Writers on the Range


Writers on the Range is opinion from the ground up. Got a beef with beef? An experience that changed your mind about the American West? Writers from the region tell their story in 750 words. Op eds are syndicated to 50-plus papers, and they also appear here, on the HCN website. For more information, contact Writers on the Range editor, Betsy Marston: betsym at hcn.org.


Congress ignores the West’s firefighting needs
Two flat tires on the sage grouse express
Two flat tires on the sage grouse express
At ease by a creek in the wilderness
At ease by a creek in the wilderness
We need new words for the Bakken boom
We need new words for the Bakken boom
Yes, wildlife contraception works
Yes, wildlife contraception works
Wilderness at 50: A place to be free, a place to hide
Considering historical correctness in New Mexico
Secrecy never went away at Rocky Flats
Secrecy never went away at Rocky Flats
A day on the river that ended in a death
A day on the river that ended in a death
Don’t pick up the leaverite!
Don’t pick up the leaverite!
How to publish a newspaper in the midst of wildfire
How to publish a newspaper in the midst of wildfire
A community news source rallies during Washington's biggest fire in history.
Who are the true Idaho conservatives?
Who are the true Idaho conservatives?
Nebraska loves its cattle a little too much
Nebraska loves its cattle a little too much
I moved from New Mexico to Missoula and can't believe the water waste
The Tea Party loses one in Colorado
The Tea Party loses one in Colorado
How this candidate for sheriff lost an election in Grand Junction.
A once nomadic firefighter decides to stay put
A once nomadic firefighter decides to stay put
The author sees wildfires differently now that she's settled down.
Why I am a Tea Party member
Why I am a Tea Party member
The battle for women’s suffrage continues
Our reliance on drones to patrol the borders
Our reliance on drones to patrol the borders
We're prepared to buy back our own land
We're prepared to buy back our own land
The federal government created a land-ownership mess for Native Americans, but there is a way out of it.