Writers on the Range


Writers on the Range is opinion from the ground up.


Evolution of a magazine
Today’s redesigned High Country News is definitely a magazine, far removed from the black-and-white tabloid newspaper it once was.
Female farmworkers are the most vulnerable
Female farmworkers are the most vulnerable
Rebecca Clarren takes a close look at the sexual harassment faced by women farmworkers, most of them non-English speaking immigrants.
Mistakes on the fire line can lead to prosecution
Mistakes on the fire line can lead to prosecution
John Maclean fears the decision to prosecute a Forest Service employee for his mistakes on the Thirtymile Fire could intimidate other firefighters.
A Western woman redefines the presidential race
A Western woman redefines the presidential race
Rocky Barker thinks Republican vice presidential pick Sarah Palin has a good shot at winning the West for John McCain.
A town’s downtown is the new (old) way to live
Bill Croke celebrates his brand-new, old-fashioned lifestyle: living upstairs in an old brick building in downtown Salmon, Idaho.
Longing for the way it never was
When she was 10 years old, Marty Durlin fell in the love with the romantic landscapes of Zane Grey’s classic novels.
Size matters with “green” bragging rights
Size matters with “green” bragging rights
Monique Cole wonders if a 6,500-square-foot “green-powered” McMansion is a contradiction in terms.
Not even the privileged can deter a porcupine
Not even the privileged can deter a porcupine
Judy Muller contemplates the porcupine, which is wreaking havoc in ritzy Telluride Mountain Village.
Fire, fire everywhere
Despite the growing threat of Western wildfire, most of us are still pretending it will go away if we just ignore it.
The less you have, the less you have to lose
Alan Kesselheim figures he’s already so poor, he’s recession-proof.
Not even the privileged can deter a porcupine
Judy Muller contemplates the humble porcupine, which is wreaking havoc amid the pricey dwellings of Telluride Mountain Village.
The NRA needs someone like me
Pat Wray is running for the board of the National Rifle Association because he believes it needs to start defending the wildlife and habitat that hunters need – not just the guns they use.
The way it looks in rural Oregon in this shaky economic world
Boom and bust cycles remind us that we're not as smart as we think we are.
Democrats borrow from Madison Avenue
Denver offers an iconic Western backdrop and the message that "this is not your father's party."
Downtown an old – and new – way to live
Bill Croke celebrates his brand-new old-fashioned lifestyle: living upstairs in an old brick building in downtown Salmon Idaho.
If you build it, will they come?
A desert village called Big Water and a troubled ski resort near the hardscrabble town of Beaver are two unlikely places in Utah where entrepreneurs plan to build exclusive resorts for the ultra-rich.
Going backwards: building an oil refinery in South Dakota
"Dirtiest oil on earth" to be processed in "green" facility, using 10 million gallons of water from Missouri River aquifer.
Off-roaders drive closer to the Grand Canyon
Former Park Service employee Bill Wade condemns agency plans to open public land near the Grand Canyon to off-road vehicle use.
My dad and the quail he loved
Wendy Beye remembers her father, who worked hard to save the California quail during his years as a state Fish and Game manager near the Mojave Desert.
What Westerners would love to ask the candidates
What Westerners would love to ask the candidates
The West is supposed to be a key battleground in this year’s election, but the presidential candidates have managed to avoid addressing Western issues.
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