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A water-stressed valley needs to curb development  

By Rebecca Lawton

In my drought- and fire-plagued home valley, 40 miles north of San Francisco, a debate has been simmering for decades…

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Plenty of food, but not for all farmworkers 

By Astra Lincoln

On a summer morning in southern Idaho, the day breaks early, before 6 a.m. The air is stale, never fully…

Farm workers harvesting yellow bell peppers near Gilroy, California.

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How much will a name change change?

By Tim Lydon

It was late November in Alaska and a lousy day for deer hunting. Rough seas rocked our small boat, and…

View of Kenai Mountains, not far from the former Squaw Bay

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This grizzly family comes with paparazzi

By Molly Absolon

My neighbor is famous. She has 50,000 followers on Facebook and a recent post on her page there had 4,200…

Mother grizzly 399 and her four cubs

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A do-it-yourself, homegrown national park

By Asta Bowen

National parks have been getting a lot of love since the pandemic, so much that this summer you need reservations…

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Wildlife Fauxtography

By Ted Williams

I’m disgusted with American journalism. It’s boring. I blame editors for assigning uninteresting stories, and people interviewed for being evasive….

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Affordable housing shouldn’t have to take a miracle

By Benjamin Waddell

Residents of the Westside Mobile Home Park in Durango, in southern Colorado, called it a miracle: They now own the…

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Want to farm? Get a cash register

By Dave Marston

In 1991, when Lee Bradley started farming near Paonia in the North Fork Valley of Colorado, he was hired to…

Image credit: P.j. Briscoe

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Unusual Coalition Unites for Clean Energy

By Matt Witt

Communities in the West can stand up to giant outside corporations if they want to win a renewable energy future,…

Packed State and federal hearings were packed with so many ranchers, farmers, climate activists, Tribal members, anglers, and others that it was often “sitting room only.”

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Idaho is a difficult state

By Crista Worthy

There’s something different about the state of Idaho that’s beyond the adjective “quirky.” My husband and I may have lived…

Photo credit: Idaho Potato Commission

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Trailer park residents hope to buy the land beneath them

By Benjamin Waddell
Informal meeting of mothers strategizing at the park March 18 photo credit Ben Waddell

Just outside Durango, Colorado there’s a trailer park called Westside that I’ve been driving by all my life. Yet residents…

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Don’t blame the Upper Basin states

By George Sibley

But the Bureau of Reclamation has regularly and faithfully released to the Lower Basin, from Powell Reservoir, the Colorado River Compact and Mexican Treaty allotments –- 8.23 million acre-feet only dropping a little below those allotments half a dozen times since Powell began to fill in the 1960s.

Bryan Egner US Dept. of energy Glen Canyon Dam 2018

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The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, Colorado places a premium on content that examines management of public lands and natural resources. We’re big fans of Writers on the Range. The contributors come from all walks of life, but their column always hit home with our readers, for whom access to public lands is an important part of the lifestyle in western Colorado. Cutbacks to the newsroom have seriously hampered our coverage of the environment. Most often these stories are best told by people who have first-hand experience dealing with a particular challenges — from loving favorite trails to death to rebuilding coal communities or threats to the sagebrush sea. Writers on the Range consistently identifies problems and solutions in a thorough and engaging way. We need more of this kind of advocacy journalism on our opinion pages because it fosters understanding and dialogue about the unique living conditions in the American West.

Andy Smith, Opinion Page Editor
Grand Junction Sentinel, Grand Junction, CO

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