Magazine
The newest Westerners

October 26, 2009

Refugees struggle to find a home in an unfamiliar land.

Feature

Refugees unsettle the West
Refugees unsettle the West
In Greeley, Colorado, a meatpacking plant observes Muslim traditions such as Ramadan while multicultural refugees adapt to the West's very different landscape and culture.

Sidebar

A loophole you can squeeze a feedlot through
In dry eastern Washington, small farmers resent a corporate feedlot’s access to scarce water supplies.
An orphan heads to college
An orphan heads to college
Chan Kuoth's journey has taken him from Sudan to Tucson, Ariz., where he hopes to help other refugees.
A hard-fought immigration victory
Valentina Kabinov's family, Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union, fought for years to stay in the U.S.
Seeking a vocation in no-man's land
Seeking a vocation in no-man's land
Salam Talib, who barely escaped from Iraq with his life, now seeks a new beginning in San Francisco.
A new kind of ministry
A new kind of ministry
Tom Simbo, who faced down gun-toting soldiers in Sierra Leone, now works with other immigrants in Denver, Colo.
Refugees, by the numbers
Placing the influx of refugees in the West in context.

Editor's Note

The newest Westerners
The newest Westerners
Immigrants from around the world are changing traditionally white Western communities such as Boise, Idaho.

Current

Death by a thousand wells
Death by a thousand wells
Unregulated domestic wells are straining water supplies in Washington’s Yakima Valley and throughout the West.

Essays

My father’s political career
My father’s political career
A writer remembers her father's unlikely political career, running as a Democrat in a Republican part of Colorado.

Book Reviews

Still riding the edge
Still riding the edge
In her memoir, Riding the Edge of an Era, Diana Allen Kouris relates the life described in her subtitle’s words: Growing Up Cowboy on the Outlaw Trail.
The diplomacy of water
Norris Hundley's magisterial Water in the West is back in print to enlighten readers about water politics, especially the Colorado River Compact.

Perspective

Our national parks: Another idea
Our national parks: Another idea
In 1832, artist George Catlin came up with the idea of a system of "nation's parks" to preserve human cultures and wildlife and scenery.

Writers on the Range

Socialism and the West
Socialism and the West
Despite our reflexive fear of the word "socialism," the West was built on subsidized government efforts.

Dear Friends

Buddy, can ya spare a subscription?
Buddy, can ya spare a subscription?
Anonymous benefactor provides HCN subscriptions; hiking and peach-picking visitors; correction.

News

More than English
More than English
Denver's Emily Griffith School has taught English to immigrants and refugees since 1981.

Focus

Conservation for the adrenaline crowd
Can the Red Bull generation of outdoor recreationists get serious about saving the planet?

Evidence

The good seats don't come cheap
The good seats don't come cheap
Sixteen Westerners are among the 50 richest members of Congress today.

Two Weeks in the West

Indians vs. Greens?
Indians vs. Greens?
In a controversial resolution, Hopi and Navajo politicians have told environmentalists – including grassroots Indian groups – that they are not welcome on the Rez.

How it Works

Watts of water
Watts of water
Not all environmentalists believe that pumped hydroelectric storage projects are a good way to achieve more renewable energy.

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