Items by Jonathan Thompson
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.
Fisheries management is important to more than seafood lovers; it's a matter of life and death to Pacific Coast communities.
Are wind-turbine-fighting environmentalists re-enacting Don Quixote's crusade against windmills -- while ignoring the real monster of climate change?
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.
Surprise, Ariz., exemplifies the Arizona real estate collapse along with what many see as the rise and fall of the car-dependent Western exurb.
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.