Items by Jonathan Thompson
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.
The Hopi and Navajo governments have played the tired old card of locals vs. environmentalists. They got it wrong.
Immigrants from around the world are changing traditionally white Western communities such as Boise, Idaho.
In a controversial resolution, Hopi and Navajo politicians have told environmentalists – including grassroots Indian groups – that they are not welcome on the Rez.
With climate change threatening water supplies, and the economy slowing growth in the West's thirstiest cities, it's time for a paradigm shift.
Some consider it a harmless rite of autumn, but home canning has all the hallmarks of a dangerous religious cult.
Horse massacres, duck-killing, cow tongues and hog-tying--all part of the next American Revolution...?
Western Colorado is seeing an unexpected agricultural revival, thanks in part to affluent outsiders creating a market for local food and wine.
- Sarah Gilman on Closure of federal sheep facility would be a victory for grizzlies
- Gretchen King on Sage grouse found walking through Wyoming underpass
- Robb Cadwell on We can do our part to defuse the West
- Robb Cadwell on Wyoming grapples with how to fund wildlife conservation
- guy zoellner on A young mule stringer helps keep a dying profession alive