Writers on the Range

What not to do
What not to do

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By Marjorie "Slim" Woodruff / Writers on the Range
A leaky argument
A leaky argument

As much as some don’t like them, ditch inefficiencies give us wetlands

By Richard Knight / Writers on the Range
A looming threat
A looming threat

Proposed cell tower will be ‘spear in the heart’ of Bears Ears

By Mark Maryboy / Writers on the Range
The other side
The other side

Teton Pass road collapse exposes more than just geographic divide

By Molly Absolon / Writers on the Range
A perfect storm
A perfect storm

Navigating a way through the increasingly fraught home-insurance forest

By Dave Marston / Writers on the Range
Changing the story
Changing the story

Unlike in big cities, bookstores are thriving in small towns
 

By John Clayton / Writers on the Range
What Aspen can teach us
What Aspen can teach us

‘Greedheads’ can’t be stopped, but they can be pressured to do the right thing

By Jacob Richards / Writers on the Range
Leaving tracks
Leaving tracks

As Iron Horse turns 52, remembering its roots and founder

By David Marston / Writers on the Range
We won't forget
We won't forget

“100 Years of Silence” draws attention to brutal incarceration of Utes

By Shaun Ketchum Jr. / Writers on the Range
A valuable tool
A valuable tool

In defense of big cat hunting and rejecting 'ballot box biology'

By Andrew Carpenter
Cat fight
Cat fight

Bobcats and other wild cats need protection, not ruthless killing for their pelts

By Ted Williams / Writers on the Range
Lightening the load
Lightening the load

Perhaps the best way to deal with belongings is to give – not store – them away

By Rich Wandschneider / Writers on the Range
So much worth saving
So much worth saving

For ornithologist Pepper Trail, being bird-brained is a good thing 

By Jonathan Romeo / Writers on the Range
Cruel but not unusual
Cruel but not unusual

In Wyoming, tormenting a wolf before killing it is not a big deal
 

By Wendy Keefover
Roll the dice
Roll the dice

The winners and losers in the climate-change game

By Pepper Trail / Writers on the Range
A mile in their boots
A mile in their boots

Understanding avalanches requires examining own, others’ blind spots

By Molly Absolon / Writers on the Range
Still in the crosshairs
Still in the crosshairs

Culture wars at root of embattled Bears Ears National Monument 
 

By Stephen Trimble
Free land wasn't free
Free land wasn't free

Family takes steps to right history’s wrongs against Native Nations
 

By Rebecca Clarren / Writers on the Range
Old stomping grounds
Old stomping grounds

A hypothetical glimpse into the lives of Colorado’s new residents

By Clint McKnight / Writers on the Range
The sandy Juan
The sandy Juan

Glen Canyon Dam and the muddy mess it's left behind

By Dave Marston / Writers on the Range

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By Allen Best / Big Pivots

Agreement helps carve a path forward for town long dependent on coal

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Reining it in
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By Kathleen O'Connor

Amid rise in complaints, City embarks on renewed campaign to educate dog owners
 

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Rolling retro
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Rolling retro
By Missy Votel

Vintage bikes get their day to shine with upcoming swap and sale

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Coming full circle
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By Missy Votel

Momentum for composting is growing – will the buck(et) stop in Durango?
 

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Why did the fish cross the road?
07/18/2024

If you’re planning a late-summer mushroom hunt or Hermosa Creek ride, be forewarned. The Hermosa Park Road, aka FR 578 – the one that parallels Purgatory’s backside – will be closed Aug. 19 – Sept. 13 so crews can replace culverts to accommodate reintroduced native Colorado River Cutthroat trout.

High anxiety
07/11/2024

Bad news for hangover sufferers. That greasy burger and fries you reach for the morning after may actually compound your problems. According to a study by the CU Boulder – a school that knows a thing or two about hangovers, speaking from personal experience – a high-fat diet can make you even more anxious.

We will rock you
07/04/2024

It’s time for one of Durango’s time-honored annual traditions. The Four Corners Gem and Mineral Show rolls into the La Plata County Fairgrounds on July 12-14. This will be the event’s 70th year, which is not exactly old in geological (or presidential) terms but certainly impressive by mere rock jock standards. 

Return to Hogwarts
06/27/2024

Durango is the confluence of a lot of things: mountains and desert; new West and old. And next month, it will also be the confluence of good medicine. From July 10-13, Fort Lewis College hosts the 14th annual International Good Medicine Confluence, a gathering of “natural healers, nature lovers and culture-shifters from all over the world.”

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