Jonathan Thompson

Contributing  Editor

Jonathan Thompson is a native Westerner with deep roots in southwestern Colorado. He owned and edited the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper in the tiny town of Silverton, Colo., and was the editor-in-chief of High Country News from 2007 to 2010.  After that he lived in Berlin, Germany, and then was a Ted Scripps fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In 2016, Jonathan was awarded the Society of Environmental Journalist's Outstanding Beat Reporting, Small Market.

email: jonathan at hcn.org

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.
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