Writers on the Range

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    The Colorado River is sending us a message

    By Gary Wockner

    Writers on the Range

    It feels like an apocalypse in the Southwest – wildfires, floods, drought, heat, smoke. This was not the norm when I moved to Colorado 35 years ago. Climate scientists may have predicted the arrival of these extreme events, but many… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Looking back to when water was plentiful

    By Dave Marston

    During his 50 years in rural western Colorado, Jamie Jacobson has seen a lot of flooding. While caretaking a farm in 1974, Jacobson watched three acres of its riverfront float away. More recently, it’s been drought, and then worse drought.

    Jacobson farms on Lamborn Mesa,…

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  • Locations: Columns Published

    Somerset left in the lurch

    Only about 100 people live in Somerset in western Colorado, a former coal company town squeezed into a narrow valley. A state highway and railroad tracks crowd on one side, the North Fork of the Gunnison River on the other.
    Some say there’s charm in the town’s narrow… read more →