Items by Jonathan Thompson
The Southern Utes overcame poverty and oppression to become a wealthy and powerful tribe with nationwide energy holdings.
Jonathan Thompson, High Country News's former editor-in-chief, is moving to Germany with his family.
When the author ventures down the Colorado on a raft, he discovers a world of wonders -- and a little bit of himself.
Complicated deals are being made over wilderness protection in Colorado and in San Juan County, Utah.
The federal government says sage grouse deserve protection, but delays listing the birds under the Endangered Species Act.
The thousands of RVers who gather in Quartzsite, Ariz., every winter create in an impromptu community that might as well be in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
Some Westerners want to blame our environmental woes on overpopulation, but the problem is not that simple.
Wolves may be returning to Colorado on their own 70 years after their deliberate extirpation from the state.
A collage of images from Wyoming's wind country, where turbines are sprouting madly, and forces within the state are blowing back.
No one knows how wind energy will impact sage grouse. But many greens aren't ready to take any chances.
Wyoming is one of the best places in the world to generate power from wind. But the wind rush is running into opposition from greens, and the fossil fuel industry.
Wyoming's sage grouse protection strategy gives fossil fuel elbow room while leaving wind energy out in the breeze.
As Native Americans use religion to save their sacred places, they need to remember that conflicts framed around faith often have unhappy endings.
Languages like Arapaho are dying all over the world, but is it possible, or even necessary, to try to save them all?
Recent scandals at the Interior Department – this time involving environmentalists – pale in magnitude (and luridness) compared to the agency's dalliances with industry.