Getting it right
Mount Evans, Mount
Elbert, they're not the same, many readers note. The former, which
we'd called highest (HCN, 9/27/99) is merely 14,264 feet; the
latter, near Leadville, Colo., is number one at 14,431 feet. In
gently correcting us, Roger Williams of Boulder, Colo., adds that
Mount Evans boasts a herd of Rocky Mountain goats who sometimes
congregate on the road to lick salt off it.
equally gentle rejoinder came from John Singlaub, manager of the
Carson City, Nev., field office of the Bureau of Land Management.
We'd quoted Singlaub in our lead story about Walker Lake, saying
that he'd "broken every procurement regulation" ever written to get
a moutain-bike trail built on public
"Actually, what I said was that I had been
accused of breaking every procurement regulation," Singlaub says.
"What I did was proper, yet somewhat new and creative. BLM funded a
cooperative agreement with the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail
Association, a nonprofit, to build and install trail signs for BLM.
We were able to get a cheaper and higher quality product than we
would have through the BLM sign shop. This method of funding is
legal and now common practice throughout BLM, though it was cutting
edge back in 1988.
"If you could print this
correction," Singlaub says, "it would greatly enhance my prospects
for a continued career with BLM."
Timber Co. is not a member of the Blue Ribbon Coalition, says the
firm's Kris Russell, nor does it support the coalition's campaign
to open up wilderness to off-road vehicles. We mistakenly listed
the company in a Wayward West item (HCN, 10/11/99).
In early summer, in a story about embattled
farmers on the Great Plains, we placed Regent, N.D., "a couple of
degrees west of the 100th parallel" (HCN, 6/21/99). No can do, said
Bill Fischer of Colorado Springs. "The author obviously meant to
say the town was a couple of degrees west of the 100th meridian of
west longitude and on a parallel of north latitude."
William Dickinson of Tucson, Ariz., is right, we
flipped a slide of a "stealth" subdivision on the outskirts of his
city (HCN, 5/10/99). We spoke to Dale Turner of the Sky Island
Alliance, who took the aerial photo, and he guessed that his
writing on both sides of the slide probably led us astray.
Dickinson, emeritus professor of geosciences at the University of
Arizona, says the development sends a mixed message:
"On the one hand, it is leapfrogged some miles
beyond the continuously settled area of Tucson. On the other hand,
it is extremely compact, accommodating more people in smaller space
than most local housing, and being adjacent to an existing freeway,
it required minimal road construction." Dickinson also said that
some people in Tucson argue that the development is environmentally
preferable to building in the greasewood flats of the valley floor.
Thanks to all who find fault and take the time
to tell us about it. We appreciate
Lured by the intense yellows of a glorious
fall in western Colorado, readers have been dropping by our
storefront office. Bill Adler and Robin Hobart were on their way
from Oakland, Calif., to Austin, Texas, by way of Vancouver, Canada
- an admittedly odd route - and enjoying the free time. Adler told
us he'd just finished writing a book about the global economy,
following a family from New Jersey to Mississippi to Mexico. Adler,
who narrowly missed a stint as an HCN intern some years back, said
that in 1995 he published Land of Opportunity, a book about a rural
Arkansas family that became one of Detroit's biggest crack
Brian Naro visited between stays at a
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance rendezvous and a Colorado
Environmental Coalition campout. Naro explained he was a "defunct
geologist" turned urban horticulturist near Ward, Colo. Working as
a caretaker, he said, allows him to "live the dream without owning
Fred Rasmussen, from Salida, Colo.,
dropped in during his drive to Grand Junction for a meeting with
fellow board-members of Colorado Trout Unlimited.
Stocking up on back issues of the paper were
Barbara and Dennis Baldwin of Englewood, Colo. She's a new
legislative affairs committee member for the Garden Club of
Denver attorney Cole Wist said hello
during his visit to Paonia, his home town. Cole is that rare
specimen around these parts - a Democrat.
HCN intern Richard Hicks, of Austin, Texas, said hello while on
vacation from carpentering work. David Confer, from Tucson, Ariz.,
was driving through and decided to renew his subscription in
person. He's an environmental engineer.
Colo., readers Barbara and Ed Kase and their son Joey, now in
kindergarten, said hello during their trip to Mesa Verde National
Park. And Carl Rosenberg and Romany Wood of Santa Fe, N.M., started
a subscription while checking out the town as a possible new
Wren Wirth said a fast hello on the way to
Crested Butte, Colo., having just completed a 14-day raft trip with
husband, Tim, who runs Ted Turner's $1 billion United Nations
charity, and friends. They'd run the big water down the Colorado
River through Grand Canyon. It was a great trip, she reported, but
she now faced "a 24-hour laundry day."
Sands from Los Angeles, Calif., said hello, followed by Al and Ann
Grauer from Silver City, N.M., on their way to visit their daughter
at a conference in Crested Butte. A photographer, Ann said the fall
light was amazing.
One of the West's natural
resources, historian David Lavender, and his wife, Muriel, of Ojai,
Calif., visited for a while. David told us he'd been an HCN reader
since wildlife biologist and rancher Tom Bell founded the paper in
1970. The couple's grandson, David Lavender, teaches English at the
Colorado Rocky Mountain School in
Readers Hal Brill of Paonia and Jim
Cummings of Santa Fe, N.M., stopped by to chat. Hal and his father,
Jack Brill, are co-authors with Cliff Feigenbaum of a book about
green investing, Investing with Your Values: Making Money and
Making a Difference, (Bloomberg Press, Princeton). Cummings has
produced a CD, The Dreams of Gaia, which he calls the voice of the
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