Naruto won't be back in Konoha until January 2009.
The series is celebrating its 10th anniversary next year and WSJ is planning to go all out. The first issue of the year will feature Naruto on the cover and the chapter that appear in it will be the big pay-off everyone's been waiting for SO long : Naruto's Return!!
So, until then, for 3 more weeks (I think the year end issue is a double issue), it'll be more of the same.
Not that I am complaining, really. It SEEMS slow when you are reading 17 pages per week, but imagine reading this whole arc in one sitting. It'd be just a nice build-up for the hero's return.