Writers on the Range

Writers on the Range was a project of High Country News from 1998 to 2018. It is now an independent nonprofit organization.


We can have electricity, jobs and clean air
A former Hopi chairman says that the owners of the Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, Nev., whose smoke pollutes the air of the Hopi Reservation, have the ability and the obligation to clean up the plant without closing down.
...but let's not forget about the past
In his own words, Land Lindbergh argues that the mining industry has dominated the political process, defeated adequate standards, and needs to take responsibility for its mistakes.
Give the mining industry a second chance...
In his own words, Dave Skinner argues that environmentalists exaggerate the threat from mining and that the industry is making good changes.
A visit with the River People of Hanford Reach
The 60-member Wanapum Tribe has never lost its spiritual connection to Washington's Columbia River, and is now hoping to reclaim the only free-flowing stretch left - the Hanford Reach.
Wyoming's heroes celebrate a birthday
At the Wyoming Outdoor Council's 30th birthday party in Lander, Wyo., founder Tom Bell is honored.
Excerpts from a New West dictionary
A parody of a dictionary offers a humorous take on some of the buzzwords in the West.
One county's misgivings over not-so-ordinary housing
Architect and developer Michael Reynolds runs into trouble with Taos County, N.M., over his belief that the "Earthships" he builds don't require building permits or fall under local land-use regulations.
At Tahoe forum, a tribe wins a deal
Washoe Tribal Chairman Brian Wallace gains assurances from President Clinton at the forum on Lake Tahoe that the Washoe Indians have rights to Lake Tahoe land.
Foreman finds hope amid ecological rubble
Environmentalist Dave Foreman, in a talk in Paonia, Colo., praises conservation biology as a way to restore the wild, but hesitates to offer on-the-ground details of the cure.
After 120 years, the Nez Perce come home
The Nez Perce Indians regain Oregon land lost to them for 120 years, and decide to use it as a wildlife preserve.
Some hook and bullet magazines hit the mark
A review looks at what's good and bad about the top five American hook-and-bullet magazines.
'Road warriors' spread out over Utah
A "Road Warrior" for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance tries to find and document roads claimed to exist in BLM wilderness study areas.
Founding father challenges his movement
At the Western States Coalition Summit VII in Salt Lake City, cracks in the wise-use movement are revealed as the small grassroots groups and some founding members such as Chuck Cushman fear People for the West has grown too big and bureaucratic.
High Country Blues
High Country Blues, an April Fool's parody, demonstrates that staff is definitely losing its mind and is probably more than a few AUMs short of a grazing allotment, as we say out here in the West.
Oregon's ranchers vote for survival
A contrast between two attempts at consensus shows Oregon ranchers willing to work at compromise while their New Mexican counterparts "just say no" to any change.
Green hate in the land of enchantment
An environmentalist struggles to untangle the web of misunderstanding, fear and hate that embroils Hispanos, conservationists and wise-users over forest use in northern New Mexico.
Build it, and folks will come
Building the newest addition to Colorado's hut system for skiers and hikers meant long, cold hours of work at 11,300 feet in the Gore Range.
A rodent that can outlast a camel in the desert
Retired University of Montana zoologist Bert Pfeiffer studies "a very unusual animal" remarkably adapted to drought.
'Nobody gives a damn about the prairie dog'
The much-maligned praire dog is a more interesting - and more beneficial - animal than most Westerners know.
Wise-users try to whip up a recipe for their own salvation
At a wise-use conference in Casper, Wyo., participants express a variety of concerns and possible solutions to what they see as the West's problems.
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