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High Country News May 28, 2007

Problems In Paradise

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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

Editor's Note

A common problem

There’s a great diversity among American Indians, but the tribes share some of the same tragic ills that plague the rest of society – particularly those caused by methamphetamine abuse

Dear Friends

Dear friends

New HCN interns Morgan Heim and Eve Rickert; visitors

Uncommon Westerners

Fightin’ against the feds

Utah state Rep. Mike Noel is still fighting the federal government over Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

News

The deer departed

A plan to reduce the number of exotic deer at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore through birth control may end up doing little but alienating hunters

Weathering the academic storm

Dan Donato, whose controversial study on salvage logging sparked an academic firestorm, talks about his research and all it provoked

Voluntary excess

As its budget shrinks, the National Park Service relies more and more on volunteers – and critics say that is not necessarily healthy

Book Reviews

A poet’s novel of the San Luis Valley

In Rise, Do Not Be Afraid, poet Aaron Abeyta explores the lives of the people who lived and loved in the long-lost town of Santa Rita in Colorado’s remote San Luis Valley

Longing for a buried past

Rick Bass’ new short story collection, The Lives of Rocks, proves that his fierce environmental activism has not diminished the intensity of his storytelling genius

Essays

Of feral dogs, and feral Westerners

Westerners like to romanticize our wide-open spaces and wild wolves, but in rural areas, our real mascot is the ubiquitous feral dog

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West

Montana Republican erupts on YouTube; Dogs at Work in Oregon; “Dynamite Shoot” uses real dynamite; wildlife thrives on military bases; “Liberal elk hunting season” in Wyoming; guns beat swords in Utah; taking the cab to Arizona

Two Weeks in the West

Two weeks in the West

Chefs fight for salmon, and uranium gets hotter; electricity usage and generation in the West; data on park fees and visitors

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