by Jodi Peterson and Betsy MarstonSenior editor 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.
VISITORSDick 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.
Michele Barone, 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.