David Anderson

Advertising, Sponsor & Partner Development

An import from Minnesota, David joined High Country News in March 2009. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing and sales and an upbeat personality, he helps keep our advertising pages filled. He enjoys a good game of golf, live music, and spending time with his family, including his wife Stevi and son Skylar.

email: davida at

Beckie Avara

Finance Manager

Beckie began working with High Country News in 2014, moving to Paonia from the front range of Colorado. If you don't see her behind a computer screen working hard on our books, she's probably traveling to some exotic location.

emailravera at

Paige Blankenbuehler

Editorial Fellow

Paige is a Colorado native and loves to write about changes in recreation in the West. She began covering regional and environmental issues at newspapers in the state and went on to pursue a master's in journalism at the University of Missouri. After her short stint in the Midwest, she returned to the West for the six-month HCN internship during the summer of 2015. When she's not writing, she likes to get swallowed by the wilderness on long backpacking trips.

email: paigeb at

Brian Calvert

Managing Editor

Brian, a fourth-generation Wyoming native, grew up in Pinedale and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1994 with a BA in English liberal arts and minors in writing and media studies. He has worked as a foreign correspondent, writer, audio journalist, and most recently, a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. After extensive time in Cambodia, China and Afghanistan, Brian has a new appreciation for the West and is thrilled to be back. When he's not working, you can find him outside, trying to regain his mountain hardiness.

email: brianc at

Cally Carswell

Contributing Editor

Cally got her start in public radio before taking the print plunge as an HCN intern and editorial fellow in 2009. New Mexico-born, Chicago-raised, Cally spent her pre-HCN decades plotting her return to the Southwest. Happy to once again be a tiny dot in a big landscape, she writes and edit news and features for the magazine, mentors (and drinks beer with) interns, produces multimedia, and reads. A lot.

email: callyc at

Sarah Gilman

Contributing Editor

Sarah has covered the West's natural resources, politics and people since 2006. Before moving to Portland, Oregon, to write features, shorts and blogs and continue editing cover stories and news, she spent six and a half years flogging writers and managing the intern program as High Country News' in-house associate editor. She grew up in Boulder, Colorado and has spent most of her adult life in small towns in the Rockies, studying white-crowned sparrows, reporting at a daily newspaper and working on a trail crew. Her favorite tool — from her days building steps and retaining walls on the slopes of Mount Massive outside Leadville — is the double jack. These days, she's also especially partial to her 8-lb. maul.

email: sarah at

Lyndsey Gilpin


Lyndsey was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, so she grew up exploring the Appalachian Mountains and the Southeastern U.S. She earned her master's degree at Medill School of Journalism in Chicago and then started working at TechRepublic, a CBS interactive website based in Louisville, where she reported on renewable energy development, gender equality and diversity in the tech industry, and innovations in food and agriculture. She also co-authored a book called Follow the Geeks, which is about the future of work. Before becoming an HCN intern, Lyndsey made the move out West and landed in Los Angeles, freelancing for Forbes, Grist, The Atlantic, and more along the way. When she isn't writing, she's practicing yoga or hiking wherever she can find a trail.

emaillyndseyg at

Ben Goldfarb


Ben Goldfarb is a native New Yorker who first made his way West back in 2009, when he helped the National Park Service kill invasive trout in Yellowstone. Since then, he's taught English and agricultural science in Thailand, advocated for environmental protection in Alaska, conducted forestry research in the urban jungles of the Bronx, and worked steadily as a freelance writer. Ben interned with HCN in 2014, and is pleased to remain with the magazine as a correspondent.

email: bengoldfarb at

Bryce Gray


Bryce Gray first developed an appreciation for the small towns and scenery of the West while riding a 49 cc motor scooter from Boston to Berkeley back in 2011. That love deepened during his time as editor of the Lake County Leader newspaper on Montana’s Flathead Reservation from 2012 to 2014. Bryce majored in environmental studies and played baseball at Carleton College and was a Comer Scholar focused on environmental coverage as a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Besides touching on natural resource issues, he has covered golf in Greenland, the hunt for the oldest shipwreck on the upper Great Lakes, and the possible existence of the Flathead Lake Monster. He has lived in seven different states before arriving in Paonia, with the longest stint in Voorheesville, New York.

email: bryceg at

Alexis Halbert

Associate Publisher

Born in the Bahamas, Alexis has a special place in her heart for pink sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and ever expanding blue sky. She has also lived in Chicago, Ann Arbor, rural Oregon, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and was recently lured to the Rocky Mountains by her husband Matthew. Alexis brings diverse experience in project management for non-profits and private businesses to her role at HCN as associate publisher. She received her B.S. from the University of Michigan in globalization and natural resource management and a certification in project management from San Francisco State University. Alexis also currently serves as a Champion for the Orton Family Foundation’s Heart & Soul Program and on the Member Advisory Committee for her local rural electric cooperative. When she is not working or volunteering, Alexis loves to grow food, cook, eat pastries, visit family, travel and play music.

email: alexishalbert at

Jan Hoffman

Finance Assistant

Jan comes to HCN from nearby Crawford where she manages a huge garden when she isn't helping with our finances.

emailjanh at

Kati Johnson

Circulation Assistant

Since November 2011, our new circulation assistant, Kati Johnson, has been helping to fill the caverns of HCN’s databases with information. She’s also one of the friendly voices you may hear when you call our headquarters. The comforts of family and fast food from her hometown of Omaha, Neb., tug at her heartstrings from time to time, but as a Paonia resident since 2004, she loves the small-town convenience of living close to everything she needs. On a typical weekend, she’s playing cards and dice with her two teenage boys, Jonas and Noah, humiliating her husband, Ryan, at cribbage or reading a book.

email: katij at

JoAnn Kalenak

Subscription Marketer

After many years at HCN working various positions including graphic designer and advertising sales manager, JoAnn now plans and executes subscription acquisition and retention campaigns. She is responsible for growing the number of paid print and digital subscribers to the magazine using various strategies, promotions and events. JoAnn has been in the publishing business since she was a skinny gal of 15 helping her dad with the family newspaper, Military Times. She recently earned her Professional Marketer Certificate and continues to grow and update her knowledge of publication marketing.  JoAnn is a long-term board member for a local animal rescue organization and is the Volunteer Director of the organization's animal shelter. She moved to Paonia with her husband in 2002 and has enjoyed the uniqueness of life in a small community ever since.

email: joann at

Gretchen King 

Outreach Coordinator

Gretchen is excited to hear from HCN readers and help them forge a stronger connection to the stories of the West. Her work here focuses on social media, syndication and website engagement. With a B.S. in journalism and Master's in professional communications, Gretchen has worked in the web world since 1992 (and knows this dates her to admit). Raised on the Western Slope of Colorado, Gretchen has lived in Boulder, Indiana, Oregon and, most recently, Fairbanks, Alaska. In 2007, she moved to Paonia to open Revolution Brewing ( with her husband, Mike. She loves any mountain experience, a good beer, yoga and spending time with her family, including her son, Riley.

email: gretchenk at

Stephanie Kyle 

Circulation Assistant

Stephanie has called western Colorado her home since 1975. After raising five terrific kids she is now raising horses and cows with her husband, Larry. Stephanie enjoys riding in the back country as often as possible and living the country life.

email: stephaniek at

Krista Langlois


After years of transience, Krista Langlois started out as an HCN intern in 2013 and has stuck around western Colorado ever since. Now a correspondent for the magazine, she writes from her home outside Durango. She's also written for Slate, Alaska magazine, Adventure Journal and elsewhere. When not glued to a computer screen, she can usually be found upsidedown in a river somewhere, attempting to kayak. 

email: kristal at

Paul Larmer

Executive Director/Publisher

After completing his internship in 1984, Paul went on to hold almost every possible position at High Country News. He is now responsible for working with the board of directors, drumming up funding and generally making sure the magazine is sailing in the right direction. He holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Policy and worked for years at the Sierra Club. Every summer he plants a few crops on his small ranch in Western Colorado and pretends to be a farmer.

email: plarmer at

Christine List

Development Assistant

Development assistant Christine List says the decision to move to Paonia, Colo., HCN's hometown, was a family affair. A Chicago native and longtime Northern California resident, Christine wanted to live in the same town as her daughter, Keaton, and her grandchildren. She brings years of experience as an education and litigation secretary, along with an unusual hobby: making glass beads. "I love playing with fire," admits Christine, who once belonged to a group of bead-makers called the Flame Dames. She's excited about helping HCN grow by encouraging reader contributions, especially via our monthly giving program, and she's looking forward to teaching her grandkids bead-making – as soon as she can get her hands on a torch.

email: christinel at

Betsy Marston

Writers on the Range Editor

She may have edited High Country News for 19 years – longer than anyone else in the history of the publication – but Betsy insists the experience did not make her crazy. She currently edits Writers on the Range and writes the column “Heard Around the West.” She also delights in collecting quirky photos from readers and sharing them on the back page of the magazine. She describes herself as a “volunteeraholic,” and in no particular order, loves Paonia, biking back roads, reading the Sunday New York Times, and her grandchildren Maude, Bruno and Sorcha.

email: betsym at

Kathy Martinez

Circulation Systems Administrator

Since 1995 Kathy has worked her way up the ranks of the HCN Circulation Department from part-time office staff (applying labels to the newspaper when it was mailed from our Paonia office) to Circulation Manager.  Kathy now concentrates on the various ways to crunch numbers needed to support HCNs' many endeavors. When not at HCN you can find her fishing and camping in the great outdoors or staying close to home gardening, cooking and being a grandma.

email: kathy at

Michelle Nijhuis

Contributing Editor

Michelle began her journalism career in 1998, as a High Country News intern, and has written for High Country News ever since. Michelle has also written for Smithsonian, National Geographic and Audubon, and won several national honors including an AAAS Science Journalism Award and inclusion in the anthology Best American Science Writing. A lapsed biologist, Michelle was once paid to chase tortoises through the Sonoran Desert; the tortoises usually won.

email: michelle at

Jodi Peterson

Senior Editor

In 2004, after 16 years as a technical writer, Jodi leapt out of the corporate world to intern with High Country News. A year later, she joined HCN as News Editor; she's now a Senior Editor, after serving as Managing Editor for five years. When she's not in the office, she refuses to get within 50 feet of a computer. Instead, Jodi spends her free time backpacking, biking, gardening, reading, or rambling with her dog.

email: jodi at

Alyssa Pinkerton

Development Manager

Alyssa has worked for High Country News in the development department for more than seven years. She enjoys building relationships with the remarkable readership, staff and board of directors. When not in the office, she is painting, dancing, romping outdoors, soaking in hot springs, or supporting her two rapidly-growing towheads.

email: alyssap at

Kate Schimel

Assistant Editor

Kate is a Colorado native and a lifelong High Country News reader. She got her start covering education in Denver and around the state at Chalkbeat, a start-up education news site. She has a degree in biology at Reed. She spent six months as an intern at HCN during the spring of 2015. Since then she's worked as a freelance education and environment reporter and a Seattle-based correspondent for HCN. She now joins our Paonia team as assistant editor.

email: kateschimel at

Elizabeth Shogren

D.C. Correspondent 

Based in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth Shogren covers how major Western issues play out on the national stage. Her stories explore and explain the many ways that politicians, federal agencies, government policies and nonprofit groups affect Westerners' daily lives.

As a Moscow correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, Elizabeth was pressed into the tank that Russian President Boris Yeltsin famously climbed on top of during a 1991 coup. Later, when she was a White House correspondent, President Clinton told her how it felt to be impeached:"Not bad." Elizabeth was lured to the environment beat for the LA Times Washington bureau because of her infatuation with the landscapes she encountered hiking and skiing in Utah and Wyoming. For the past decade, she was NPR's environment correspondent. She covered the 2010 BP oil spill, climate change and endangered species. She examined toxic air pollution --impact on communities and the impacts of air pollution from the US drilling boom.

When she's not reporting, Elizabeth enjoys cross country and telemark skiing, especially in the backcountry in places like like Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Teton Range and the Canadian Rockies. Her weekend wilderness getaway is in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, where she hikes up riverbeds with her son and entertains family and friends in their 250-year-old log cabin.

email: shogren at

Eric Strebel

Website Developer/IT Manager

Eric Strebel has been working with computers since 1978, when he got his first personal computer, and soon thereafter learned to create custom programs as a hobby. Eric eventually developed his programming hobby into a livelihood. Prior to joining us, he freelanced, managed local websites, and managed a call center IT department over the course of two decades. Eric enjoys fishing, hiking in the mountains and perfecting his different salsa recipes. He lives in nearby Hotchkiss with his wife Barbara.

email: erics at

Diane Sylvain

Copy Editor

Diane splits her time between painting – she’s an accomplished artist who sells her art all over Western Colorado – and making our prose sparkle. She sometimes draws illustrations for the magazine, too. She’s worked at High Country News since 1990. Her dad and brother have followed her to Paonia, where she lives in a century-old house with her exceptionally large cat, Gumbo.

email: diane at

Doris Teel

Fulfillment Worker

Doris is part of the High Country News mail team and helps to distribute issues of the magazine and other direct mailings to our readers. Doris loves reading HCN, as well as knitting, crocheting, and visiting her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who live nearby. Before coming to HCN, Doris worked at the Paonia Home Care Center, and she’s been a Delta County, Colorado, resident since 1960.

Jonathan Thompson

Senior Editor

Jonathan Thompson is a native Westerner with deep roots in southwestern Colorado. He owned and edited the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper in the tiny town of Silverton, Colo., and was the editor-in-chief of High Country News from 2007 to 2010.  After that he lived in Berlin, Germany, and then was a Ted Scripps fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Now he lives in Durango, Colorado, with his wife and two daughters.

email: jonathan at

Sarah Tory


Growing up in Toronto, Sarah Tory devoured books on mountaineering, learned to ski on the modest yet icy slopes several hours away and became an avid rock climber and runner. The summers after her high school graduation in New Hampshire and freshman year at Williams College in Massachusetts, she returned to the Canadian Rockies, where she cleaned cabins at a lodge – and encountered grizzly bears.

Sarah, who recently completed her MFA from Columbia University in New York, has covered environmental issues for the English-language Santiago Times in Chile and worked on a documentary about mining in Peru. She and a friend once biked 5,000 kilometers through Argentina and Chile, ending in Argentina's Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. "Ramona," her trusty touring bike, accompanied her to Paonia, but her interest in a mountain bike is growing daily. 

email: sarahtory at

Brooke Warren

Associate Designer

Brooke grew up in the mountains of Crested Butte, Colorado, learning to love wild places and adventures, which have taken her to Vietnam to research catfish trade, through Chile photographing cafes, and most recently as a guide in Peru. She graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, with a degree in visual journalism and applies her visual finesse to each issue of High Country News. While not in the office, she can be found rock climbing, rafting, running, biking or dancing in beautiful landscapes, and usually with camera in-hand.

email: brookewarren at

Bob Wedemeyer

Advertising Sales Representative

Bob has worked in media sales with many of the leading business publications in the country and now brings his sales experience to our Advertising Department at High Country News. Bob and his wife Betsy reside near the picturesque village of Redstone, Colorado, and their daughter Mia attends Colorado State University. As a competitive guy, Bob enjoys many outdoor activities including skiing, tennis cycling and hiking. He holds a BA Journalism/Mass Communications degree from Drake University.

email: bobw at

Cindy Wehling

Art Director

Cindy has been responsible for making High Country News look its best since 1990, including shepherding its transition from newspaper to magazine and from black and white to full color. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she works with photographers and artists and heads up the design and production of the magazine. Cindy and her husband, Don Olsen, also work on the family farm and are continuing to add on to the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Usonian house they built overlooking their hayfields.

email: cindy at

Alan Wells

Database Administrator and IT Assistant

Alan is a Colorado native who has always been entranced by the beauty and uniqueness that is the state, whether building trails during his time with the Youth Open Space program or mountain biking through the Rockies. Alan's fascination with technology began at a young age when he deconstructed the family computer and eventually learned to put it back together in working order.

Alan graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Colorado. Prior to joining High Country News, Alan refurbished and recycled personal and enterprise IT equipment, helping to complete the end stages of the hardware life-cycle in an ethical and sustainable manner. He continues to pursue a connection with the natural beauty of Colorado and the West, and researches digital logistics and the impact of ubiquitous technology on individuals and societies.

email: alanw at

Tay Wiles

Web Editor

email: taywiles at

Tammy York

Circulation Manager

Tammy grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, but set off for the West shortly after graduating from college. She spent ten years in nearby Ridgway, CO – where she says the wildlife is just incredible – before moving to Paonia in 2007.  Tammy now ensures the safe delivery of the magazine to mailboxes everywhere.  She manages our in-house circulation staff who provide friendly support to our subscribers, and works to keep them coming back. In her free time, she enjoys biking, playing the piano, baking sweets, and hanging out with her husband and kids.

email: tammyyork at

Joshua Zaffos


Josh has been writing for HCN since his internship in 2002, reporting from nearly every Western state along the way. His work has also appeared in numerous print and online publications, and can be viewed at Josh holds a master's degree from Yale School Forestry and Environmental Studies. He lives in Fort Collins, Colo., where he also teaches natural resources communications at Colorado State University.

email: joshuazaffos at