Writers on the Range

By Pepper Trail PREVIEW Columnist Let’s play a game, the climate-change game that every living thing on Earth has no choice but to play, starting — now. The game is called …

We need to know avalanches inside and out

There’s a fine line between learning from the mistakes of others and shaming people for their ignorance. Twelve people have died in avalanches in the United States this winter, including …

Culture wars and an embattled Utah monument

Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument rarely leaves the news. The political tussle over this stunning expanse of red rock canyons exemplifies all the cultural dissonance in the rural West. …

Freed wolves move into their old niche

What was it like for 10 captured Oregon wolves when Colorado Parks and Wildlife opened their crates on a December day last year? The wolves had been chased by helicopter, drugged, blindfolded and …

Glen Canyon Dam has created a world of mud

When the San Juan River flows out of the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado, it contributes 15 percent of Lake Powell’s water. But there’s a problem: The river carries a …

You’re not the boss in wilderness

When my friends and I encountered the fresh grizzly bear scat, we were deep in Wyoming’s Teton Wilderness, 20 miles from a trailhead. I’d seen grizzlies before — from the car. But …

Town unites to fight a floodplain development

Moab, Utah, is a growing town of 5,300 that up to 5 million people visit each year to hike nearby Arches and Canyonlands national parks, ride mountain bikes and all-terrain vehicles, or raft the …

Energy guru says energy gap can be bridged

The experts tell us an energy gap looms. Fossil fuels are phasing out, and solar and wind power can’t produce enough electricity to meet the demand in coming decades. But that’s not …

A terrible dilemma faces the Great Basin

The long drive between Salt Lake City, Utah, and Reno, Nev., on Interstate 80 feels endless, the landscape timeless. But these basins and ranges of the Great Basin Desert are changing dramatically. …

They struggle to come to America: one woman’s story

Exactly what causes people to leave their homeland and make a difficult trek of 3,000 miles?   A young woman I’ll call Jhovid, who came here from Venezuela, has asked me to listen to …

Ski bum culture hits reality

Nearly two decades ago, I moved to the mountains to be a ski bum, chasing snow. I was a stereotype — an East Coast kid pulled west by the promise of bigger adventures and higher mountain …

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