Opinion

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 …

The reality of war

The first major battle of the American Civil War, on July 21, 1861, earned the nickname “picnic battle” because spectators showed up with sandwiches and opera glasses.   These …

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 …

Will they cry for me after I’m gone?

We begin a new year and leave behind an old one. We lost friends in 2023. The thought makes me ponder as to what we’re doing these last years of our lives. Are we leaving behind anything of …

The rustling of wings

Are those wings I hear? Yes, they are. I’m taking wings and flying toward a new horizon. I’m trusting others are also moving toward new possibilities in this new year. We need to …

Learning to rejoice always

I listened for the soft pitter-patter of feet on our dark, laminate wood floor, but it didn’t come. It wouldn’t come. But how I missed the sound. For 17 years we had established a routine …

What did Westerners care about in 2023?

This past year, Writers on the Range, an independent opinion service based in Western Colorado, sent out 52 weekly opinion columns. They were provided free of charge to more than 200 subscribing …

A warning from the snowbirds

No, this isn’t about those folks who spend their winters in Arizona or Florida. The snowbird behind this warning is an actual bird, the dark-eyed junco, a small creature you probably know if …

A new Christmas perspective

My early-age perspective of Christmas was skewed as much as most every child’s is today. The premise that Christmas is nothing more than getting goodies and gifts overshadowed the story of the …

The flame of good news

During the Christmas season, we pull out our Christmas tree lights. We light candles and place them in the window. We participate in family traditions and bring the good news into our homes. For …

Emergency alerts and turning off the motor

Readers ask me, “How’s Whiskey, Sweet Al’s hunting dog? Is she still alive?” And I say, “Only by my good graces.” One morning recently I walked around …

No quit in the game

In a recent interview, Deion Sanders said, “The boys are getting better. There is no quit in the game.” This was before the Washington State game, when the sportscaster talked about …

Pulling thistles, sowing hope

For the past few years I’ve participated in “Thistle Thursdays,” targeting a popular trail near Jackson, Wyo. The weekly weed party was organized in 2019 by Morgan Graham, wildlife …

The season of good tidings and cheer is officially upon us. But what if you are not feeling particularly cheerful? What if you are still struggling through the aftermath of trauma? This happy time of …

Keep growing this holiday season with festive plants

Holiday horticulture tends to revolve around the same handful of plants. So, if you don’t already have any or all of these five holiday plants, now is the time to get them. …

Big brother to the rescue

I’m all about comfort. A good recliner and good comfortable shoes are all I need. I’ve thrown away my 3-inch heels and now wear ugly shoes I would’ve never been caught dead in them …

By Carole Howard  | PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff Our new free Great Stories Club for teens begins tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for ages 13 and up.  Pizza and …

The West has too many visiting hunters

By Andrew Carpenter | PREVIEW Columnist Hunting may be losing popularity nationally, but, in the West, the number of hunters is climbing.  According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in …

Creative builders get rural housing done

By Dave Marston | PREVIEW Columnist Here’s a statistic to be unhappy about: Colorado and Utah host the fifth and sixth most expensive housing markets in the country, according to …

Is a pumpkin a fruit or vegetable?

By Robin Young | PREVIEW Columnist Inquiring minds might want to know: Is the orange orb a fruit or vegetable? The answer may surprise you. A pumpkin is, in fact, a fruit. According to expert Joe …

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