CONGRATS, MATT AND PAOLO

HCN staffers recently took home two more writing awards. West Coast correspondent Matt Jenkins received the 2006 James V. Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism for his story "Squeezing Water from a Stone" (HCN, 9/19/05: Squeezing Water from a Stone). Judges had high praise for Matt’s story about the implications of Las Vegas’ proposal to build the biggest groundwater pumping project in U.S. history: They called it a "beautiful, well-written piece about one of the last frontiers of the West. ... It took a complex subject and made it readable."


And online editor Paolo Bacigalupi won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best science fiction short story of 2005. "The Calorie Man" describes a bleak post-oil world of genetically engineered crops controlled by giant calorie companies.

HCN ON THE ROAD

We’ll be in Missoula, Mont., for our fall board meeting and would like to invite area readers to join us on Saturday, Sept. 23, for a potluck. Come meet fellow HCN subscribers and staff and board members from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Kiwanis Park, at the corner of Clay and Kiwanis streets. Please bring a dish to share; we’ll provide beverages. To RSVP, call Jason at 970-527-4898 or send e-mail to jcn@hcn.org.

VISITORS

Greg Woodall came by from Hurricane, Utah (that’s HERacun) on his way to a river trip. Greg, who does archaeological work for the Grand Canyon Field Institute, has a great eye for both iconic and ironic Western scenes. He’s sent us many pictures that have accompanied our back-page column, "Heard Around the West," including a billboard promoting Christianity above an "adult video" store, a cow-car jam on a rural highway, and a replica of the Statue of Liberty atop a patriotically painted barn.

Louise and Dave Stonington of Seattle, Wash., the parents of HCN board member Dan Stonington, dropped in to say hello, as did longtime subscribers Desmond and Lenore White of Jacumba, Calif.

Joyce Haines and her husband, Mac Nelson, stopped by. Mac is writing a book about Interstate 20; the couple followed the road across the country from their home in Chautauqua County, N.Y., all the way to Yellowstone National Park, then took a long detour to visit HCN.

In late July, HCN business manager Denise Massart-Isaacson and marketing intern Jessica Bellows headed to Boulder, Colo. for an Ultimate Frisbee tournament and teamed up with longtime subscriber Justin Bogan. Bogan is a public defender for the state of Colorado; his wife, Anne Howe Bogan, who was also at the tournament, is a massage therapist.

GOODBYE, TIM McKAY

Conservationist Tim McKay, 59, died suddenly on July 30 while birding in Northern California. Tim directed the nonprofit Northcoast Environmental Center in Arcata, Calif., for nearly 35 years. The center focuses on timber harvesting and its effects on river health. Tim, who fought tirelessly to protect the state’s redwoods, designate new wilderness, and improve river management, was known for being fair and respectful to people on all sides of an issue. "You limit your effectiveness if nobody will take your calls," he once said.