Writers on the Range


Writers on the Range is opinion from the ground up.


A chance to do it right in the West
A chance to do it right in the West
Hoping for a Western Interior secretary who practices the politics of collaboration.
The persistence of bigotry, Western-style
The persistence of bigotry, Western-style
A father of a biracial child listens to the casually racist jokes of his rural Colorado neighbors.
We’re  in this together
We’re in this together
Owning a house in Rawlins, Wyoming now has global implications.
The names of things and why they matter
Westerners like knowing the names of local wildflowers, but Julianne Couch says it’s equally important to identify manmade objects in the landscape.
Peak economy
Westerners shouldn’t panic about the recent economic meltdown; our region has always cycled from boom to bust and back again.
Everybody wants to move to my town
Everybody wants to move to my town
Steve Bunk returns to his old hometown of Boise to find he’s not the only one in search of a sanctuary.
Conscientious objectors 65 years ago
Conscientious objectors 65 years ago
Paying homage to those imprisoned at Mancos Camp, Colo., during World War II.
Victory came from the bottom up
Victory came from the bottom up
A vast army of determined volunteers were the force behind Obama’s success in Colorado.
Democrats rise again in the Rockies
Democrats rise again in the Rockies
Rob Saldin looks at the reasons why the Democrats finally succeeded in breaking the Republican chokehold on the West.
Heeding history’s lessons
There are lessons to be learned from the mistakes that were made, not only in the near-extermination of the wolf, but also in its successful reintroduction.
Can the Forest Service get back on track?
Can the Forest Service get back on track?
Recovering integrity and efficiency after President Bush leaves office.
Why the Republicans failed Nov. 4
Why the Republicans failed Nov. 4
A couple of years ago, there was talk of a permanent GOP majority. But now the party is facing a serious decline in power.
The patriotic thing to do
The patriotic thing to do
When did paying taxes become un-American? Susan Tweit blames Joe the Plumber, symbol of the "we're-being-taxed-into-poverty" crowd.
Antelope hunting keeps getting better
Antelope hunting keeps getting better
In Wyoming, Walt Gasson gets satisfaction from passing the love and the legacy of wild critters and wild country from one generation to another.
Who will be the West’s new boss?
Who will be the West’s new boss?
The Interior secretary is the nation's top wildlife manager and federal landlord, managing 507 million acres, 600 dams and 68 percent of the nation's energy reserves.
It’s time to cowboy up
It’s time to cowboy up
Mary Greenfield says it’s high time we gave up on waging culture wars and elected a government that believes in the work of governing.
Think again before going nuclear
Think again before going nuclear
Russ Doty worries that neither presidential candidate is wary enough about nuclear power and radioactive waste disposal.
Pushed to the wall, we can power down
Pushed to the wall, we can power down
Tim Lydon tells how Juneau, Alaska, cut its energy consumption by over 40 percent when its electricity supply was interrupted by avalanches.
Homecoming
Homecoming
Mary Flitner takes joy in the hard but satisfying work of bringing her cattle down from the mountains in Wyoming’s beautiful fall.
Dear friends
Writer and professor David Gessner is among HCN’s recent interesting visitors; Paonia hosts chefs-in-training.
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