Writers on the Range


Writers on the Range is opinion from the ground up.


Scrimpfest in the West
Scrimpfest in the West
As much of the West reels economically, Wyoming and a few states thrive on energy; urban bears live fast and die young.
Religion, politics and culture
Religion, politics and culture
When religion tries to dominate culture and politics, it hurts all three, as seen in the battle over the rights of gay Americans.
I want my vote to count, but will it?
I want my vote to count, but will it?
Laura Paskus reminds voters that in an imperfect election system, it’s up to us to make sure our votes are counted.
Take a hike!
Take a hike!
Rob Pudim recalls his own adventurous childhood, and wonders why today’s kids are so unwilling to go outside and get dirty.
Another chance emerges for salmon
Another chance emerges for salmon
Pat Ford reminds us that sockeye salmon face enormous hurdles – especially if they’re trying to return to Redfish Lake.
For many Americans, voting this November will be historic
For many Americans, voting this November will be historic
Reliving the civil rights movement through the eyes of a man who worked to register black voters.
Animal pharm is coming our way
Animal pharm is coming our way
Ari LeVaux warns us to look carefully at the federal government’s plans for regulating genetically modified animals as food.
Scoundrels and scandals in the Interior Department
Scoundrels and scandals in the Interior Department
Why does the agency still refuse to pay the mineral royalties it owes to Indian plaintiffs?
Forget Wall Street, focus on the real issues
The urgency of the politicians' response to our economic troubles contrasts with the way we’re ignoring the greater crisis of climate change.
What I will say to Americans once I am elected president
President Jim Stiles would tell the nation that it is past time we started living within our means – both economically and environmentally.
We've heard the "drill now" drumbeat before
Jimmy Carter’s energy plan – especially his promotion of synfuels development – would have been disastrous for the West.
Wyoming should take the lead in using CNG
Wyoming should take the lead in using CNG
Bill Sniffin says it's past time for the gas-rich state to jump-start technology for vehicles using alternative fuel.
One species versus 1.8 million others
One species versus 1.8 million others
Susan Tweit sees the growing tally of roadkill as a sign that there are too many humans threatening ecological balance.
Clean coal is an oxymoron
Clean coal is an oxymoron
Greg Gordon says Montana's governor, Brian Schweitzer, may sound like a populist, but he's beholden to King Coal.
Confessions of a former Hillary supporter
Confessions of a former Hillary supporter
Missy Votel takes a good hard look at Sarah Palin: a regular Wild West frontierswoman who wears North Face and is ready to slay dinner at a moment's notice.
Trapped by fire on a mountain lookout
Trapped by fire on a mountain lookout
Dixie Boyle recalls the Trigo Fire, which came unnervingly close to the lookout she staffed in the Manzano Mountains of New Mexico.
The roadless issue rambles on through the courts
The roadless issue rambles on through the courts
Rocky Barker on the endless struggle over protecting the national forests’ roadless areas.
Republican ticket is just more of the same
Republican ticket is just more of the same
Jonathan Thompson sees Western support for McCain and Palin as likely to erode because of genuinely maverick Western Republicans.
Nailing down the heart of Montana
Nailing down the heart of Montana
Cathy Moser searches for the heart of Montana, once rumored to be located directly underneath Mrs. Dockery’s Lewistown kitchen sink.
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