Writers on the Range

National parks see suicide upticks each summer
National parks see suicide upticks each summer
Rangers handle these tragedies, the parks' second leading cause of death.
Time to let go of the "Redskins" mascot
Time to let go of the "Redskins" mascot
An Idaho community is embroiled in a heated debate on whether it's racist or just an important tradition.
When young falcons take their cliff jump
When young falcons take their cliff jump
Observing peregrine falcons teach their young to take a plunge at Black Canyon National Park.
An Idaho land trade that should go nowhere
An Idaho land trade that should go nowhere
This trade in the works is backed by a would-be timber baron and a former undersecretary of agriculture.
Pioneer league baseball is a slice of heaven
Pioneer league baseball is a slice of heaven
One of the best things about Helena, MT summers is watching these games.
Our Western heartland train is endangered
Our Western heartland train is endangered
In defense of the historic Southwest Chief.
Wolves still need our protection
Wolves still need our protection
How far are we willing to go and what are we willing to sacrifice to preserve the wild?
Thank you, James Watt, for all you did for Greater Yellowstone
Thank you, James Watt, for all you did for Greater Yellowstone
An eccentric secretary of Interior remembered for his unlikely conservation legacy.
Some states recognize that corn ethanol is a bum deal
Some states recognize that corn ethanol is a bum deal
As ethanol content in gasoline continues to rise, some communities are resisting.
My life without a dog
My life without a dog
A newspaperman wonders if he's the only person around without a canine friend.
I will fight fire no more
I will fight fire no more
A wildland firefighter reflects on joys and sorrows of her fighting career, and on why she's leaving the field.
Durango life requires a hefty commute
Durango life requires a hefty commute
This expensive Colorado town could benefit from high-density development.
Let us be worthy of their sacrifice
Let us be worthy of their sacrifice
The things we can all do at home to avoid wildfire disaster.
Why do you live in a flood zone?
Why do you live in a flood zone?
How to empathize with people who experience devastating loss after fires and floods
Finding solace in the river
Finding solace in the river
The death of a friend in a small Oregon town leaves a hole in the lives of many people
Another highway will only worsen Utah's air pollution issues
Another highway will only worsen Utah's air pollution issues
Despite the governor's attempts to reduce driving, Utah transportation officials are proposing yet another major roadway in the greater Salt Lake area.
Con: Colorado National Monument should not become a national park
Con: Colorado National Monument should not become a national park
Grand Junction and a national park are incompatible
Pro: Colorado National Monument should become a national park
Pro: Colorado National Monument should become a national park
Let’s hear it for a new national park in western Colorado
Learning to live with wildfire
Learning to live with wildfire
Wildfires are inevitable. Let's adapt.
River access in Montana is worth fighting for
River access in Montana is worth fighting for
Even when one's opponents are powerful billionaires