauges
Sequestration sinks stream gauges
Budget cuts force the U.S. Geological Survey to idle gauges across the country.
The Rocky Mountain Front blues
The Rocky Mountain Front blues
A journalist reflects on energy development on his home turf.
Helium rising in the West
Helium rising in the West
The region has become an important source of the technologically vital gas.
The Latest: A gold tax in the Silver State?
The Latest: A gold tax in the Silver State?
Voters will decide if Nevada should finally increase the taxes mining companies pay
The Latest: A New Mexico county is first in the nation to ban fracking
The Latest: A New Mexico county is first in the nation to ban fracking
Mora County joins a national trend in local control over oil and gas development

Editor's Note

People are very much a part of HCN's environmental coverage
People are very much a part of HCN's environmental coverage
Latino farmworker communities in California's Central Valley suffer from polluted drinking water -- and High Country News can't ignore it.

Essays

Becoming pronghorn: an essay
Becoming pronghorn: an essay
Remembering wildlife biologist James Yoakum, who loved to study pronghorn

Dear Friends

Time is running out to get the poster!
Time is running out to get the poster!
Colorado River poster available; skipped issue in early June; clarification

Book Reviews

Acting the part
Acting the part
A gay Mexican actor conceals his identity in Alex Espinoza's 'The Five Acts of Diego León'.
Investigating an epic war of populations
Investigating an epic war of populations
In "The Searchers," Glenn Frankel examines the myth of the kidnapping of Cynthia Ann Parker by Comanche Indians.
Book review: A Natural History of the Santa Catalinas, Arizona
Book review: A Natural History of the Santa Catalinas, Arizona
A review of A Natural History of the Santa Catalinas, Arizona, by Richard C. Brusca and Wendy Moore

Letters