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CMU Center Features Author and Journalist Jonathan Thompson

Writer and speaker presents River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster

The Hutchins Water Center at CMU is hosting An Evening with Jonathan Thompson on April 24 at 6:30pm in CMU’s University Center Ballroom. Thompson is author of River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed behind the Gold King Mine Disaster. The book tells the story of the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster that made international headlines and resulted in pollution of the Animas River in southwestern Colorado. 

This event is complimentary and open to the public with a reception, slideshow and discussion. The reception will feature complimentary beverages from the Palisade Brewing company as well as light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests are encouraged to RSVP at 

“Bringing visibility to issues that affect rivers and waterways is big part of what we do at the water center,” said coordinator Hannah Holm. “We work to bring engagement opportunities to campus for students and the community around water policy, and we are excited to host such a highly regarded name in journalism and conservation.” 

Jonathan Thompson is a distinguished journalist with roots in southwestern Colorado. He owned and edited the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper in Silverton, CO and was the editor-in-chief of High Country News from 2007 to 2010. He 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.  

Colorado Canyons Association, Grand Valley Audubon and RiversEdge West are co-hosting the event which is sponsored by Chevron.


Written by David Ludlam