Dear friends

 

WELCOME, NEW INTERNS

As a teenager, HCN summer intern Patrick Farrell says he spent summers in his hometown of Lincoln, Neb., "scheming ways to get to Colorado to rock climb." Lured by his love of nature, he moved West to study history at the University of Washington — but spent "more time in the library than in the outdoors." After graduation, he worked as a bike mechanic in Seattle for several years, and is now a student in the television and documentary film master’s program at the University of California, Berkeley. He plans to travel to China this summer to work on a film about Chinese-Japanese relations.

While in college, Patrick was introduced to High Country News by former HCN intern Matt Klingle (now an assistant professor of history and environmental studies at Maine’s Bowdoin College), who handed him a copy of the paper and encouraged him to apply for the internship. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Patrick hopes to continue filmmaking or write for a magazine.

Summer intern Tony Barboza is happy to be breathing fresh, clean Paonia air, after a year spent hopping around the world for his anthropology and Latin American studies coursework. Tony lived and studied in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; in Havana, Cuba; and at Pomona College near Los Angeles, where he’s a junior. "Paonia is such a contrast to living in a big, smoggy Caribbean city or Los Angeles County. If you do any heavy exercise in Havana or L.A., you feel your lungs burn, and not in the good way," says the Colorado native.

Tony spent his high school summers repairing local trails with a conservation corps. This summer, he turned down an offer to return to the pick and shovel as a crew leader, choosing instead the reporter’s pen and pad at High Country News. Interviewing people in Havana and Santo Domingo for his anthropology classes sparked his interest in becoming a journalist: "I see this as another opportunity to tell people’s stories and explore people’s relationship to the land," he says.

VISITORS

Kathy Barnhart of Berkeley, Calif., passed through Paonia on her way to a vacation in southeast Utah. She wanted to check out our internship program on behalf of her daughter. HCN is always looking for energetic, motivated interns. For more information, see www.hcn.org/about/interns.jsp .

Rutt Bridges and Jim Merlino swung by our office on a tour of the state. Rutt, a Democrat, is considering a run for Colorado’s governorship in 2006. He’s currently the chief executive officer of the Denver-based Bighorn Center, a bipartisan think tank best known for creating a "no-call list" to let people avoid telemarketing calls. His cohort, Jim, directed Colorado Democrat John Salazar’s recent successful campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Subscriber Jim Johnston of Salida, Colo., came by to say hello with a friend, Julie, from Redstone, Colo. And Mike Clark, the head of Trout Unlimited’s Western Water Project, dropped in to tell us about his group’s efforts to protect instream water flows.

CONGRATS TO GRIST!

The feisty environmental news magazine Grist (www.grist.org) recently received a Webby People’s Voice Award for the Best Magazine Web Site of 2005. Webbys are the "Oscars of the Internet"; more than 200,000 Web users selected the Grist site for the award. Grist, which says it provides "doom and gloom with a sense of humor," was founded six years ago by former HCN intern Chip Giller.