WELCOME, CARMELLA

Carmella Hensyel has joined HCN’s marketing department. Carmella worked most recently as marketing and sales director for Scenic Mesa Ranch in nearby Hotchkiss, which offers guided hunting and fishing. When the ranch began raising bison, Carmella helped develop and promote products ranging from buffalo meat to leather furniture: "It was extremely important to me that we utilize every part of the animal," she says. "I wanted nothing to go to waste." At HCN, Carmella will sell advertising and syndication subscriptions. She replaces Janiec Gutierrez, who’s now pursuing personal interests.

RESEARCH FUND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

A heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you who support our work by contributing to the Research Fund. Some of you have been wondering when you might see your name in the paper acknowledging your donation. Rest assured that we haven’t forgotten! Because we receive the most gifts to the Fund at the end of the year, we have many people to thank. Although it may take a little while for your name to appear, we are no less grateful for your support.

VISITOR

Longtime subscriber Matt Barnes, a rangeland specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, stopped by on his way from Kremmling, Colo., to Delta.

HITTING THE BIG TIME

We’ve been reminded of late just how far some former HCN interns have gone from their humble beginnings. Chip Giller, an intern in ’94 who went on to found the online eco-magazine Grist.org, appeared in a photo spread in the May "Green Issue" of Vanity Fair. Meanwhile, TIME magazine profiled Auden Schendler, director of environmental affairs at Aspen Skiing Company and an HCN intern in ’91, in its cover story on global warming April 3. What’s next — Cosmopolitan?

How about the L.A. Times? Former intern Tony Barboza, who interned here last year, called to tell us that he’s landed a spot in the Tribune Company’s Minority Editorial Training Program. Starting in October, he’ll be working with veterans from the L.A. Times and its affiliates in a two-year program designed to "fast track" the careers of beginning minority journalists. Congratulations, Tony — and don’t forget us little people when you make the big time!

HCN’s Contributing Editor Michelle Nijhuis recently received the 2005 John M. Collier Award for Journalism in Forest and Conservation History. The annual award, presented by the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources, goes to the IJNR participant who’s best demonstrated a "serious interest in forest and conservation issues and who has shown outstanding professional growth in journalism."

HCN EDITOR’S SECRET LIFE REVEALED

Federal Express brought us a package recently that was addressed to "Jodi Peterson, The Late Show with David Letterman, 119 Grand Ave., Paonia CO 81428." Oh, great. This will do wonders for our (mistaken) reputation as "New York intellectuals" (HCN, 4/3/06: Keep the closet closed, please).