WE’VE COME A LONG WAY ...
Pick up a pre-2003 copy of High Country News,
and you might find it hard to believe that you’re looking at
the same publication. It was in ’03 that we ditched the
black-and-white, pick-it-up-for-a-quarter-at-the-local-diner design
that had been the paper’s signature since its founding in
1970. We shrank the size of the pages, got a heavier cover stock,
and splashed color across the cover. Two years later, we spread
color to the inside as well. Although a few readers griped that the
new look was too flashy, we have worked hard to maintain our unique
homegrown feel, while giving it more quality and a little more
In late February, we learned that our new design
efforts, coupled with a drive for serious photojournalism, have
landed HCN two "awards of excellence" in an
international newspaper design competition. "The Gangs of Zion,"
designed by HCN Art Director Cindy
Wehling and featuring the work of freelance photographer
JT Thomas, won under Special News Topics (HCN,
8/8/05: The Gangs of Zion). In the Redesigns category,
HCN won for its Uncommon Westerners page. The
pages will have a spot — alongside the likes of the
L.A. Times, The New York Times and Le
Monde — in the Best of Newspaper Design Annual
produced by the contest’s sponsor, The Society for News
VISITOR (SINGULAR, AGAIN)
Matthew Lewis, from San Francisco, Calif., came
by on his way to Aspen to work with HCN board
member Mark Harvey on a documentary about
split-estate problems with oil and gas production. Matthew is a
program director with ResourceMedia, a nonprofit that works to
improve coverage of environmental issues.
PASSING THE TORCH The Black Mesa Trust, which
successfully fought to keep Arizona’s Black Mesa Mine from
pumping Hopi groundwater, is closing its Flagstaff office (HCN,
1/23/06: The end of an era on the Colorado Plateau).
Leonard Selestewa, the trust’s president,
is stepping down; work will continue under the direction of founder
Vernon Masayesva. "For a Hopi it is hard to go to a level of
activism," Selestewa said in the Navajo-Hopi Observer. "We are a
quiet and respectful people."
GOODBYE TO A
FAMOUS NEIGHBOR Dennis Weaver, actor
and environmental activist, passed away Feb. 24 at his home in
nearby Ridgway, Colo. Weaver, 81, was perhaps best known as
TV’s Detective Sam McCloud, but his true legacy lies in his
philanthropic work. With his wife, Gerry, he founded the Institute
of Ecolonomics in 1993 to promote the link between a healthy
ecology and a sound economy. "You destroy the environment, you
destroy jobs," Weaver said. "People don’t seem to get this."
UPDATE Our story on public-land sale
proposals in the president’s 2007 budget reported that the
public comment deadline was March 31, a tentative date that the
Forest Service provided (HCN, 3/6/06: Public acres for sale). The
agency has just announced a comment deadline of March 30.