Items by Jonathan Thompson

A 100-pound pet tortoise wanders away, and cats are still killing birds.
Terrorized by coyotes, denied a school lunch, and a controversial superbowl ad
The Vegas Paradox
The Vegas Paradox
In Sin City, excess and efficiency walk hand-in-hand.
Drought, Glen Canyon Dam, climate change and God
Drought, Glen Canyon Dam, climate change and God
Stopping by the dam during a days-long experimental flood, it's clear that even this massive feat of engineering can't fix the arid West.
Tribal casinos don’t like competition
Tribal casinos don’t like competition
The Fort Sill Apache want to build a casino in New Mexico, but established gaming tribes oppose their efforts.
Moving on up in the oil patch
Moving on up in the oil patch
Are the West’s energy fields the last bastion of the American Dream?