A decade late, High
Country News has caught up to George Orwell's 1984. With the help
of a grant from the Surdna Foundation, a team here has begun to
create an electronic index and archive of back
Almost certainly we will introduce new
errors as we transfer information from print to electrical blips.
But we also have the chance to erase past mistakes: We can move the
logging town we placed in California back into Oregon; we can
change Sen. Dennis DeConcini from the U.S. Senator from New Mexico
back to Arizona; we can correct the numerous times we've called the
GAO the Government Accounting Office (instead of the General
Accounting Office); and we can correct the two times we've mistaken
the gender of a Grand County, Utah, commissioner.
But the very act of making these corrections
will introduce new mistakes, in the sense that we normally correct
mistakes in Dear Friends or publish letters from readers. Should
we, then, go through subsequent issues and remove the apologies,
corrections and excoriations?
will have to be made. For example, about 10 years ago, in letters
an inch or so high, we misspelled buccaneer on the first page of
the paper in a story referring to financier James Goldsmith. But
what about factual mistakes? For example, should we go back and
correct the first story referred to in the correction below? We'd
Corrections - ours and theirs
Tom Murphy of
Chicago, Ill., writes to correct HCN's regional-centrism. He writes
that in the 10/4/93 issue and again in the 5/16/94 issue, HCN
refers to a pack of wolves as the first known breeding pack east of
the Continental Divide in the lower 48 states. "Perhaps it is time
to point out that wolves have been breeding in Michigan, Minnesota
and perhaps Wisconsin for many years," Murphy writes.
Two young men from Grand Junction, Colo.,
recently pushed a large boulder over the edge of a cliff into a
canyon on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The
boulder crushed the cliff edge, causing a slide that killed one man
and injured the other. The local daily, the Grand Junction
Sentinel, described the injured man as a "climber" in a headline.
"Vandal" would have fit just as well, and been accurate.
The correct address of the Southern Utah
Wilderness Alliance is 1471 S. 1100 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84105.
In the May 30 issue, we moved Maricopa County from Arizona to
another state. It's the county where someone dumped marijuana into
an irrigation ditch.
Thanks to the Sublette County Library in Pinedale, Wyo., for
sending us several telephone directories.
Julie Hansmire, a
sheep rancher from Utah and Colorado, Janice Grauberger with the
National Wool Growers in Denver, and Pamela Avery of the All Media
Group in Denver stopped by to talk lamb.
la Houssaye and Becky Garcia, subscribers from Dallas, swung
through Paonia on their way from Canyonlands National Park in Utah
to Santa Fe.
Ken and Mary Cline and sons Jeremy
and Benjamin stopped by on their way from Bar Harbor, Maine, to
California, much of it on U.S. 50.
Congratulations to HCN board member Lynda Taylor and to Robert
Hasple on their wedding in Santa Fe on May 29.
First summer intern
new intern, Alexei Rubenstein, arrived in Paonia from Portland,
Ore., where he did free-lance environmental reporting at KBOO-FM, a
community radio station. He also worked as volunteer coordinator
for the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, a group working to make
the city friendlier to pedestrians.
Alexei hopes to combine his past radio experience with his work at
HCN. "I am excited about producing feature radio stories dealing
with some of the environmental issues HCN covers," he says.
Alexei has worked as a cargo handler in
Antarctica, an assistant film editor in Washington, D.C., a hut
caretaker for the Appalachian Mountain Club, and a trail crew
supervisor for the Student Conservation Association. Alexei tells
us he plays the guitar - -three-chord Woody Guthrie songs mostly' -
and enjoys backcountry skiing, dips in ice-cold creeks, good films,
bowling and backpacking.
Marston, for the staff