Writers on the Range


Writers on the Range is opinion from the ground up.


Death to cheeseburgers? Maybe not
Ari LeVaux weighs the benefits of giving up cheeseburgers and eating locally in order to help the planet – and at the same time enjoy a good meal.
Believe it or not: Ranching has something to teach us
Once denounced by many environmentalists, ranching is finally getting some respect, and Courtney White feels that it’s about time.
The end of an affair
In a hot, dry summer, Kerry Brophy Lloyd begins to fall out of love with her lush green lawn.
Advice from a rancher: The risks make it fun
Today's economic woes remind Mary Flitner of a horse race years ago and the important lesson it taught her: Times are always tough for ranchers, so you might as well enjoy the gamble!
Drilling with Charlie
Randy Udall’s friend Charlie has spent his life drilling for oil and natural gas.
The company we keep
In the Pacific Northwest, where barred owls are competing with northern spotted owls, conservationists wonder what to do when a native species becomes an invasive species.
The next fires will be anytime, all the time
Rocky Barker remembers the Yellowstone fires of 1988, and warns that in today’s hotter, drier West, gigantic, uncontrollable blazes are going to become an everyday occurrence.
Gas industry secrets and a nurse's story
Eric Frankowski describes the medical ordeal of a Durango emergency room nurse who was accidentally exposed to the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.
Saddling up for a good cause – at last
Self-described “wimp” Joe Barnhart participates in a 150-mile bicycle ride to benefit research for multiple sclerosis.
The debate that won’t happen
Even though the West is supposed to be a key battleground in this year’s election, so far the presidential candidates have managed to avoid addressing Western issues.
Don't fence Western Republicans in
Some moderate Western Republicans, tired of being penned up behind rigid ideological fences, are rebelling against the hard-line elements of their party.
An ancient place to wonder about our survival
Andy Gulliford delights in the vast Canyon of the Ancients National Monument-- a living museum subject to increased gas drilling.
Don’t call plugging wolves hunting
Derek Goldman criticizes Wyoming’s policy that allows wolves to be shot on sight.
We thought we were safe
Gordon Gregory watched the house he’d spent four years building go up in flames, then had to flee a rental home when another fire bore down on him and his family near the smoky town of Paradise.
When choosing a house, think past a lifetime
Alan Kesselheim says Westerners should not be shocked when a house built in a floodplain eventually falls victim to a flood.
CON: A housing development that’s a tragedy for condors
The Tejon Ranch agreement, which will allow a housing development to be build in the midst of rare condor critical habitat, is a disaster for the endangered birds, according to Noel Snyder and David Clendenen.
PRO: The Tejon agreement is a true conservation victory
Graham Chisholm believes that an agreement involving open space, a large housing development and condor habitat on California’s Tejon Ranch is a “true conservation victory.”
Unlikely alliance?
In most of the West’s complicated environmental problems, so-called “unlikely alliances” between greens and their opposite numbers are really not that unlikely after all.
Don’t trash Joshua Tree National Park
Seth Shteir is appalled at the prospect of a gigantic landfill planned for the fragile desert landscape next to Joshua Tree National Park.
Who you calling terrorist?
Just because you disagree with someone about energy drilling or off-road vehicles doesn’t mean your opponent is a communist pinko – or an eco-terrorist.
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