Items by Jonathan Thompson

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
Reborn
With global warming an increasing threat, some are urging a return to nuclear energy, but the industry’s own checkered past reminds us that a nuclear renaissance will be neither easy nor cheap
Worlds converge in energy's shadow
Photographer Jared Boyd spends a day with Navajo Alice Benally, who lives less than a mile from the Four Corners Power Plant but only received electricity last year
The hazy days of summer ... and winter, spring and fall
With the Interior West’s national parks facing an increase in haze and air pollution, Rocky Mountain National Park is working with government agencies to improve air quality
Contradiction
Once in the U.S., immigrants find themselves in a land of contradictions, facing an uncertain welcome, sometimes even from other Latinos
The Immigrant's Trail
This special issue of High Country News takes an on-the-ground look at the human landscape of illegal immigration in the West
Tierra o Muerte
As the outside world bullies its way into northern New Mexico, the native Hispano culture has begun to fray, and today the region has the highest rate of heroin addiction in the country
A struggling mountain town looks for a lift
The former mining town of Silverton, Colo., has put its economic hopes in plans for a new but old-fashioned small-scale, low-key ski area, but some worry the area is too avalanche-prone to be safe.
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