Position: Writers on the Range

Position: Editor, Writer on the Range

High and fast water makes for creative fishing

I’m not real religious when it comes to prayer. In fact my prayers are usually for good cigars, better whiskey, and fish in love with dry flies. I’m a man of simple needs. However, when the...

DATE: July 6, 2015 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Yellowstone's a place to be thankful for

By Don Oliver It's November, and it seems anyone writing a column does a "being thankful" column. Well, I'm no different. Last September, while standing in the middle of an area comprised of...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2014 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Want to fish? Head north along the Animas

The River of Lost Souls, also known as the Animas River, downstream from Durango has always been a fun and challenging fishery. From the 32nd Street bridge south to Bondad, the Animas is known for...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2014 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Thank you, John McPhee

In the final part of John McPhee’s 1971 classic, Encounters with the Archdruid, David Brower and Floyd Dominy — both men I would have loved to meet — raft the Grand Canyon together. Dominy, then...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2013 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Monuments ... blah. National parks ... ooh!

There’s been a lot of hoopla and public meetings here in Grand Junction, Colo., about turning the nearby Colorado National Monument into a national park. My opinion is simply: Why not? I know this...

DATE: July 11, 2013 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Treasures don’t have to be parks

As a close neighbor and regular user of Colorado National Monument in western Colorado close to Grand Junction, I suffered a sharp attack of NIMBYism when I heard of a 2011 proposal to turn one of...

DATE: July 11, 2013 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Learning to live with wildfire

The enormous column of black smoke towered before me. As the Hammer Fire closed in on the backcountry workstation that I call home in the summer, fear spread from my hard hat to the soles of my...

DATE: July 4, 2013 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Hard choices for an uncertain future

Stepping onto the stage of the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, Colo., his biceps bulging after chopping vegetables six hours a day for 21 months while in prison, Tim DeChristopher got a standing...

DATE: June 17, 2013 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

No thanks, Estonia

At any given moment, 20 million people are video chatting with friends and relatives in distant lands. Skype, the ingenious software that makes this possible, was developed in Estonia, a tiny...

DATE: May 30, 2013 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Enough, already!

I love mountain biking. And the trails I ride in Western Colorado are as good as anyplace you can boast about. But it's no secret that throughout much of the western United States, many of the...

DATE: March 29, 2013 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

No more gold giveaways on public lands

Since 1872, mining interests have made billions of dollars by removing and selling valuable minerals from our public lands without having to pay a cent to the American taxpayer. This is one of the...

DATE: March 20, 2013 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

A lost world revealed by drought

Looking down into a valley near the edge of Lake Mead, it was hard to believe that the bustling town of St. Thomas had ever thrived below. A woman shielded her eyes from the October sun and asked...

DATE: March 1, 2013 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

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