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Glen Canyon Dam has created a world of mud

By Dave Marston

When the San Juan River flows out of the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado, it contributes 15% of Lake…

Calving sediment below Clay Hills, UT San Juan River, courtesy Chad Niehaus

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War comes home to my small town

By Matt Witt

At the coffee shops in Talent, the little Oregon town where I live, the conversation is often about the high…

War is not the answer, Matt Witt photo

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Rosa Parks gives a talk in my small town

By Betsy Marston

It was 2 p.m. on a recent Sunday in the western Colorado town of Paonia, population 1,500, not an ideal…

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You’re not the boss in wilderness

By John Clayton

When my friends and I encountered the fresh grizzly bear scat, we were deep in Wyoming’s Teton Wilderness, 20 miles…

Buck Lake, Frank Church RIver of no Return Wilderness; Challis Idaho: courtesy USFS

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Collaboration gets you farther than insults

By Ben Long

Is there any habit harder to break than harboring a grudge against an old adversary? Yet burying hatchets is exactly…

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Town unites to fight a floodplain development

By Mary Moran

Moab, Utah is a growing town of 5,300 that several million people visit each year to tour nearby Arches and…

Colorado River near Moab, Utah/Courtesy Writers on the Range

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Where have all the doctors gone?

By Katie Klingsporn

There’s never been enough doctors in rural Wyoming, where I live, but a shortage of obstetricians is now increasing the…

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Energy guru says energy gap can be bridged

By Dave Marston

The experts tell us an energy gap looms. Fossil fuels are phasing out, and solar and wind power can’t produce…

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A terrible dilemma faces the Great Basin

By Stephen Trimble

The long drive between Salt Lake City, Utah and Reno, Nevada on Interstate 80 feels endless, the landscape timeless. But…

Toquima Range from Monitor Valley, Nevada, Steve Trimble photo

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They struggle to come to America: One woman’s story

By Laura Pritchett

Exactly what causes people to leave their homeland and make a difficult trek of 3,000 miles? A young woman I’ll…

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What did Westerners care about in 2023?

By Betsy Marston

This past year, Writers on the Range, an independent opinion service based in western Colorado, sent out 52 weekly opinion…

Arches National Park, image courtesy Writers on the Range

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Ski bum culture hits reality

By Heather Hansman

Nearly two decades ago, I moved to the mountains to be a ski bum, chasing snow. I was a stereotype—an…

Robson Hatsukami Morgan, via Unsplash

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