Items by Jonathan Thompson

Two weeks in the West
Health insurance – and the lack of it – in the West; Larry Craig, Burning Man, and parts of Montana go up in flames; Wyoming booms and house prices are up, but the kids are still leaving in droves; new Border Patrol duds debut.
Red Mountain miracle
In southern Colorado, conservation groups find a way to save 9,000 high-altitude acres from second-home development.
Two weeks in the West
Coal-mining is always a dangerous business; wild horse problems in Nevada; biofuel boondoggle?; and biofuel bio the numbers.
Heard Around the West
Santa Fe coyotes replaced by mountain lions; cat problems in Colorado; bunny restraining order in Oregon; dead snakes bite back; mysterious things in a dead bird’s tummy.
Gunning with the in-laws
Jonathan Thompson learns to love guns – and to fear them even more than he did before.
The new land rush
In the Rocky Mountain West, old mining claims are suddenly the newest real estate hot spots.
Two weeks in the West
Coal-fired power plants don’t get no respect; nuclear is nudging its way in; resort real estate is hot as plutonium
Pony up
When it comes to fund raising, Mitt Romney is the West’s favorite presidential candidate, as is demonstrated by a series of charts
Two weeks in the West
The continuing saga of the white-tailed prairie dog vs. Julie MacDonald; sage grouse in trouble; Westerners are still burning – and drowning; statistics about air conditioning and a long hot summer
Oh, those summer nights at the drive-in!
Jonathan Thompson takes his family to one of the West’s last drive-in movies, and fondly remembers his own misspent youth.
Two weeks in the West
The West is on fire; Dick Cheney exposed; toning down RS-2477; and firefighting statistics
Two weeks in the West
On the messy bureaucratic soap opera As Interior Turns, the cast keeps changing, and getting indicted; Good Samaritans need to able to clean up old mines without getting burned; foreign countries drive Western mining boom; and data about mining
Two weeks in the West
Western states get serious about global warming; Colorado stands up to energy industry; environmental “terrorists” sentenced; “Kids in the Woods”; McMansions & mobile homes; eco-chic ain’t cheap
Two weeks in the West
Chefs fight for salmon, and uranium gets hotter; electricity usage and generation in the West; data on park fees and visitors
Of feral dogs, and feral Westerners
Westerners like to romanticize our wide-open spaces and wild wolves, but in rural areas, our real mascot is the ubiquitous feral dog
Two weeks in the West
James M. Doohan heads to final frontier (briefly) from New Mexico’s spaceport; northern spotted owls in trouble again; Veterans Conservation Corps; drugged up and rehabbing in the West
Two weeks in the West
Western real estate slump hits suburbs, but developers keep on developing; Marijuana McMansions; copper booming; Logan, Utah, rejects dirty power; Tri-State puts off two coal power plants; animals killed by Wildlife Services
Two weeks in the West
Death (and life) in the Sonoran Desert; fire and drought in the Southwest; courts rule against Bush on environmental issues.
Two weeks in the West
No yellow snow for Snowbowl; gonorrhea and meth: a match made in hell; split-estate bills in New Mexico and Colorado; Montana’s green energy bills languish; “Rocky Mountain High” second Colorado state song, bolo tie is official New Mexico neckwear.
Two weeks in the West
Western governors go green; King Coal gets hammered; Divine Strake strikes out; Colorado cons on the North Forty; Mother Nature’s bodyguards; Western wagering data; and energy use and Bush approval: a case of eerie symmetry.
Dear friends
Visitors; Las Vegas writer and historian Hal Rothman dies; farewell to Dolores LaChapelle and Ed LaChapelle
Two weeks in the West
The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change has bad news; Govs. propose global warming legislation; nuclear revival in the wings; Rockies Prosperity Act back in Congress; Arizona may stifle ballot measures; Bush’s budget; the West’s electrical grid.
Two weeks in the West
Forest Service faces budget cuts; Rural Schools Act dies; local governments may have to pay more firefighting costs; user fees upheld; grazing fees go down; Klamath dams may fall; livestock killed by wolves, and wolves killed; and UFOs in the West.
Two weeks in the West
Cross-country skiers and snowmobilers clash over access to Logan Canyon, Utah; Mount Jefferson, Mont.; and (of course) Yellowstone; Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth steps down to be replaced by Gail Kimbell; West becomes player in national politics; bor
No surprises, and no solutions, from raids aimed at illegal immigrants
The writer derides the recent busts of illegal immigrants
Can the West become the new South?
Boosters of a Western primary hope it could give the Interior West a greater voice in the politics of Washington, D.C.
On the ballot: Voters could be energized, or exhausted, by ballot initiatives
In 10 Western states this November, voters face a total of 82 ballot measures
Dear friends
Mongolians visit HCN; Chuck and Tim Worley visit; Tucson’s lawns; Wilderness Society honors Terry Tempest Williams and Tom Bell; correction
Don't like the local rag? Start your own
The writer started a weekly paper: Why doesn't everybody?
Homegrown news: Money can't buy it
In an introduction to this special issue celebrating independent media, High Country News associate editor Jonathan Thompson recalls the exciting, exhausting, high-caffeine years he spent publishing his own newspaper in a small mountain town
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