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

Drilling the Democrats
Jonathan Thompson says that Barack Obama -- caught between the threat of global warming and demands for energy independence -- is unlikely to end drilling in the West.
As Interior Turns
As Interior Turns
During the last eight years, Bush’s Interior Department has been embroiled in enough corruption, sex and scandal to fuel several soap operas.
The Bush legacy: It's not all bad
This special issue takes a close look at the Bush administration's environmental policies and considers what can be done to repair the damage.
Copper death spiral
An elegant illustration of a boom and bust.
Bailout comes to the West
Fed funds on their way to foreclosure-ridden cities. But will it only blow up the same old faulty bubble?
Sellin', drillin', bribin'
Real estate, construction, oil and gas top bribery index.
Black Sunday again!?!
The gas boom time warp.
Oh mining boom, we hardly knew ya...
The global metals bust deepens.
Dirt poor, dirt rich
Dirt poor, dirt rich
My grandmother and the Depression, past and present
Desperate measures
Desperate measures
Over the years, Westerners have come up with a lot of wacky schemes to get more water.
Peak economy
Westerners shouldn’t panic about the recent economic meltdown; our region has always cycled from boom to bust and back again.
Recession in the gasfield?
Drilling may be on decline, but lingerie sales look good.
Repub rift deepens
McInnis says he could beat Udall (but more importantly ... )
Crypto-Jews real?
New evidence that Jews fled to the Southwest during the Inquisition
Religion, politics and culture
Religion, politics and culture
When religion tries to dominate culture and politics, it hurts all three, as seen in the battle over the rights of gay Americans.
Dove Creek Dreams
Change is coming to this corner of Colorado. It's yellow.
Forget Wall Street, focus on the real issues
The urgency of the politicians' response to our economic troubles contrasts with the way we’re ignoring the greater crisis of climate change.
Republican ticket is just more of the same
Republican ticket is just more of the same
Jonathan Thompson sees Western support for McCain and Palin as likely to erode because of genuinely maverick Western Republicans.
Lipstick on a Cheney
Why the gun-totin', drill-happy Sarah Palin won't win the West.
Fire, fire everywhere
Despite the growing threat of Western wildfire, most of us are still pretending it will go away if we just ignore it.
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