High Country News October 26, 2009
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.
Unregulated domestic wells are straining water supplies in Washington’s Yakima Valley and throughout the West.
Immigrants from around the world are changing traditionally white Western communities such as Boise, Idaho.
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Writers on the Range
Despite our reflexive fear of the word "socialism," the West was built on subsidized government efforts.
Denver's Emily Griffith School has taught English to immigrants and refugees since 1981.
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.
Norris Hundley's magisterial Water in the West is back in print to enlighten readers about water politics, especially the Colorado River Compact.
A writer remembers her father's unlikely political career, running as a Democrat in a Republican part of Colorado.
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.
Can the Red Bull generation of outdoor recreationists get serious about saving the planet?
Sixteen Westerners are among the 50 richest members of Congress today.
Two Weeks in the West
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
Not all environmentalists believe that pumped hydroelectric storage projects are a good way to achieve more renewable energy.
In dry eastern Washington, small farmers resent a corporate feedlot’s access to scarce water supplies.
Chan Kuoth's journey has taken him from Sudan to Tucson, Ariz., where he hopes to help other refugees.
Valentina Kabinov's family, Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union, fought for years to stay in the U.S.
Salam Talib, who barely escaped from Iraq with his life, now seeks a new beginning in San Francisco.
Tom Simbo, who faced down gun-toting soldiers in Sierra Leone, now works with other immigrants in Denver, Colo.
Placing the influx of refugees in the West in context.