Items by Jonathan Thompson

Ski industry supports cloud seeding but downplays climate change
Ski industry supports cloud seeding but downplays climate change
Getting skiers on the slopes is less about actual snow and more about getting skiers to believe there is snow.
Coal's gasping on the Colorado Plateau
Do agreements to shut down units at two of the West's biggest plants signal the end of the dirty fuel?
The sad tale of Shiprock South
A failed development in northwestern New Mexico highlights the severe need for housing on the Navajo Nation
China v. Utah: Whose air is worse?
China v. Utah: Whose air is worse?
It’s hard to tell Beijing from Salt Lake when pollution clouds the air.
Where the wealth is
The Census Bureau maps the Five Percent and reveals some disturbing trends.
In a rural Colorado valley, old-fashioned print news lives on
In a rural Colorado valley, old-fashioned print news lives on
The Saguache Crescent prints on an ancient letterpress machine, no computers necessary.
Can the West have its own Energiewende?
Los Angeles adopts a German-like feed-in-tariff to encourage rooftop solar
Which way will the West go on guns?
Which way will the West go on guns?
Pro-gun Western Democrats are in the spotlight as the nation debates non-traditional firearms.
A twittering elk in Boulder
And more oddities from Heard around the West
Energy geeks rejoice!
Our quickie guide to trivial, extraction-related iPhone apps
Sign-hating Californians
And more oddities from Heard around the West
Transmission: The missing link in the renewables revolution
Want a lot of solar and wind? Then you'll need a lot of power lines
The Wild and not so gun-loving West
The Wild and not so gun-loving West
Historically, the West was not as infatuated with guns as you may think.
There ain't no app for that
The Saguache Crescent still prints every week, on a letterpress
The wild and not so gun-loving West
The Old West was wild at times, but the notion that it was saturated with guns is false
2012 in numbers
The author tries to save the world from doom by listing important energy and climate figures
Portlandia, Utah?
Concealed weapons at the University of Colorado
What's the matter with New Mexico
The Land of Enchantment's economy is in the dumps, and the fiscal cliff will hit hard
Salazar's horse sensitivity
Election crazies in Arizona
The End is nigh (or at least it's really dry)
An update on the drought situation in the West
A new measure of poverty shifts rankings in the West
A new measure of poverty shifts rankings in the West
When determining who is poor, the Census Bureau takes geography into account in its Supplemental Poverty Measure.
When deer attack dogs
A cautionary tale about canine and wildlife interactions
Cementing demand for coal
In Southwestern Colorado a coal mine owned by a Mexican cement company thrives
The water project that wouldn't die
The Animas-La Plata project in southwestern Colorado nears completion, 70 years after it started
Coal production and employment in two regions
Annual share of fossil fuel-fired electric power generation, 1950-2012
Economics, not environmental regs, are battering coal power
Economics, not environmental regs, are battering coal power
If King Coal wants a boost, it should go after "Drill Baby Drill."
King Coal is still King
Peabody Energy will cut 1,000 jobs, but it is not because of hard times.
How the Mormon GOP runs Utah with a collectivist touch
How the Mormon GOP runs Utah with a collectivist touch
One of the most conservative states in the nation has built one of the healthiest economies not with purely laissez-faire policies, but with a dose of federal dollars and central planning.
Is the Western growth machine coming out of its coma?
Home prices show signs of recovery in Phoenix, but hopes for a return to boom times are delusional
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