Items by Jonathan Thompson
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.
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.
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- Rich & Terry Fairbanks on Rural communities in the West need a fair shake
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