Opinion

Bigotry, ignorance and high school basketball in Montana
Bigotry, ignorance and high school basketball in Montana
Oppression of tribal nations denies our shared potential to harness the power of sport.
We shouldn’t celebrate the killing of a mountain lion
We shouldn’t celebrate the killing of a mountain lion
The recent encounter between a runner and a 40-pound cougar perpetuates unwarranted fear.
Five lessons from the government shutdown about national parks
Five lessons from the government shutdown about national parks
Our national parks still matter, even if they got trashed.
National Park Week fails to change the game
National Park Week fails to change the game
Last week’s celebration showed how close we are to natural beauty, yet so far from diversifying our national parks.
Meet the man who changed humans’ relationship with bears
Meet the man who changed humans’ relationship with bears
Montana biologist Chuck Jonkel, who recently passed away, invented bear spray — and saved bears in the process.
How bigotry is woven in with our Western roots
How bigotry is woven in with our Western roots
Rock Springs, Wyoming, has a largely unrecognized history of racial violence.
This year’s weird Alaska winter should make us very, very nervous.
This year’s weird Alaska winter should make us very, very nervous.
It’s time to think of winters like the past three as glimpses into the future.
No, national parks are not America’s ‘best idea’
No, national parks are not America’s ‘best idea’
There’s potential to alienate people who value ideas more pertinent to them than the parks.
Inside a town where young people aren’t allowed
Federal wildlife refuges are not up for grabs
Federal wildlife refuges are not up for grabs
Alaska’s attempt to intrude on federal wildlife refuges has incensed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for good reason.
On becoming reacquainted with sandhill cranes
On becoming reacquainted with sandhill cranes
I’m on my way south to chase the first harbingers of spring in our High Plains desert home.
Stop attacking pastoralists. We’re part of natural resource management, too.
Stop attacking pastoralists. We’re part of natural resource management, too.
A sheepherder speaks out about labor and environmental concerns.
How Colorado is trying to get beyond zero-sum water wars
How Colorado is trying to get beyond zero-sum water wars
The new water plan represents an evolving moral algebra that transcends more primitive water law.
No, Ted Cruz, Westerners should not follow in Texas’ footsteps
No, Ted Cruz, Westerners should not follow in Texas’ footsteps
The state’s public lands boondoggle was a historical accident.
It’s inevitable. There will be bikes in wilderness.
It’s time to stop development and save the Rio Grande
Ranch Diaries: I’m starting (another) new business. Will it work?
Ranch Diaries: I’m starting (another) new business. Will it work?
I’ll soon be delivering our grass-fed beef to the processor myself, and connecting directly with customers.
I inherited an oil field. Now what do I do with it?
I inherited an oil field. Now what do I do with it?
A writer faces a moral dilemma: fight the bureaucracy to end oil extraction on family land or give in?
Fairy tales about the West are fueling public lands conflict
The Colorado caucus system works — sort of
The Colorado caucus system works — sort of
The minuteae of the political process matter and are sometimes based on outdated systems.
Stop trying to make biking in wilderness happen. It’s not going to happen.
At Malheur, Sally Jewell was missing in action
At Malheur, Sally Jewell was missing in action
The secretary of the Interior instead took a trip to Africa to combat wildlife poaching.
Ranch Diaries: The era of the landless agrarian
Ranch Diaries: The era of the landless agrarian
I’m part of a generation of young farmers and ranchers who will struggle to ever own the land they work.
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