Dear Friends

  • READ ALL ABOUT IT: A special HCN report reprinted in Indian Country Today

  • HIGH PLAINS CHOICE: On the road in South Dakota

    J. Perley Fitzgerald

A subscription of his own

After several years on HCN's circulation desk, staffer Kathy Martinez is hard to surprise. But even she was taken aback when a Kansas mail carrier called to subscribe because the people who used to take High Country News moved off his route. "I didn't get a chance to finish that trailer issue," he told her.

Reserve September 25

The High Country News board of directors will meet in Pueblo, Colo., on Saturday, Sept. 26. Staff and board will host a potluck on Friday evening, Sept. 25, for readers in the vicinity. Details to follow, as they say on television.

We win one

High Country News will receive an award and $1,500 for its stories about sustainability, thanks to the Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, Denver. Other media winners were the Denver Post and television channels 4 and 6 in Denver. A local nonprofit, the Paonia-based Western Slope Environmental Resource Council, headed by former HCN writer Steve Hinchman, won one of the Wirth Chair's community awards, and $1,500. Winners will gather at an awards banquet in Denver Nov. 10, which honors Colorado Gov. Roy Romer and his wife, Bea.

Summer visitors

Dick and Ann Van Fossen from Pagosa Springs, Colo., said a brief hello, and Kerry McClure, with son Ian and daughter Shelby, all on vacation from Phoenix, Ariz., stopped in. Kerry said he had just discovered HCN, and so far likes what he has seen.

It has taken Dianne Donovan, formerly a nurse, and Joe Griffith, an educator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., four years of being on the road, but they finally reached Paonia and High Country News. They learned about the paper from daughter Julie Morse, who came by several years ago as part of Earlham College's traveling seminar on the West.

Kevin Van Tighem, a biologist and writer from Alberta, Canada, gave us a copy of his book, Coming West: A Natural History of Home, published by Altitude. His next book will be based on research he is doing on ungulates in the West.

Randy Pair and Marcia Petta of Broomfield, Colo., were canoeing on the Colorado River when they asked themselves, "Where is Paonia, anyway?" The two environmental protection specialists found it, first on a map and then on the ground, and came by to talk to us about the state of land issues and government agencies.

Visiting from Lawrence, Kans., on what they described as a "pilgrimage" to our town, were attorney Kathy Brooks, her husband, Karl, a Ph.D. candidate in history, and children Dylan and Jenny. The family was vacationing in nearby Redstone.

He didn't say he was on a pilgrimage, but longtime subscriber Owen Olpin described himself as a High Country News "parishioner." The semi-retired Los Angeles attorney and resident of Teasdale, Utah, was appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to recommend how Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado should divide the waters of the North Platte River.

Driving an authentic Volkswagen bug, C.R. "Butch" Farabee Jr., assistant superintendent of Glacier National Park in Montana, stopped by with another Park Service staffer, Pat Grediagin, who recently transferred to Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado from Big Bend National Park in Texas.

Sharing with Indian country

We were delighted to see HCN staffer Greg Hanscom's story about Native American trust lands (HCN, 8/3/98) reprinted in Indian Country Today, a national Indian paper that circulates to 23,000 people, and in the Sho-Ban News of Fort Hall, Idaho, a reservation weekly that reaches 2,500 people.

Odds and ends

We thank J. Perley Fitzgerald for the quirky photos she sent. One, which was taken in South Dakota and is printed at left, shows we're not the only ones who are torn between bison and buffalo.

Joel Arnold from Durango, Colo., writes that a hiking trail near Marble, Colo., was reopened, thanks to our suggestion that he tell Gunnison County Commissioner Marlene Zanetell about the problem. "I was impressed that she took the time to call me after receiving my letter," he says.

We've gotten a couple of calls wondering what our correct address is for letters to the editor. Using our street address gets you your letter back, we're sorry to report. Please write to HCN at P.O. Box 1090, Paonia, CO 81428. The editorial department can be reached by phone at 970/527-4898.

- Betsy Marston for the staff