Items by Jonathan Thompson

Summer's almost over (and fire season is here)
The West is burning, from California to Colorado
A wedding, a story
A wedding, a story
Visitors; editor's note on Gary Paul Nabhan's piece about Jon Jarvis.
How yuppies killed, and saved, the family farm
How yuppies killed, and saved, the family farm
Western Colorado is seeing an unexpected agricultural revival, thanks in part to affluent outsiders creating a market for local food and wine.
Natural gas, the miracle fuel!
After a flurry of industry lobbying, Dems and greens get gassy.
Welcome to the Grange!
HCN has a new, community-oriented blog.
Scorpions take wing
Travel-sized scare at 40,000 feet.
HCN's favorite Tweeple
You may despise Twitter. But it can be valuable.
Careful with that chainsaw...
A novel way to handle a cougar attack.
Striking finish
Lightning and falling fawns endanger runners of the Hardrock Hundred.
Why one Coloradan cares about fish quotas
Why one Coloradan cares about fish quotas
Fisheries management is important to more than seafood lovers; it's a matter of life and death to Pacific Coast communities.
6,000 years without enviro laws
What happens when you combine uranium, creationism and Arizona politicians?
Modern-day La Mancha
Modern-day La Mancha
Are wind-turbine-fighting environmentalists re-enacting Don Quixote's crusade against windmills -- while ignoring the real monster of climate change?
Landscapes of power
HCN Road Trip: Day 1
Poor Lake Powell
Dreams of a full reservoir dashed again
It's the economy -- and growth and the environment -- stupid!
It's the economy -- and growth and the environment -- stupid!
The economic collapse – with its attendant slowdown in mining, drilling and development – gives Westerners a chance to pause and rethink the way we use the land.
After the crash
When the economic meltdown ends, will the West be permanently changed?
Surprise!
Surprise!
Surprise, Ariz., exemplifies the Arizona real estate collapse along with what many see as the rise and fall of the car-dependent Western exurb.
Tent cities and what they tell us
Tent cities and what they tell us
Most Americans associate slums with places like Mumbai, India, but all over the West, tent cities and shantytowns are springing up to house the dispossessed.
Slumdog U.S.A.
Slumdog U.S.A.
Most Americans associate slums with places like Mumbai, India. But they exist here, too.
INNOVATE, Part II
INNOVATE, Part II
Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking: Green detective, Healthcare for the hard up, Developing to stop development, Low carbon brews and more.
Mixed messages
Gas drilling buoys the economy ... or not.
Fueling the fire in Mexico
Dealers on this side of the border provide guns to drug cartels south of the border.
Decriminalizing drugs could stop the violence on the border
Decriminalizing drugs could stop the violence on the border
Decriminalizing drugs won’t solve all our problems, but it would certainly make life safer for the people along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The importance of memory
The West has a peculiar kind of amnesia when it comes to its Cold War nuclear-weapons-building past.
Legalize It
The only solution to the bloodbath at the border?
Is America ready for the rails?
More business travelers would choose Amtrak if the trains were faster – or if people could get work done during long journeys.
In case you're having a good day...
...this ought to put a damper on things.
Waking up to coal's other mess
A Tennessee disaster opens the public's eyes to a nationwide problem.
Drilling the Democrats
Jonathan Thompson says that Barack Obama -- caught between the threat of global warming and demands for energy independence -- is unlikely to end drilling in the West.
As Interior Turns
During the last eight years, Bush’s Interior Department has been embroiled in enough corruption, sex and scandal to fuel several soap operas.