Items by Jonathan Thompson

The Ute Paradox
The Ute Paradox
The Southern Utes overcame poverty and oppression to become a wealthy and powerful tribe with nationwide energy holdings.
So long, Paonia
So long, Paonia
Jonathan Thompson, High Country News's former editor-in-chief, is moving to Germany with his family.
Culture of the Canyon
When the author ventures down the Colorado on a raft, he discovers a world of wonders -- and a little bit of himself.
Wilderness by committee
Wilderness by committee
Complicated deals are being made over wilderness protection in Colorado and in San Juan County, Utah.
High Country ...
Bandits?
On the river
A water battle, of the inflatable sort
The cyber-gasfield
"Pump It Up" on this social network!
More grousing
More grousing
The federal government says sage grouse deserve protection, but delays listing the birds under the Endangered Species Act.
Wheatpastin' the Rez
Turn up the volume and watch the street artist Jetsonorama at work.
When you carry your home with you, when are you home?
When you carry your home with you, when are you home?
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.
See you in Spring
See you in Spring
Skipped issue; Paonia's "Miracle of the Market"; Sam Hamilton's obituary
No ESA for sage grouse
Feds say iconic bird needs protection, but won't give it because of higher priorities
It's the population, stupid?
It's the population, stupid?
Some Westerners want to blame our environmental woes on overpopulation, but the problem is not that simple.
The trouble with monuments
An internally conflicted rant on Obama's "secret list." In two parts.
Thumbs up for Wyo's wind tax
It could put wind on par with fossil fuels in the nation's energy colony
Think a shock collar's cruel?
Try a trip Down Under
Housing hullabaloo
McMansion condos and affordable estates
Witches and rifles
The right to bear arms . . . and brews
AZ End-o'-days
Apocalyptic aliens, inclement weather, economic hangover . . . oh my!
The paradoxical call of the wild
The paradoxical call of the wild
Wolves may be returning to Colorado on their own 70 years after their deliberate extirpation from the state.
Map test
Wyoming wind woes
Wyoming wind woes
A collage of images from Wyoming's wind country, where turbines are sprouting madly, and forces within the state are blowing back.
The messy mix of energy and sage grouse
The messy mix of energy and sage grouse
No one knows how wind energy will impact sage grouse. But many greens aren't ready to take any chances.
Wind Resistance
Wind Resistance
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.
Battle for the core of Wyoming
Battle for the core of Wyoming
Wyoming's sage grouse protection strategy gives fossil fuel elbow room while leaving wind energy out in the breeze.
When the sacred becomes toxic
When the sacred becomes toxic
As Native Americans use religion to save their sacred places, they need to remember that conflicts framed around faith often have unhappy endings.
Ski strangeness and caged chickens
From the skiocracy; factory farms everywhere; and of course, the republic of Sortofgreenski
Give language a chance
Give language a chance
Languages like Arapaho are dying all over the world, but is it possible, or even necessary, to try to save them all?
Interior scandal: Rated G(reen)
Interior scandal: Rated G(reen)
Recent scandals at the Interior Department – this time involving environmentalists – pale in magnitude (and luridness) compared to the agency's dalliances with industry.
Coming soon to MTV: The Oilfield Blowouts
This has got to be the weirdest thing I've seen today.