David Feela

Allen Best

Diane Sylvain

Position: Writers on the Range

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Craig Rowe

Sharlene Leurig

John Calderazzo

Linda Ball

Betsy Marston

Position: Editor, Writer on the Range

Tiananmen Sid and the Koch tank

My rural western Colorado town of Paonia, population 1,500 on a good day, is in many ways a laboratory-scale model of the USA. We worship both community ties and unfettered independence from the...

DATE: July 26, 2012 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

In that case, go ahead and panic

THE WESTDon’t you just love those helpful hints about what to do when you’re caught in a jam while out hiking miles from the nearest rural road? Your first response is probably hopeless despair —...

DATE: July 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

A different voice on the phone

The television and photos he posts online show a wall of flames, smoke plumes billowing in the air like ominous storm clouds. It’s hot as hell outside, with record high heat, and the wind is...

DATE: July 7, 2012 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Notes from a wildfire refugee

The sheriff’s call came at 3:30 a.m.: Leave immediately. Luckily, my wife, SueEllen, and I were already up, grabbing passports, photos, dog food, wall hangings from Thailand and Zanzibar. A...

DATE: June 27, 2012 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Conserving makes more sense than moving water around

Across the West, proposed high-stakes projects to tap new water supplies are generating well-deserved controversy. It’s well-deserved because these projects ignore cheaper alternatives that make a...

DATE: April 14, 2012 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Saying goodbye to the ranch

All my childhood memories take me back to my family’s guest ranch in a remote area of northwest Colorado. Without this place, what would I have to remember?There are the good memories of riding...

DATE: March 31, 2012 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Remember the lessons of the past

Here in Moab, Utah, where we can watch railcars carry off the radioactive uranium waste that was stored right next to the Colorado River, many locals are steeling themselves for the return of yet...

DATE: March 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

You’ll never be a native Craig Childs High Country News

The woman behind the counter asked where I lived. It turns out she grew up in the very same small town, population 300. She said she had to leave it to find a job, moving to the nearest place with...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2012 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

No water plan seems too extreme

The West’s history of developing water sources, occasionally stained with instances of outright theft, is probably best described as “complicated.”Our decisions on who should get what water — and...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2011 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Survival of the worthless

I recently flew from my home in southern Oregon to Denver, giving me the opportunity to reflect on the fate of Western landscapes. As we took off from the Medford airport, it was easy to see how...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2011 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

The light is changing

Suddenly it’s the end of summer, and everything is different: The light has started to tilt and deepen, and the landscape has that burnished look, as if it’s been drenched in honey and ripened by...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2011 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Great hope, great fear

Last month, three little girls, ages 8, 5 and 2, and their mother, were killed in a Wyoming flash flood that washed away their van. It was the kind of torrential downpour climatologists predict...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2011 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

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