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What do we owe wildland firefighters?

By Jonathon Golden

Vacancies, of course, limit how much federal firefighters can do. If Western communities want to be protected, they need to ensure that their firefighters receive better pay and benefits.

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Is the American Dream fading in the West?

By Benjamin Waddell
Guanajuato Photo credit Waddell

I recently spent two days with a Mexican national named Alfredo because his experience and many of his surprising opinions…

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A backroad journey through time

By Dennis Hinkamp

Moab on a mid-fall weeknight was full. All the motels, RV parks and tents sites had “no vacancy” notices. Every…

Car Forest is 30 miles outside of Tonopah, NV, photo credit, Dennis Hinkamp

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A grassroots effort can defy the odds

By Louisa Wilcox

This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most spectacular conservation victories in recent history: the defeat of…

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Telling the truth about the way we live now

By Laura Pritchett

Evonne lives in a fire lookout in Oregon, and since I meet with these graduate students on Zoom, we’ve all…

Lookout tower

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A community of river guides copes with loss

By Rebecca Lawton

The Grand Canyon boating community — devoted to each other and to the Colorado River — was shocked to learn…

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A Japanese-American internment camp has much to teach us

By Paul Zaenger

“While other children were sent to daycare, when I was 3 years old I was sent to a Japanese-American prison,”…

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This rancher has radical ideas about water

By David Marston

If Jim Howell, a fourth-generation rancher in Western Colorado, has a guru, he’s Allan Savory, the champion of intensive cattle…

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Sometimes, the simplest things can help wildlife

By Richard Knight Heather Dannahower

“Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roamWhere the deer and the antelope playWhere seldom is heard a discouraging…

Ranch manager Zach Thode, works beside professors and students to help wildlife

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Let’s redefine those bucket lists

By Marjorie “Slim” Woodruff

What did we learn this summer and fall? We learned that people who’d been cooped up, thanks to COVID-19, flocked…

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If you see racism, call it out

By Wayne Hare

Black Americans get a lot of messages about who matters and who does not in this country, and the question…

Dixie National Forest

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Please don’t pet the wildlife

By Kelsey Wellington

“I can’t believe that person is getting that close.” Just off the road stands a bull elk — a 700-pound…

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Chaco Culture National Park is under siege

By Bruce Babbitt

It is not an exaggeration to say that New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park is under siege. A surge…

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Although the Sun is well-served through contracts with the New York Times News Service and Tribune News Service, the columns we receive from those syndicates tend to focus mostly on national issues. That’s where Writers on the Range has been invaluable to us. The group’s focus on Western issues – water conservation, the drought and climate change, environmental protection for fragile desert areas and more – allow the Sun to provide its audience with content that illuminates and adds to the public dialogue
on policy.

The Sun strongly supports the group, and hope it continues to operate for years to come. 

Ric Anderson, Editorial Page Editor
Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas, NV

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