Out of the hot
Kay Firor and Kent
Osterberg, accompanied by their children, Brent and Lissa, all of
Cove, Ore., came through town. Kay teaches math at Eastern Oregon
University, and Kent swears that he is a metrologist - a specialist
in the measuring of things.
The Red Robin Bike
Tour of Colorado, a benefit for the Make A Wish Foundation, pedaled
through Paonia, and among the 900 bikers were several HCN
subscribers. Kathy and Eric Pierson of Durango, Colo., were first
to arrive. He takes care of Durango's computer system and she
teaches elementary school. They were followed by Francie Jacober,
of the Aspen Country Day School, and her friend from St. Louis,
Larry Saguto. The mostly skinny wheelers had come from Glenwood
Springs that day, a mere 70 miles and one 8,500-foot mountain pass
away. Most of them made it by lunchtime, and by early afternoon had
pitched a sea of tents on the high school football
He wasn't on a bike, but Bill Bussmann of
Truth or Consequences, N.M., also found us. He was driving a sag
wagon for his wife and several friends, who were biking around the
San Juan Mountains. He stopped in to say hello, and to tell us
about a copper mine planned for his
Gene and Margo Lorig, long-time
subscribers from Eagle, Colo., stopped by. The pair was active in
the effort to stop Fred Kummer's Adam's Rib ski project. With that
done, they are moving to Paonia. We presented them with a list of
things that need stopping here, but they said they have sworn off
meetings for the moment.
Subscribers Karen Levy,
a science teacher, and Dylan Keon, a graduate student in plant
ecology at Oregon State University in Corvallis, stopped by on
their way to a wedding in Lake City, Colo. We also chatted with
Randy Campbell of Fort Collins, Colo., who is an avid historian of
Andrew Wallace of Flagstaff, Ariz.,
came in out of the warm. He is a professor of history at Northern
Arizona University and a fan of the repertory theater performed at
Writer Martin Murie of Moose, Wyo.,
stopped by with a copy of his just-published novel, Losing
Solitude, set in the intermountain West. A long-time HCN reader,
Murie taught life sciences at Antioch College and elsewhere before
turning to fiction.
The Sierra Club's national
board and some staff gathered last month in nearby Crested Butte,
Colo. Dropping in afterward were Lois Snedden, vice president for
conservation, and Ann Ronald, author of Earthtones: A Nevada Album.
The two Reno, Nev., residents said that Gene Reedy, Paonia's car
guru, assured them that an intermittently flashing light signifying
4-WD was not a problem. We've yet to hear
Logging protester Ramon (Bob Amon)
did not reappear outside the office in his huge Cove-Mallard bus,
but he did write from a beach somewhere in Mexico that the Great
American Novel is under way. Between rewrites, he reports, he pores
over HCN "so I can copy the names of foundation sponsors and ask
them for money for Cove-Mallard."
who practices family medicine in Ogden, Utah, made a housecall in
our Paonia office to see his son Alan, an intern who is improving
HCN's Web site (www.hcn.org).
As we were putting
out our July 7 issue, just before taking a bit of time off, a
stream of readers descended on our offices as if to wish us a good
vacation. Bob and Lynda Fanning, readers from Spearfish, S.D., in
the Black Hills, came through the office after doing some camping
around Crested Butte.
Mark Stromberg, a zoologist
and head of the University of California-Berkeley's Hastings
Natural History Preserve in Carmel Valley, Calif., dropped by on
his way to help a friend "put up a fence."
Cara and Steve Priem of Boulder, Colo., came through town for
Paonia's July 4 Cherry Days festival, and to do a little mountain
Readers Paul Bousquet and Edith Blakeslee
from Boulder, Colo., dropped by en route from Mesa Verde to the
Maroon Bells. Paul looked around and discovered that he has been
"hung" at High Country News, in the form of a photo on our wall
that he took of two laughing women covered by San Juan River
Now and then a freelance writer will tell
us: "My paper won't let me write for High Country News - it's
biased." Or, he or she will say, "If I write for you, other (i.e.
conventional) papers won't take my stuff."
Luckily, no one has told Nevada writer Jon
Christensen that HCN is a career buster. For 10 or more years,
Jon's work has appeared in High Country News (his latest was a
Roundup about a Las Vegas water grab). Now it is appearing
regularly on the front page of The New York Times business section.
His latest Times story, in the July 6 issue, profiled casino owner
Steve Wynn, and his successful fight to ban oil-spewing jet skis
from Lake Tahoe.
Speaking of writers, Aspen
resident Hal Clifford will be retracing the Dominguez-Escalante
expedition of 1776 through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona
for a book he's writing on (what else?) the changing West. He'd
appreciate hearing from newcomers and those well-rooted who might
be willing to meet with him in coming months to share their
stories. He can be contacted by e-mail (email@example.com), phone
(970/925-8489), or the old-fashioned way at Box 12204, Aspen, CO
The voice of Howard Berkes will be missing
from National Public Radio news shows for the next year. The Salt
Lake City reporter has received a Nieman Fellowship, which means he
will be auditing courses at Harvard and looking at the West from
the shores of the Charles River. Congratulations.
* Ed Marston for the