Items by Jonathan Thompson
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tries gun-play in his battle with Sharron Angle, and former poli-sci prof Dina Titus tries to keep her Nevada House seat out of Joe Heck's reach.
Colorado voters are almost evenly split between Republicans, Democrats and the nonaffiliated, including the Tea Party -- and a Salazar looks vulnerable.
California flashes back to the 1970s with campaigns to legalize marijuana and re-elect Jerry Brown as governor, while other key races are also sizzling hot.
When Obama plucked Janet Napolitano out of the governor's seat to run Homeland Security, he surrendered Arizona to the ultra-conservatives.
Leonard Burch, Sam Maynes, Bob Zahradnik and John Jurrius have all helped the Southern Utes build their energy empire.
Maps reveal the amount of land the tribe lost over the years -- and show how huge its current business empire had become.
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.
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- Richard H Ernst on The taxpayer money that fuels federal land transfer demands