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  • Blood spills over a $14 camping fee

    In the wake of a confrontation over a camping fee that ended in a tourist’s death, a former park ranger remembers a frightening incident from his own career

  • One Nation, Under Fire

    The Sonoran Desert homeland of the Tohono O’odham Nation has become a nerve-wracking police state, caught in the crossfire between drug and immigrant smugglers and the U.S. Border Patrol.

  • The theology of growth

    The problem of gang violence in Salt Lake City offers a disturbing glimpse into the conflicted soul of Utah and the rest of the rapidly growing West

  • Problems in Paradise

    The brutal murder of a Japanese tourist shines an unwelcome spotlight on the social problems plaguing Arizona’s beautiful but troubled Havasupai Reservation

  • Guns R Us

    Westerners have always been deeply in love with their firearms, and gun-shop owners like Ryan Horsley are determined to make sure that nothing comes between them

  • Ready, aim, compromise

    With this issue on guns in the West, High Country News hopes to encourage people across the political spectrum to talk about sane gun policy rather than indulge in rabid rhetorical gunplay

  • An alphabetical speed-load of state-by-state gun facts

    The West’s gun laws are an unbelievable hodgepodge, but in general the region is very friendly toward firearms

  • Make my state gun a popgun

    Make my state gun a popgun

    Now that Utah's aiming to designate an Official State Gun, what firearms will the other Western states decide to honor?

  • Tribes tackle taggers

    Rural Indian communities such as Colorado’s Ute Mountain Ute Reservation are seeing a disturbing rise in urban-style gangs and gang-related violence

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