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Culture wars and an embattled Utah monument

By Stephen Trimble

Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument rarely leaves the news. The political tussle over this stunning expanse of red rock canyons…

Rainbow over Cheesebox Butte- Highway 95, photo by Stephen Trimble

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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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The West has too many visiting hunters

By Andrew Carpenter

Hunting may be losing popularity nationally, but in the West the number of hunters is climbing. According to the U.S….

Dan Vigueria, Paonia, Colorado, Grizzly Longbows LLC

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We can help shape this Utah monument

By Jonathan Thompson

When President Joe Biden restored the original boundaries of both Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments in 2021, public-land…

Grand Staircase Escalante, Unsplash/Halie West

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Backcountry heroes always try to bring us back

By Molly Absolon

When I was leading groups into the Wyoming wilderness in the 1990s, once we left a trailhead we were on…

The Tetons in Wyoming, a great place to get lost, photo by Mike

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Mountains don’t need hardware

By Dana Johnson

We humans want the most out of life, so why shouldn’t we push to get more of what we want?…

A female mountain climber pulling herself up a climb. Image credit steele2123 via Istock Photo

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It’s do or die for the Great Salt Lake

By Stephen Trimble

Last November, the Great Salt Lake, iconic landmark of the Great Basin Desert, fell to its lowest surface elevation ever…

Antelope Island Looking Over Great Salt Lake, photo courtesy of Michael Shoemaker

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A dangerous game of chicken on the colorado river

By Kyle Roerink

Central Arizona Project, Arizona, with homes. Image credit US Bureau of Reclamation

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Guess who has outsized clout on public lands?

By Jonathan Thompson

This may be a surprising story. It begins with a working group trying to save the last native bighorn sheep…

Image by Pete Nuij, courtesy of Unsplash

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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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