Writer

David Marston

David Marston writes about the economic institutions of the West, natural resources in particular.  He lives in New York City and Colorado, part-time.  He has been published in the Colorado Sun, the Pueblo Chieftain, Grand Junction Sentinel, Denver Post and the High Country News!  He is also one of the trio behind the rebooted Writers on the Range.


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How I learned to love maggots

By David Marston

If you’re one of those people who composts everything you can think of because you want to build up your…

Black Soldier Flies in author, David Marston’s hand

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Looking back to when water was plentiful

By David Marston

During his 50 years in rural western Colorado, Jamie Jacobson has seen a lot of flooding. While caretaking a farm…

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Call it Bindweed or thistle – Writers on the Range just won’t die

By David Marston

It sprouted again during a fall hike in 2019. Betsy, Steve Mandell, his wife, Terri, and I, agreed that Writers on the Range deserved to live again.

Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash

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An isolated area gets the vaccine job done

By David Marston

“The two small counties, including the indigenous community of the Southern Ute Nation, were ready when 4,000 of those doses—10% of the state’s total—arrived.”

Photograph by Fadil Fauzi, courtesy of Unsplash

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Billionaire mine owner leaves a tiny town in the lurch

By David Marston

“..a visitor to the town notices abandoned cars parked willy-nilly and piles of junk that look as old as the town itself. “

Photograph Courtesy of Somerset Water District website

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Who Calls the Shots on the Colorado River?

By David Marston

Once you pay for fallowed fields, you’ll end up with landowners who are investors first, like Water Asset Management.

Photograph by Jon Flobrant, courtesy of Unsplash

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A Move Toward Water Speculation

By David Marston

“Just talking about demand management has already attracted deep-pocketed investors..”

Photo by RedCharlie, Courtesy of Unsplash

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A Clear Warning About the Colorado River

By David Marston

For the West this summer, the news about water was grim.  In some parts of California, it didn’t rain for…

Photograph by Ken Cheung, Courtesy of Unsplash

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If the Water Goes, the Desert Moves in

By David Marston

“Without water, you’ve got nothing around here.”

Photograph by David Marston

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ALMOST 70 WHEN THE VIRUS ENDED HIS JOB

By David Marston

Brezonick knows that the huge furnaces that burn coal are closing fast. “I don’t think coal will recover and society has turned against it,”

Photograph by Matt Brezonick

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A DEPRESSED TOWN FIGHTS BACK

By David Marston

This is a place that knows the pain of an industry cutting back.

Photograph by Jeffrey Beall, Flickr

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WHEN THE VIRUS HITS YOU, IT HITS HARD

By David Marston

Friday the virus had its way with me:

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