Items by Jonathan Thompson

The state of the land: Biden’s mixed conservation record
The state of the land: Biden’s mixed conservation record
The president has riled up just about everyone with his public-land policies. Maybe that’s a good thing.
Plans for a new uranium mill in Utah announced
Plans for a new uranium mill in Utah announced
Fierce opposition to the project is likely.
Save public lands: Put solar on Walmart!
Save public lands: Put solar on Walmart!
Parking lots and big-box store roofs could generate oodles of clean power.
Why are so few talking about the power grid amid extreme winter storms?
Why are so few talking about the power grid amid extreme winter storms?
California’s current deluge highlights huge vulnerabilities.
La Niña expected to serve up a hat trick
La Niña expected to serve up a hat trick
The weather pattern hits the West for a third consecutive winter.
How the West’s public lands fared in 2022
How the West’s public lands fared in 2022
It was a bad year for dams and a good one for ‘green’ metals.
Should we worry about 8 billion people?
Should we worry about 8 billion people?
Breaking down population’s role in the environmental impact equation.
Mythbusting in the Mojave
Mythbusting in the Mojave
The vitality in the vast desert.
Carbon capture convolution
Carbon capture convolution
A complicated process, explained.
Western voters favor public lands
Western voters favor public lands
Trumpism and extremism didn’t fly during the 2022 midterms.
On its 100th birthday, the Colorado River Compact shows its age
On its 100th birthday, the Colorado River Compact shows its age
The foundational document was flawed from the start.
Bighorn-lovers butt heads with Vail Resorts’ affordable housing
Bighorn-lovers butt heads with Vail Resorts’ affordable housing
The ski industry giant wants to build workforce housing in wild sheep habitat.
The green metal mining boom is on
The green metal mining boom is on
Now is not the time to loosen mining regulations.
Will the Supreme Court gut the Clean Water Act?
Will the Supreme Court gut the Clean Water Act?
The justices could remove federal protection from 80% of the Southwest’s streams.
Races to watch throughout the West
Races to watch throughout the West
The midterm elections promise to be a referendum on Joe Biden — and Donald Trump.
The Green New Deal didn’t crash California’s grid
The Green New Deal didn’t crash California’s grid
Climate change is wrecking the electricity system.
The divide over Diablo
The divide over Diablo
Greens battle greens over the fate of California’s last nuke plant.
The Colorado River’s alfalfa problem
The Colorado River’s alfalfa problem
Growing less hay is the only way to keep the river’s water system from collapsing
Climate and Congress
Climate and Congress
Historic political action, but is it enough?
Can ravaged economies be healed with a restoration industry?
Can ravaged economies be healed with a restoration industry?
Cleaning up the west could be as lucrative as wrecking it.
The climate bill’s blind spot
The climate bill’s blind spot
A closer look at the good and the bad of specific provisions in the historic climate bill, the Inflation Reduction Act.
Climate game changer? Or fossil fuel giveaway?
Climate game changer? Or fossil fuel giveaway?
A break down of the Inflation Reduction Act.
The monsoon can’t save us
The monsoon can’t save us
An unusually rainy Southwest summer is welcome — but much more is needed to end the water crisis.
The West’s forever fire season
The West’s forever fire season
How climate change makes wildfire more likely to happen all year round.
The rise of the restoration economy
The rise of the restoration economy
Filling the economic void left by the extraction economy by healing the land.
The funky politics of wildfire right now
The funky politics of wildfire right now
After New Mexico’s record-breaking fires, the politics of wildfire are morphing into weird configurations.
The hydrogen blues (and greens and grays)
The hydrogen blues (and greens and grays)
Is this wonder fuel truly green — or just another fossil fuel in disguise?
The San Juan Basin’s fossil fuel transition slowed by economic and cultural bonds
The San Juan Basin’s fossil fuel transition slowed by economic and cultural bonds
The region’s history with prosperity in the oil and gas industry looms over conversations about how to diversify its economy.
Will carbon capture help clean New Mexico’s power, or delay its transition?
Will carbon capture help clean New Mexico’s power, or delay its transition?
A virtually unknown company has a $1.4 billion plan to extend the life of the state’s largest coal-fired power plant. Critics say it’s likely to be a costly distraction from a just transition.
New Mexico’s landmark coal transition law faces an uncertain timeline
New Mexico’s landmark coal transition law faces an uncertain timeline
Despite momentum in 2017, drought and supply chain problems are complicating the shift from fossil fuels.
High Country News Classifieds
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    Central Colorado Conservancy, located in Salida, Colorado, is seeking a Conservation Program Manager dedicated to managing the Conservancy's land protection program which includes developing and...
  • PUBLIC LANDS PROGRAM MANAGER
    Conserve Southwest Utah is seeking a candidate with excellent communication skills and a commitment to environmental conservation for the position of Public Lands Program Manager....
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Western Slope Conservation Center in Paonia, CO, seeks a dynamic leader who is mission-driven, hardworking, and a creative problem-solver. WSCC is committed to creating...
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    National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the nation's oldest and largest national parks nonprofit advocacy organization seeks a Planned Giving Officer. Do you find energy in...
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    Seeking qualified Northern New Mexico Project Manager to provide expertise, leadership and support to the organization by planning, cultivating, implementing and managing land conservation activities,...
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    The Grassland Research Coordinator is a cooperative position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that performs and participates in and coordinates data collection for...
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