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.


The view from 31,000 feet: A philosopher looks at fracking
Ghost subdivisions haunt the New West
Ghost subdivisions haunt the New West
A street-smart chicken for your backyard
A street-smart chicken for your backyard
Forest Service is still in search of a mission
Forest Service is still in search of a mission
At Hart Mountain, the land came back
At Hart Mountain, the land came back
Cloud seeding is still a work in progress
Cloud seeding is still a work in progress
Change in the air
Change in the air
A fracking fight that we’re still fighting
A fracking fight that we’re still fighting
Lentil Underground is a Montana phenomenon
Lentil Underground is a Montana phenomenon
Airports in the rural West are getting squeezed
Airports in the rural West are getting squeezed
A manifesto can set you free
A manifesto can set you free
Chaco: A World Heritage site faces fracking
Chaco: A World Heritage site faces fracking
This just happened: Alaska’s warm winter
This just happened: Alaska’s warm winter
Rural communities in the West need a fair shake
A small community at a crossroads
A small community at a crossroads
The EPA gets it
The EPA gets it
Don’t label me an “outsider”
Don’t label me an “outsider”
The liberal’s guide to a chainsaw
The liberal’s guide to a chainsaw
The riddle of the circle of ancient power
The riddle of the circle of ancient power
Utah’s public lands aren’t about to change hands