August 26, 2014

Even the most rural county law enforcement agencies are stocking up on battlefield-tested gear that has come home from Iraq or Afghanistan, and that the Department of Defense distributes at little or no cost. Even Goshen County, Wyoming, population 13,000 got two grenade launchers. Other counties stocked up on M16 and M14 assault rifles, body armor and even MRAPs, or Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles. 

I wrote about the increased militarization of cops for High Country News (which has a fabulous new website, by the way!) 

Photos: Heavily armed riot cops were at the ready at the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008. Jonathan Thompson/gin+gelato photos. 

August 2, 2014
Carcass II. Gunnison, Colorado, August 2014. 
Photo by Jonathan P Thompson/gin+gelato

Carcass II. Gunnison, Colorado, August 2014. 

Photo by Jonathan P Thompson/gin+gelato

August 2, 2014
Predatory lenders, who hand out short term loans with exorbitant interest rates and fees, are making big bucks off of Indian Country and damaging economic development efforts in the process. Now, some tribes are getting in on the game. Pictured are just a few of the dozens of payday-type lenders in Farmington, New Mexico, a town on the border of the Navajo Nation. I wrote about predatory lending in Indian Country here: http://www.hcn.org/issues/46.11/a-pimp-in-the-family
Photos by Jonathan P. Thompson/gin+gelato

Predatory lenders, who hand out short term loans with exorbitant interest rates and fees, are making big bucks off of Indian Country and damaging economic development efforts in the process. Now, some tribes are getting in on the game. Pictured are just a few of the dozens of payday-type lenders in Farmington, New Mexico, a town on the border of the Navajo Nation. I wrote about predatory lending in Indian Country here: http://www.hcn.org/issues/46.11/a-pimp-in-the-family

Photos by Jonathan P. Thompson/gin+gelato

August 2, 2014
Weminuche Wilderness in Southwestern Colorado, June 2014. A friend and I walked into the Weminuche recently, and this is what we found: http://www.hcn.org/blogs/goat/on-the-wilderness-acts-50th-a-backpack-into-the-weminuche

Photo by Jonathan P Thompson/gin+gelato

Weminuche Wilderness in Southwestern Colorado, June 2014. A friend and I walked into the Weminuche recently, and this is what we found: http://www.hcn.org/blogs/goat/on-the-wilderness-acts-50th-a-backpack-into-the-weminuche

Photo by Jonathan P Thompson/gin+gelato

June 23, 2014
Thistle. 

Thistle. 

June 23, 2014
Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico. April 2014. 
Photo by Jonathan P Thompson/gin+gelato

Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico. April 2014. 

Photo by Jonathan P Thompson/gin+gelato

June 23, 2014
Negroni.

Negroni.

June 12, 2014
God Loves You. Farmington, NM, 2014. 
Photo by gin+gelato/Jonathan P Thompson

God Loves You. Farmington, NM, 2014. 

Photo by gin+gelato/Jonathan P Thompson

June 9, 2014
In the West, we almost all live in boomtowns. The booms leave their mark in a number of ways, not least of which is in the architecture. I write about that for High Country News. 

In the West, we almost all live in boomtowns. The booms leave their mark in a number of ways, not least of which is in the architecture. I write about that for High Country News. 

June 8, 2014
Wall and sign. Farmington, New Mexico, June 2014. 
Photo by Jonathan P Thompson/gin+gelato

Wall and sign. Farmington, New Mexico, June 2014. 

Photo by Jonathan P Thompson/gin+gelato

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