Items by Jonathan Thompson

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.
Wind Resistance
Wind Resistance
Wyoming is one of the best places in the world to generate power from wind. But the wind rush is running into opposition from greens, and the fossil fuel industry.
Battle for the core of Wyoming
Battle for the core of Wyoming
Wyoming's sage grouse protection strategy gives fossil fuel elbow room while leaving wind energy out in the breeze.
When the sacred becomes toxic
When the sacred becomes toxic
As Native Americans use religion to save their sacred places, they need to remember that conflicts framed around faith often have unhappy endings.
Ski strangeness and caged chickens
From the skiocracy; factory farms everywhere; and of course, the republic of Sortofgreenski
Give language a chance
Give language a chance
Languages like Arapaho are dying all over the world, but is it possible, or even necessary, to try to save them all?
Interior scandal: Rated G(reen)
Interior scandal: Rated G(reen)
Recent scandals at the Interior Department – this time involving environmentalists – pale in magnitude (and luridness) compared to the agency's dalliances with industry.
Coming soon to MTV: The Oilfield Blowouts
This has got to be the weirdest thing I've seen today.
How the West made cheeseburgers cheap
How the West made cheeseburgers cheap
Our cheap food has a high price tag, especially for workers on the West’s big dairy farms.
Whose sovereignty is it?
Whose sovereignty is it?
The Hopi and Navajo governments have played the tired old card of locals vs. environmentalists. They got it wrong.
The newest Westerners
The newest Westerners
Immigrants from around the world are changing traditionally white Western communities such as Boise, Idaho.
Indians vs. Greens?
Indians vs. Greens?
In a controversial resolution, Hopi and Navajo politicians have told environmentalists – including grassroots Indian groups – that they are not welcome on the Rez.
Suck this, Vegas!
Suck this, Vegas!
With climate change threatening water supplies, and the economy slowing growth in the West's thirstiest cities, it's time for a paradigm shift.
Con: The cult of canning exposed
Con: The cult of canning exposed
Some consider it a harmless rite of autumn, but home canning has all the hallmarks of a dangerous religious cult.
HCN reader photo: Dead television
This week's pic pick.
UnBEARable
Bruin bullies make the rounds in Colorado; in homes, cars and skate parks.
Serpentine Siamese Split
Conjoined snakes go under the knife.
Animal Farm Gone Crazy
Horse massacres, duck-killing, cow tongues and hog-tying--all part of the next American Revolution...?
Today's best fire pics
Wildfires are scary, but they sure do make for good photography.
Summer's almost over (and fire season is here)
The West is burning, from California to Colorado
A wedding, a story
A wedding, a story
Visitors; editor's note on Gary Paul Nabhan's piece about Jon Jarvis.
How yuppies killed, and saved, the family farm
How yuppies killed, and saved, the family farm
Western Colorado is seeing an unexpected agricultural revival, thanks in part to affluent outsiders creating a market for local food and wine.
Natural gas, the miracle fuel!
After a flurry of industry lobbying, Dems and greens get gassy.
Welcome to the Grange!
HCN has a new, community-oriented blog.
Scorpions take wing
Travel-sized scare at 40,000 feet.
HCN's favorite Tweeple
You may despise Twitter. But it can be valuable.
Careful with that chainsaw...
A novel way to handle a cougar attack.
Striking finish
Lightning and falling fawns endanger runners of the Hardrock Hundred.
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