Writers on the Range

A wild river usually claims right of way
A wild river usually claims right of way
And this one is close to sweeping away a historic chalet.
77 years later, here comes pot
77 years later, here comes pot
The history of marijuana is clouded by racism and muddled thinking.
Water and waste are an old story
Water and waste are an old story
This resource in the American West will always be dammed, diverted or otherwise purloined.
A rock star was my teacher
A rock star was my teacher
Re-encountering a science nut who instilled in me a love of wilderness.
Recapture Canyon and an illegal ATV trail
Recapture Canyon and an illegal ATV trail
A Utah county attempts to gain right of way on public land.
I admit it: I'm an environmental hypocrite
I admit it: I'm an environmental hypocrite
Yup, I hang my clothes to dry – right after I burn fossil fuels to get them clean.
Mountain bikes and wilderness don’t mix
Mountain bikes and wilderness don’t mix
To loosen wildland restrictions now starts us down a slippery slope.
Got a local issue? Here’s how to organize
Got a local issue? Here’s how to organize
How a small group of people committed to academic freedom organized to turn around a school district.
Don't forget what the Exxon Valdez taught us
Don't forget what the Exxon Valdez taught us
On the regulatory laxness that led to the spilling of 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound 25 years ago.
An Iraq War veteran fights for public lands
An Iraq War veteran fights for public lands
Finding much-needed solace in Colorado’s Browns Canyon and hoping it becomes a national monument.
Between a rock and a dry place
Between a rock and a dry place
How the “mega-drought” facing the region got its start.
Megaloads and wild-and-scenic rivers don’t mix
Megaloads and wild-and-scenic rivers don’t mix
Opinion: These loads of mining equipment to Canada don’t belong on a narrow, scenic road that winds through my part of Idaho.
Gliding past while bullets fly
Gliding past while bullets fly
Rafting the Yellowstone River while hunters shoot ducks out of the sky.
On the ground with economies built on snow
On the ground with economies built on snow
In the sixth year of what is settling out to be a chronic near-recession -- call it an “economic winter.”
Who speaks for the sage grouse?
Who speaks for the sage grouse?
Let's step back from the rhetoric and handwringing and take the long view.
The sounds of silence, Eastern style
The sounds of silence, Eastern style
After many years in timber, remembering fights over public land use.
Words to live by as the year winds down
Words to live by as the year winds down
Adages, quotes and sayings to inspire in 2014.
Will the nation accept horse slaughter?
Will the nation accept horse slaughter?
Opinion on the recent opening of two slaughterhouses: why horsemeat isn't such a radical idea.
Far out, it's Yuletide!
Far out, it's Yuletide!
The good and bad of holiday music.
Uranium belt towns face bleak economics
Uranium belt towns face bleak economics
A new documentary gets a good reception from both sides of the issue.