What is Open Range News?

A showcase for the work of Mark Duggan, a Colorado-based journalist and documentary producer. Mark is the recipient of numerous awards, including Edward R. Murrows for his news reporting and statewide recognition for his website design.

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Making mirrors

Making mirrors

It takes many years to cast a large telescope mirror at the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab. But the race to build an ever-larger celestial eye leads to discoveries in astronomy.

Arizona’s Five Cs

The state’s economy was built on Cattle, Citrus, Climate, Copper, and Cotton.

But today, aerospace, biotech, and tourism drive Arizona.

The Five Cs: A Century Later is a radio documentary that examines the state’s original economic engines. We explore their past and hear predictions about their future.

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The disappearing night sky

The disappearing night sky

Light pollution has made finding the Big Dipper almost impossible for some, as humanity seeks to illuminate more of the world. What does it mean for people to lose their connection to the night sky? A new documentary explores our need for light and our desire to see the heavens.

Forecasters keep an eye on the skies

Forecasters keep an eye on the skies

On a busy monsoon afternoon, the National Weather Service’s Tucson office is an electrified place. Forecasters scramble to track storm cells on radar screens, check stream gauges for runoff levels, and issue warnings on possible downstream flooding. They even watch the storms from a second-floor window.

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Collecting Light: An Exploration of Arizona Astronomy

Tomorrow, we see farther

Astronomers admit that our map of the known universe has many blank spots. There are vast areas of space that are still a mystery. That’s about to change.

Dark skies, bright future

Arizona became an astronomy hub a century ago because of its clear, dark skies. Settlements were small, remote mountaintops plentiful, and clouds rare. Even today, the state gets up to nine months a year of near-perfect conditions for night sky observations.

A century of stargazing

How did Arizona get to be America’s epicenter of astronomy? Part of it was pure luck. But Arizona’s notoriously clear and dark skies also played a role.

The popular science of public observatories

Astronomy is becoming a huge hobby for everyday people. Public viewing programs at observatories are booked months in advance. People want to see what the professional stargazers are seeing. It’s part of the ongoing democratization of astronomy.

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Arizona’s Five Cs: A Century Later

Copper at the Crossroads

Collecting Light:
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