Items by Jonathan Thompson

How the West made cheeseburgers cheap
How the West made cheeseburgers cheap
Our cheap food has a high price tag, especially for workers on the West’s big dairy farms.
Whose sovereignty is it?
Whose sovereignty is it?
The Hopi and Navajo governments have played the tired old card of locals vs. environmentalists. They got it wrong.
The newest Westerners
The newest Westerners
Immigrants from around the world are changing traditionally white Western communities such as Boise, Idaho.
Indians vs. Greens?
Indians vs. Greens?
In a controversial resolution, Hopi and Navajo politicians have told environmentalists – including grassroots Indian groups – that they are not welcome on the Rez.
Suck this, Vegas!
Suck this, Vegas!
With climate change threatening water supplies, and the economy slowing growth in the West's thirstiest cities, it's time for a paradigm shift.
Con: The cult of canning exposed
Con: The cult of canning exposed
Some consider it a harmless rite of autumn, but home canning has all the hallmarks of a dangerous religious cult.
HCN reader photo: Dead television
This week's pic pick.
UnBEARable
Bruin bullies make the rounds in Colorado; in homes, cars and skate parks.
Serpentine Siamese Split
Conjoined snakes go under the knife.
Animal Farm Gone Crazy
Horse massacres, duck-killing, cow tongues and hog-tying--all part of the next American Revolution...?
Today's best fire pics
Wildfires are scary, but they sure do make for good photography.
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.