NEW ARRIVALSThe HCN family has grown by two in recent weeks. Laura Paskus, HCN’s Southwest editor, gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, Jan. 29. Lillian Jane arrived at 11:38 p.m., weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and measuring 19 1/4 inches long. Laura and her husband, Hollis Lawrence, report that Lillie is "ridiculously cute" — though no word on whether they feel that way at 2:00 in the morning, when she decides it’s time for a snack.
Our newest staffer, Jonathan Thompson, arrived in the office on Monday, Jan. 30 — just in time to take over Laura’s Southwest duties while she’s on maternity leave. Jonathan comes from the smaller, higher and colder town of Silverton, Colo., where he owned and edited the local newspaper for the past six years. He says he, his wife, Wendy, and their daughters, Elena and Lydia, are loving Paonia’s relatively warm weather and the abundance of local foods and wines.
Once Laura is back in action, Jonathan will settle into new duties as associate editor, working with staff and freelance writers to produce news stories and "Uncommon Westerners" profiles. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.