Rick and Lucy
Daley stopped in on their way to the Desert Museum in Tucson,
Ariz., where he will be the new director. Rick is former director
of the Denver Botanic Gardens, while Lucy was director of
international students for the University of Colorado, Denver
College of Business.
Artist Phil Undercuffler
came by on his way from a conference at Solar Energy International
in Carbondale, Colo. Solar energy is capturing his interest, he
says, since he's living off the power grid in Madrid, N.M.
Mike Welsh, who is working on his doctorate in
political science at the University of Oregon in Eugene, stopped in
to chat about the range management advisory councils set up by
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. He wonders if the councils are
truly a move toward grassroots democracy, "or are we just refusing
to deal with environmental issues on the national level?"
Rob Chifelli from Washington, D.C., came
through and told us how he caught up with back issues of High
Country News aboard a research ship in the South China Sea. He was
part of a U.S.-Chinese team sent to study monsoons, but two weeks
of bright sun left the team with little to study and lots of
Jim Horvath, who lives outside
Boulder, Colo., dropped in to tell us about a development proposed
"for the last piece of open space on the Front Range" between
Golden and Boulder. And Carol Oldershaw from Prescott, Ariz., came
by during a trip to Snowmass to meet up with Ann Phillips, mother
of former intern Sara Phillips.
Rob Fillmore, a
geologist at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., stopped in
on his way to Utah, where he's writing a book about the geology of
the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Readers Eric Odell and a friend were searching for boreal owls when
they did a fly-by. They had just spent the day on Grand Mesa, north
of Paonia, searching nest boxes for chicks. Our cold spring meant
that most of the birds were too small to band, and some had not yet
hatched by the fourth week of July.
Hugh Musser, from Salt Lake City, stopped in to subscribe. Though
they'd been reading their daughter's copy, "she doesn't like to
share." The couple was visiting a great-grandfather's ranch in
nearby Lazear on their way to Denver.
Durlin, who runs public radio KGNU in Boulder, Colo., stopped in
with her mother, Marjorie Conklin, of Honolulu. Marty's dad,
Charles Conklin, had a distinguished career as speaker of the
Colorado House back when that body was not firmly Republican;
Conklin also worked for Mo Udall when the Arizona Democrat chaired
the House Interior Committee.
In other news ...
reader Julia Brown, who lives just outside Paonia, we read up on
her mountain-climbing mother. During the 1940s, Winifred "Freddy"
Hubbard took to heavy ropes and climbing peaks after some Stanford
University coaches barred women from tamer
"We don't have a track
program for women because it's too hard on your bodies," one
instructor told undergraduate women. More welcoming was the
university's Alpine Club. But after Freddy joined the group, she
frequently violated the curfew for women, since climbs up the
Yosemite Valley lasted well into the night. To get an early start
for the crags, she finally took to rappelling out her dormitory
window. You can read more about the intrepid Freddy, Class of "49,
in Stanford's Historical Society magazine, Sandstone & Tile,
fall 1997. The group can be reached at P.O. Box 2328, Stanford
University, Stanford, CA 94309.
to Mike Davis, a historian and journalist in California, for
winning one of the MacArthur Foundation's "genius' awards, this one
paying $315,000. Congratulations as well to Jason "Andy" Lenderman,
former intern here, who has been hired by the Albuquerque Tribune
to cover education. Belated congratulations as well to Helena,
Mont., author Leonard Schonberg, whose first novel, Deadly Indian
Summer, sets up a culture clash between traditional healers on the
Navajo Reservation and a young doctor working for the Indian Health
Service. Publisher is Sunstone Press, Box 2321, Santa Fe, NM
Thanks to Dan Hess of Wickenburg, Ariz.,
for the local phone book, and thanks to Erick Sorensen, for sending
us a "laundry ball" developed by him and his twin sister, Fern
Gunderson. The Gunderson Laundry Ball replaces laundry soap and
lasts for at least 2,000 loads, he tells us. Call him at
888/452-4968 for details.
Readers took us to
task recently on two accounts: Wildlife biologist Hugh Wollis from
Canada says decades-old lagged trees, those left for fire-fighters,
wouldn't have hard-to-reach rungs just because the tree got older:
"We would expect the tree to grow from the top and the rungs would
stay in place relative to the ground."
Mason in Ruidoso, N.M., says Elephant Butte Dam on the Rio Grande
River in New Mexico doesn't cause flooding in El Paso, as we wrote
June 22, it prevents it. "I was born in El Paso in 1922, a
half-dozen years after dam construction, and lived there for much
of my life and have never seen any instance of the Rio Grande River
rising from its banks. Flooding is common, but it is caused by
storm runoff from the Franklin Range, a steep, rocky desert
mountain that bisects the city." Making the runoff worse, he adds,
is poor planning and relatively uncontrolled
" Betsy Marston
for the staff