MORE KUDOS FOR RAY
Ray Ring's cover story "Disposable Workers of
the Oil and Gas Fields," April 2, 2007, received an Honorable
Mention in this year's Heywood Broun Award contest. The top winners
were Dana Priest and Anne
Hull of the Washington Post. The
award, from the Newspaper Guild, recognizes journalism that helps
bring about social change.
Dick and Laurie Cullory
stopped in to say hi on their way back to Fort Collins, Colo., from
Canyonlands and Arches national parks in Utah. Dick is a retired
sixth-grade teacher and Laurie is a school counselor.
HCN is "the only publication I read cover to
cover," says Dick.
husband Neil Smart and their grandson, Joe, all
from Coal Creek, Colo., dropped by after some late-season
cross-country skiing on nearby McClure Pass. They were vacationing
during Joe's spring break. Michele and Neil are both self-described
computer geeks who volunteer at KGNU, Boulder's public radio
station. While they were here, they toured the beautiful, recently
renovated studios of our local public radio station, KVNF.
From Colorado Springs, Colo., came Jim
and Patty Benskin, with daughter
Bonnie and friend Megan
Johnson, daughter of HCN Associate
Publisher for Marketing Lisa Wolf Johnson. Jim
retired from a career in entomology and now raises orchids in an
urban greenhouse, and Patty is a software developer and programmer.
Bonnie and Megan are freshmen at CU-Boulder and were enjoying
spring break before they return to their studies.
OUR FIRST NATIONAL PARK, IN POETRY
Award-winning photographer, writer and HCN
contributor Lynne Bama has just published a book
of poetry entitled Yellowstone Rising (Pronghorn Press, $16.95).
Illustrated with Lynne's luminous black-and-white photos of the
park, the poems celebrate hot springs and cliffs, bison and swans,
trappers and Native Americans. "It's been hard for me to accept
that poetry is the best way for me to approach this huge subject,"
writes Lynne, "because a lot of people are scared to death of
poetry and never read it."
LONGEVITY Mary Bear Volk, one of our
town's longtime residents, celebrated her 99th birthday March 15,
enjoying tributes at the Paonia Senior Citizen Center, Thomas
Waldo's Bar and the American Legion. She and her late husband,
Rudy, a rancher and then a coal miner,
celebrated 75 years of marriage before he died in 2001. We can
share some great gossip about "Aunt" Mary: She still loves to
polka, and while she's never smoked a cigarette in her life, she
says there's nothing wrong with "taking a snort now and then." Her
mother, Margaret Bear, lived until she was