Items by Jonathan Thompson

No ESA for sage grouse
Feds say iconic bird needs protection, but won't give it because of higher priorities
It's the population, stupid?
It's the population, stupid?
Some Westerners want to blame our environmental woes on overpopulation, but the problem is not that simple.
The trouble with monuments
The trouble with monuments
An internally conflicted rant on Obama's "secret list."
Thumbs up for Wyo's wind tax
It could put wind on par with fossil fuels in the nation's energy colony
Think a shock collar's cruel?
Try a trip Down Under
Housing hullabaloo
McMansion condos and affordable estates
Witches and rifles
The right to bear arms . . . and brews
AZ End-o'-days
Apocalyptic aliens, inclement weather, economic hangover . . . oh my!
The paradoxical call of the wild
The paradoxical call of the wild
Wolves may be returning to Colorado on their own 70 years after their deliberate extirpation from the state.
Map test
Water war, or peace?
Water war, or peace?
Western water agencies reluctantly confront the fact that there’s simply not enough water to go around.
Wyoming wind woes
Wyoming wind woes
A collage of images from Wyoming's wind country, where turbines are sprouting madly, and forces within the state are blowing back.
The messy mix of energy and sage grouse
The messy mix of energy and sage grouse
No one knows how wind energy will impact sage grouse. But many greens aren't ready to take any chances.
Wind Resistance
Wind Resistance
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.
Battle for the core of Wyoming
Battle for the core of Wyoming
Wyoming's sage grouse protection strategy gives fossil fuel elbow room while leaving wind energy out in the breeze.
When the sacred becomes toxic
When the sacred becomes toxic
As Native Americans use religion to save their sacred places, they need to remember that conflicts framed around faith often have unhappy endings.
Ski strangeness and caged chickens
From the skiocracy; factory farms everywhere; and of course, the republic of Sortofgreenski
Give language a chance
Give language a chance
Languages like Arapaho are dying all over the world, but is it possible, or even necessary, to try to save them all?
Interior scandal: Rated G(reen)
Interior scandal: Rated G(reen)
Recent scandals at the Interior Department – this time involving environmentalists – pale in magnitude (and luridness) compared to the agency's dalliances with industry.
Coming soon to MTV: The Oilfield Blowouts
This has got to be the weirdest thing I've seen today.
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...?
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