Brunke, a longtime subscriber from Logan, Utah, stopped
in to say hello. He was taking the scenic route back home after
visiting a friend in nearby Snowmass.
HCN reader since the days of Tom Bell,
Connie Brown of Lander, Wyo., visited us. She
was in the area to study yoga with teacher Nancy
Stechert, co-owner of the Yoga Tree studio in Hotchkiss.
Connie lived in nearby Aspen during the ’70s and edited the
magazine Inside Aspen.
Day, Mary Russell of No Name, Colo., left us a
note on her way to an American Red Cross lifeguarding class in
nearby Delta: “I miss Paonia and hope to make it over this
way more often this summer.” We’ll leave the light on
for you, Mary.
Western scholar and frequent
HCN contributor Hal Rothman
passed away on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the age of 48; he’d
suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease for over a year. Our Feb.
5 issue contained an article about Hal’s dynamic and
productive life, “A Western historian and a Western
hero.” In response, reader Tom Ribe of
Santa Fe, N.M., sent us an e-mail: “Hal has done significant
work that many people may not know about. His 1992 book On
Rims and Ridges is a classic history of the Pajarito
Plateau in northern New Mexico, where early looting of
archaeological sites inspired the passing of the Antiquities Act in
1906. Rothman detailed the arrival of archaeologists in the
Southwest and ultimately the establishment of Bandelier National
Monument under the National Park Service and the rise of the
neighboring secret city, Los Alamos, birthplace of the atomic bomb.
Rothman’s treatment of the complex history of a relatively
small spot on the Western map is flawless. Rothman’s love of
northern New Mexico leaves a literary legacy in our region for
which many of us are deeply grateful.” We’ll all miss
Hal’s sharp insights, energy and humor.
GOODBYE, DOLORES AND ED
of the West lost two of their elder sages recently.
Dolores LaChapelle, author, early adherent of
the “deep ecology” school of environmental philosophy
and a pioneer of backcountry skiing, died Jan. 21 after suffering a
massive stroke at her home in Silverton, Colo. Her ex-husband,
Ed LaChapelle, a founding father of snow
studies, died of a heart attack nine days later while skiing at
Monarch Ski Area near Salida, Colo.
Dolores made the
first ski ascent of Canada’s Mount Columbia and the first
known ski run down Alta’s Baldy Chute in Utah. She authored
books on both deep ecology and skiing, including Deep
Powder Snow. She lived in Aspen and Alta, Utah, before
moving to Silverton in the 1970s.
Ed joined the Forest
Service in Alta as a snow ranger and researcher in 1952. He
pioneered avalanche-forecasting techniques, helped develop the
avalanche rescue beacon and wrote the ABCs of Avalanche
Safety, still considered a textbook of snow safety.