Writers on the Range

The Colorado River is sending a message

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It feels like an apocalypse in the Southwest — wildfires, floods, drought, heat, smoke. This was not the norm when I moved to Colorado...

Gun nut has a warning

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When I was a young man growing up in rural Oregon, there was a term for people like me: “gun nut.”  By my 20s I...

As Lake Powell dwindles, wonders open up

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On May 9, protected by neoprene, I bobbed around in a flooded canyon in Utah’s Lake Powell. The reservoir had fallen below 35% full,...

The West badly needs a restoration economy

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Farmington, a city of 45,000 in the northwestern corner of New Mexico, has run on a fossil fuel economy for a century. It is...

It all began with pizza

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In the mid-1960s, my dad served on the school board in Cortez, in rural southern Colorado. He recalled that at one meeting he said...

We need to act now to fight wildfires

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For the 2021 fire season, the writing is on the wall. The West, despite a few days of intense winter, is far drier than...