Writers on the Range


Writers on the Range is opinion from the ground up. Got a beef with beef? An experience that changed your mind about the American West? Writers from the region tell their story in 750 words. Op eds are syndicated to 50-plus papers, and they also appear here, on the HCN website. For more information, contact Writers on the Range editor, Betsy Marston: betsym at hcn.org.


How to keep independent bookstores alive
How to keep independent bookstores alive
We need bookstores that answer only to their communities.
An argument against fish hatcheries
An argument against fish hatcheries
‘Planting fish’ doesn’t solve the problems that led to the need to plant them in the first place.
It’s not the Wild West anymore. Look before you shoot.
It’s not the Wild West anymore. Look before you shoot.
Carrying a gun in the backcountry isn’t the issue—responsible use is.
How I escaped post-election blues
How I escaped post-election blues
Elk hunting offers a necessary distraction.
What’s in a name? An Alaska town finds out.
What’s in a name? An Alaska town finds out.
The city of Barrow sheds its conquest-era name for one from Iñupiaq culture: Utqiaġvik.
A new journalism, past fear-mongering
A new journalism, past fear-mongering
Reporting solutions is a form of resistance in its own right.
How to fix exclusive resort towns
How to fix exclusive resort towns
It’s time to rethink urbanization in mountain communities.
A showdown at Standing Rock is coming
A showdown at Standing Rock is coming
Army Corps orders evacuation, but support for protesters swells.
Trump’s promises are empty when it comes to energy
Trump’s promises are empty when it comes to energy
Will laid-off energy workers get their jobs back? No. Regulations have nothing to do with this bust.
An interloper’s eye-opening Thanksgiving
An interloper’s eye-opening Thanksgiving
A city dweller recounts a holiday spent with a Native American family.
Two lesser-known reasons to celebrate our public lands
Two lesser-known reasons to celebrate our public lands
It may be the Park Service’s 100th year, but these policies have done a lot for open space.
Clearcutting the Tongass National Forest is dead wrong
Clearcutting the Tongass National Forest is dead wrong
To avert the worst climate change impacts, old forests and their massive carbon reserves must be protected.
In a divided town, what to do after a polarizing election
In a divided town, what to do after a polarizing election
If you were shocked by the election results, you should step outside of your silo.
Back to civics class: 10 things to know about Standing Rock
Back to civics class: 10 things to know about Standing Rock
It’s high time for a crash course in federalism and representative democracy.
The case against condors in Hells Canyon
The case against condors in Hells Canyon
Researchers contemplate introducing the endangered bird in Oregon— but why meddle?
Biggest loser at Comb Ridge? The public.
Biggest loser at Comb Ridge? The public.
A landmark within the proposed Bears Ears Monument was sold to private interests.
Why the Malheur verdict sets a dangerous example
Why the Malheur verdict sets a dangerous example
Lawyers “aimed too high” for a conspiracy charge—and lost it all.
How can we protect our National Parks? Here’s an idea.
How can we protect our National Parks? Here’s an idea.
Maintenance issues abound, a new Civilian Conservation Corps could lend a hand.
The fading grandeur of the Glen Canyon Dam
The fading grandeur of the Glen Canyon Dam
Silt and erosion threaten to clog up the enduring structure.
Should we accept invasive species that don’t cause harm?
Should we accept invasive species that don’t cause harm?
Amid a national immigration debate, the collared dove raises questions about acceptance.
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