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.


How Utah benefits from the national parks it neglects
A fall from grace in the wrong place
A fall from grace in the wrong place
Why all of Indian country is fighting a new Montana oil well
Arizona congressman: We need new energy policy, now
Memories from the gear shed
Memories from the gear shed
It’s time to end Custer worship
It’s time to end Custer worship
It’s easy for Westerners to point fingers about racism, but we’ve got our own nasty history.
On crossing the border, writing novels and mangos
Obama’s clean water rule won’t protect the West’s water
Stop the rock-stacking
Stop the rock-stacking
A writer calls for an end to cairns.
The last ski-bum house
The last ski-bum house
Finding my way back to me
Finding my way back to me
An Alaska wildlife refuge deserves our protection
An Alaska wildlife refuge deserves our protection
In Arizona, the people move ahead of the politicians
The pain thief of Spokane
The pain thief of Spokane
We’re letting another predator go down
Soaking Wet in Colorado
Soaking Wet in Colorado
A uranium mine is anything but a good neighbor
Milltown renaissance: Who would have believed it?
Mad Max rides into the West
Mad Max rides into the West
Bipartisan weather emerges in the Northern Rockies