former HCN intern Zaz Hollander, who was hired recently by the
Daily Astorian. Zaz will cover environmental issues on the Oregon
Congratulations as well to HCN's Great
Basin editor, Jon Christensen. His lead story in the Aug. 9, 1993,
issue of HCN on the Diamond Springs Ranch in Nevada headlined, "Now
his crop is dust," won third place and $250 in a journalism
competition sponsored by California's Brock Center for Agricultural
We hear from HCN poetry editor
Chip Rawlins that his book, Sky's Witness, is available in
paperback from publisher Henry Holt and Company, 115 W. 18th St.,
New York, NY 10011.
When Becky Simons of Palo Alto,
Calif., mistakenly paid twice for her subscription, circulation
manager Gretchen Nicholoff sent the second check back to her. In
return, Gretchen got the following note:
"I have sent out checks
(duplicates) for periodicals a number of times. You and the News
are the first to ever return one. I have mentioned this to several
friends, and they all agree they never heard of such a thing."
Other publications use duplicate checks to extend a person's
tree-free, or not?
Staff has been talking about
a trial print run using tree-free kenaf for HCN letterhead
stationery. Like many in the West, we're intrigued by the notion
that there is an alternative to conventional paper that is 100
percent tree-free, acid-free and chlorine-free. The plant, a
relative of cotton, is an annual crop.
drawbacks exist. Rick Meis, who runs Treecycle Recycled Paper in
Montana, says the buyers of kenaf are the same people who now buy
post-consumer recycled paper. "If we want the recycling center to
take our waste paper, there must be a demand for the products that
will be made from it," he says.
We continue to
explore the issue but find Rick Meis' argument convincing. He can
be reached at Box 5086, Bozeman, MT 59717.
End the flights
the National Park Service, most visitors to the Grand Canyon hear
the drone and clatter of airplanes and helicopters 45 minutes out
of every daylight hour. Noise pollution and the invasion of privacy
from overflights at scores of national parks have become such a
nuisance that Interior and Transportation secretaries Bruce Babbitt
and Federico Peûa have requested the National Park Service and
the Federal Aviation Administration to control the problem. As a
result, the two agencies have announced their joint intention to
regulate the air-tour industry and are accepting public comments
until June 15. The National Park and Conservation Association is
urging the FAA to impose strict overflight limitations, if not to
ban all operations. Comments may be sent to the Federal Aviation
Administration, Office of the General Counsel, Attention: Rules
Docket (AGC-200), Docket No. 27643, 800 Independence Ave. SW,
Washington, DC 20591.
A group in Idaho called the Cove
Mallard Coalition has borrowed some tactics from the civil rights
movement of the early 1960s. To protect what had been the largest
unroaded area in the lower 48 states until some recent clearcuts,
the group plans an eight-day, 75-mile peaceful walk, beginning June
4 at a Forest Service office in Grangeville, Idaho. Organizer
Ramon, who took part in the recent 10th annual Wild Idaho
get-together at Redfish Lake, hopes people from all over the
country will join the march. The coalition can be reached at Box
8968, Moscow, Idaho 83843 (208/882-9755, fax: 208/883-0727).
Stopping in on his way to cover the annual meeting of Western
Colorado Congress was Bob Reha, associate producer of radio's High
Plains News Service. Bob lives in Billings, Mont. Tom Moran from
Grand Junction, Colo., visited our production room to scout the
possibility of putting out a regional newspaper for Audubon Society
members. The organization's newsletter now goes to 360 people.
Robert Weed of Escalante, Utah, passed through
Paonia on his way home from Mexico. Robert, with Clive Kincaid,
co-founded the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance in 1983. He and
Clive also have had the honor of being hanged in effigy by their
neighbors in southern Utah for opposing logging on nearby forests.
Robert came by to see the operation and to set us straight on
Linda Hunn of Reno, Nev., took a day
off from intense sight-seeing to say hello. Linda has done some
work for Great Basin regional editor Jon Christensen.
Thanks to R.J. Sayborn of Cheyenne, Wyo., for
the Cheyenne and Wheatland telephone books.
" Betsy Marston for the