A special issue
Usually, 16 pages
every other week is all it takes to report the news from our
million-square-mile West, this being the sleepy region it is. But
because we skipped an issue, and because writer Ray Ring has a
lengthy report on Denver International Airport, and because of what
we call the "wolf thing," this issue has bloated to an
extraordinary 20 pages.
While the U.S. and Canadian mails were
good enough to bring Stephan Fuller his HCN every other week, when
he moved from Whitehorse in the Yukon Province to Peshawar,
Pakistan, he thought it best to change his address in person,
Paonia being very roughly on the way from Whitehorse to Peshawar.
So he and friend Fran Hamilton stopped by the HCN office while on
their way to nearby Carbondale, Colo., headquarters of Climbing
magazine, to tell the staff there about his work on a new Pakistani
national park around the base of K2, the world's second-highest
Former intern Alexei Rubenstein
writes from Dillingham Bay, in southwestern Alaska, to tell us he
is now news director of that Bristol Bay community's radio station.
The town has 2,500 people and 28 miles of road, "but the roads
don't go anywhere." After all, why would one want to go anywhere if
one was already in Dillingham Bay?
who kept HCN going, photographically speaking, in its Lander, Wyo.,
days, has an exhibit through Feb. 24 at the Wyoming Arts Council
Gallery in Cheyenne, Wyo. The gallery is at 2320 Capitol Ave.
Mark and Becca Lucas, an engineer and teacher
respectively, stopped by on their way from Phoenix to Denver to
celebrate Christmas with their family.
very slow day of Dec. 30, subscriber Forrest (Woody) Hesselbarth
stopped by to sign up his brother Dennis for a subscription.
Forrest, a trail planner with the Nez Perce National Forest in
Idaho, and Dennis, a pastor from inner-city Wichita, had spent the
day skiing on nearby Grand Mesa, which local chambers of commerce
call the "world's tallest flat-top mountain."
Raymond Kamm, sales director of a private international mail
service, stopped by over the Christmas break to say hello.
Thanks to Jan Couto for the 1995 Denver
telephone directories. Also thanks to the anonymous donor of the
1991 Wenatchee, Wash., directory.
If you are
"tired of ditto-heads and mainstream media mush," tune in to the
New West Network with activist Pat Wolff and guests on Santa Fe's
KVSF-1260 at 1 p.m., Saturdays.
We think it was
Christmas Eve day when Geoff Tischbein of the Colorado Division of
Wildlife called to tell us our last issue of the year was great,
except for one detail: We called a female bighorn sheep a mountain
goat in a photo caption. (That was a little
And Bruce Plenk, who describes
himself as a "temporarily transplanted Utahn," wrote from Salem,
Mass., to say that he had "finally found the response I knew
existed to the interesting but linguistically odd Smokey article
from October 3, 1994." Bruce didn't like us calling the Forest
Service mascot Smokey Bear. "From my youth ... it's been Smokey THE
bear for pete's sake! The enclosed song lyrics from a
thought-provoking cassette of new songs by L.A. singer Ross Altman
make the point better than I could:"
Now they're trying to tell me
To call him Smokey Bear
take the "the" out of his name
As if it wasn't
They say we just say
And not "Super the
But without the "the" in
His song just wouldn't
Nor would the
Smokey the Bear
and a growlin'
And a sniffin" the
He can spot a fire
it starts to flame
That's why we call him
That was how he got his
Year in and year out, reporters from small
newspapers around Yellowstone National Park cover the wolf issue.
Then, when it comes time to actually reintroduce the wolves,
hundreds of "real" journalists arrive from around the world and the
National Park Service forms a "pool" of reporters who will actually
get to see the wolves scamper into the forest. And - surprise,
surprise - the pool doesn't include any local reporters.
But, even bigger surprise, when the local
reporters kicked up a fuss, the Park Service recognized the justice
of their complaint and included local reporters. We'll hear from
them more fully in the next
" Ed Marston for the