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.


Nevada wilderness bill is wilderness in name only
Don’t think of the Keystone oil pipeline as inevitable
Relearning history in all its complexity
Giving thanks and looking forward
Giving thanks and looking forward
We can do our part to defuse the West
We can do our part to defuse the West
Just call John Hickenlooper the Silver Fox
Just call John Hickenlooper the Silver Fox
Colorado can boast it was the cradle of wilderness
Not another “ghost river,” please
Not another “ghost river,” please
Dear Forest Service: Today’s John Muir shoots video
Dear Forest Service: Today’s John Muir shoots video
Let people take all the images they want in wilderness areas.
Tar sands mining, up front and grotesque
Tar sands mining, up front and grotesque
The push is on to “take back” public lands
In small-town baseball, a wider world
In small-town baseball, a wider world
Will a small town’s underground economy get legitimized?
Ten lessons from the American Robin
Ten lessons from the American Robin
Grass-fed beef can be good 365 days a year
Grass-fed beef can be good 365 days a year
Saving a historic chalet gets the hush-hush treatment
Bear spray for hunters – a reality check
Bear spray for hunters – a reality check
Target practice with a vengeance
Target practice with a vengeance
Solar in the desert finally gets some scrutiny
A baseball stadium showcases the beauty of old trees