Items by Jonathan Thompson

Economics, not environmental regs, are battering coal power
Economics, not environmental regs, are battering coal power
If King Coal wants a boost, it should go after "Drill Baby Drill."
King Coal is still King
Peabody Energy will cut 1,000 jobs, but it is not because of hard times.
How the Mormon GOP runs Utah with a collectivist touch
How the Mormon GOP runs Utah with a collectivist touch
One of the most conservative states in the nation has built one of the healthiest economies not with purely laissez-faire policies, but with a dose of federal dollars and central planning.
Is the Western growth machine coming out of its coma?
Home prices show signs of recovery in Phoenix, but hopes for a return to boom times are delusional
Collectivists for Christ!
Collectivists for Christ!
While the media tends to paint Mormons with a uber-capitalist brush, the church's roots are actually planted in an almost Marxist theory of equal distribution of wealth.
Western economies at a glance
Western economies at a glance
How the Western states are doing in various economic indicators
This rich Republican Mormon spreads the wealth
Marriner S. Eccles, a prominent Utah banker and businessman, helped build the foundation for the New Deal
Drilling into the data
A few charts show the decline of the natural gas industry in Colorado
Bobcat kittens fall in love with firefighters
And Portland toilet dedications
Fraudulent corn robberies
And Las Vegas bull escapes
OPEC invades Hollywood!
The Heritage Foundation exposes a sinister, Arab nation-funded plot, that uses Matt Damon to destroy America's energy industry
Brigham Young the enlightened one
The "American Moses" may have been a theocratic, autocratic zealot, but he had his moments
The great New Mexican juniper massacre
The great New Mexican juniper massacre
On public land in New Mexico, firewood-hunters have illegally cut down hundreds of old-growth juniper trees, much to the dismay of the Bureau of Land Management and environmental activists.
Bloodsuckers in California
Also, Russian wildland terrorists and ground squirrel invaders
Is Lake Powell really shrinking?
Drought has dealt a blow to the reservoir, but it's not drying up yet
Dark days for bovines
And for prairie dogs, too
Romney energy plan more of the same
The GOP presidential candidate becomes the gajillionth politician to tout energy independence
The two-wheeled stimulus plan
Can a big bike race make up for the loss of revenue in fire- and recession-battered towns?
Help us cover the New New West
We need your on-the-ground observations for our "communities in transition" beat
Get on the bus
The West has more mass transit than you might expect. Why aren't more (rich) people using it?
Price matters
How the natural gas glut is rippling across the economies and landscapes of the West (with charts!)
On droughts and fires past
Looking back can give us some perspective -- maybe even comfort -- in extreme times
Three days in the Four Corners
Three days in the Four Corners
A loop around the Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet, leads into a land of both historical and geological friction.
Getting strange with land art
Watch a video that's just "a little too weird" for HCN editors!
The Atlas of the Industrial West
The Atlas of the Industrial West
An annotated map shows you how to find some of the West's odder sites, such as old bombing ranges, giant dams, huge industrial projects and giant telescope arrays.
Land art of the West: An interactive map
Land art of the West: An interactive map
A guide to some of the West's most prominent pieces of land art or earthworks and some of the altered landscapes that interested or inspired land artists.
Exploring the West's land sculptures -- made by artists and industry
Exploring the West's land sculptures -- made by artists and industry
A land-art-inspired ramble takes the writer from Michael Heizer's Double Negative, to Robert Smithson's underwater Spiral Jetty, with detours to places including the Bingham Canyon copper mine.
Our first travel issue
Our first travel issue
We're all tourists in someone else's town, all of us just wandering through the world, so why not do a special issue on travel in the West?
Got the gold bug? Tour a mine.
It might just cure you
Swiss, salt flats and the sublime
The author joins a European tour of the post-industrial landscape of the Great Salt Lake