Items by Jonathan Thompson

Colorado: The West's true swing state
Colorado: The West's true swing state
Colorado voters are almost evenly split between Republicans, Democrats and the nonaffiliated, including the Tea Party -- and a Salazar looks vulnerable.
California: Dope, eBay, pollution and moonbeams
California: Dope, eBay, pollution and moonbeams
California flashes back to the 1970s with campaigns to legalize marijuana and re-elect Jerry Brown as governor, while other key races are also sizzling hot.
Arizona: Obama's curse?
Arizona: Obama's curse?
When Obama plucked Janet Napolitano out of the governor's seat to run Homeland Security, he surrendered Arizona to the ultra-conservatives.
Lynch-mob politics
Lynch-mob politics
It's not the Old West -- it's our guide to this year's Western elections.
Some of the key players
Leonard Burch, Sam Maynes, Bob Zahradnik and John Jurrius have all helped the Southern Utes build their energy empire.
The Southern Utes' empire
Maps reveal the amount of land the tribe lost over the years -- and show how huge its current business empire had become.
The Ute Paradox
The Ute Paradox
The Southern Utes overcame poverty and oppression to become a wealthy and powerful tribe with nationwide energy holdings.
So long, Paonia
So long, Paonia
Jonathan Thompson, High Country News's former editor-in-chief, is moving to Germany with his family.
Culture of the Canyon
When the author ventures down the Colorado on a raft, he discovers a world of wonders -- and a little bit of himself.
Wilderness by committee
Wilderness by committee
Complicated deals are being made over wilderness protection in Colorado and in San Juan County, Utah.
High Country ...
Bandits?
On the river
A water battle, of the inflatable sort
The cyber-gasfield
"Pump It Up" on this social network!
More grousing
More grousing
The federal government says sage grouse deserve protection, but delays listing the birds under the Endangered Species Act.
Wheatpastin' the Rez
Turn up the volume and watch the street artist Jetsonorama at work.
When you carry your home with you, when are you home?
When you carry your home with you, when are you home?
The thousands of RVers who gather in Quartzsite, Ariz., every winter create in an impromptu community that might as well be in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
See you in Spring
See you in Spring
Skipped issue; Paonia's "Miracle of the Market"; Sam Hamilton's obituary
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
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.
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