Items by Jonathan Thompson

Repub rift deepens
McInnis says he could beat Udall (but more importantly ... )
Crypto-Jews real?
New evidence that Jews fled to the Southwest during the Inquisition
Religion, politics and culture
Religion, politics and culture
When religion tries to dominate culture and politics, it hurts all three, as seen in the battle over the rights of gay Americans.
Dove Creek Dreams
Change is coming to this corner of Colorado. It's yellow.
Forget Wall Street, focus on the real issues
The urgency of the politicians' response to our economic troubles contrasts with the way we’re ignoring the greater crisis of climate change.
Republican ticket is just more of the same
Republican ticket is just more of the same
Jonathan Thompson sees Western support for McCain and Palin as likely to erode because of genuinely maverick Western Republicans.
Lipstick on a Cheney
Why the gun-totin', drill-happy Sarah Palin won't win the West.
Fire, fire everywhere
Despite the growing threat of Western wildfire, most of us are still pretending it will go away if we just ignore it.
A view of Obama from the West
Stadium political-fest gets a couple of New Mexicans fired up
Stegner at the DNC?
Mark Udall on the big stage.
Protest makes waves
Led by vets against the war, a huge protest finally gets noticed at the DNC.
I fish, I hunt, I vote ... Democrat?
Sportsmen say their vote is up for grabs.
Schweitzer on Bloggers, energy and guns
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer makes an appearance at the big tent to see the bloggers.
Schweitzer speaks!
Montana Governor gets prominent place on convention agenda
Gratuitous Celebrity (and editor) Photo
Yes. Even High Country News editors fall under the spell of celebrities from time to time.
Drill Here. Drill Now. Part II
Democrats' voices on energy drowned out by ... protesters.
Freegin' the Convention
HCN does the Convention on the cheap.
It's not all about parties and rallies.
Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less?
There are nuggets of substance buried in the Convention circus. But is anyone listening?
The Las Vegas of Politics
When the convention comes to Denver, it feels a bit like another Western city.
The High Country News team has landed in Denver. Stay tuned for more under-the-radar coverage from the Democratic National Convention.
Winning the West: HCN @ the DNC
Tune in to Aug. 25-28 for unconventional coverage from Denver
If you build it, will they come?
A desert village called Big Water and a troubled ski resort near the hardscrabble town of Beaver are two unlikely places in Utah where entrepreneurs plan to build exclusive resorts for the ultra-rich.
Power of the picture
Power of the picture
High Country News photographer Morgan Heim joins the International League of Conservation Photographers to document the gasfields and the wildlands around Pinedale, Wyo.
Don't fence Western Republicans in
Some moderate Western Republicans, tired of being penned up behind rigid ideological fences, are rebelling against the hard-line elements of their party.
Primer 6: Immigration
Our policies are schizophrenic.
Unlikely alliance?
In most of the West’s complicated environmental problems, so-called “unlikely alliances” between greens and their opposite numbers are really not that unlikely after all.
Uber Recycling
Garry and Diann Fulks have been recycling large metal objects for 35 years at their scrap yard in Montrose, Colo.
Uranium: It’s worse than you think
Westerners in towns like Durango, Colo., and Monticello, Utah, have been exposed to mine tailings for years, unaware that uranium might be even more dangerous than scientists used to believe.
The West’s wacky weather
The West’s weather is full of surprises this spring, with snowstorms, windstorms, rain and wildfires all happening at the same time.
High Country News Classifieds