Odds and ends
HCN couldn't live
without the U.S. Postal Service, but at times we wonder if we can
live with it. On Dec. 26, 1993, we mailed notes, via Third Class
mail, to readers in Boulder, 250 miles away, inviting them to the
Jan. 21 potluck. Bill Doud of Boulder tells us that his invitation
arrived on Jan. 21.
We send best wishes to
former intern Dave Frey, recently hired as a general assignment
reporter for the Glenwood Post, the newspaper that prints High
Country News. Former intern Dan Egan tells us he has just been
hired by the Idaho Falls Post-Register to cover education.
Kim Carson, a 15-year-old at Galena High School
in Reno, Nev., writes that she has been reading HCN in her classes
since she was 13. "It has helped me become more aware of the
serious environmental issues facing the world today."
Readers Lori Rose and Randy Aton, of
Springdale, Utah, wrote to clarify a Bulletin Board brief published
Dec. 27 on the draft environmental assessment for Zion National
park. They say that the preferred alternative would limit passenger
vehicles only in the overly popular portion of park which turns off
Star Route 9 into the main Zion
"This section of
roadway, a scenic seven-mile dead end, which terminates at the
popular Gateway to the Narrows trail, is currently so crowded with
vehicles during most of the year that it has led to numerous
complaints by visitors." The proposed plan, the letter writers say,
would protect the park from being visited to death.
Congratulations to environmental writer Michael
Frome on receiving his Ph.D. from the Union Institute. Frome has
several books to his credit, including Conscience of a
Conservationist. His doctoral paper studied public support for
wilderness. Frome teaches at Western Washington University in
Finally, there is still
time to comment on the backcountry plan for Utah's Canyonlands
National Park, a place of extreme beauty and increasing popularity
(HCN, 2/7/04). Due to "overwhelming interest," the Park Service has
extended its comment period until March. Write Canyonlands National
Park, Southeast Utah Group, 125 W. 200 South, Moab, UT
Wren Wirth passed through Paonia on her
way from Crested Butte to Telluride for an evening of Democratic
politics. Her husband, former Sen. Tim Wirth, D-Colo., is now with
the Department of State.
Medical student Carla
Fenton and planner Jeff Gersh, both of the Denver area, stopped to
High Country News just "dropped" (that's
the jargon) 100,000 pieces of direct mail, in search of 1,000
(that's the way direct mail works) new subscribers. The 100,000
letters tell the story of two people. Both are enthusiastic about
the West, but only one subscribes to HCN.
non-subscriber eventually loses interest in the West. But the HCN
subscriber's "bonds to the West strengthened. Even after the allure
of hiking through rain and mud and sleeping on the ground faded,
this person's love of the West stayed strong."
One recipient of this letter, Gerd von Glinski, wrote to ask: "Why
should the allure of hiking through mud and sleeping on the ground
An excellent question.
Former intern Ernie Atencio, a graduate
student at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, is now a
one-person, one-day-a-week bureau for High Country News. He can be
reached at 602/526-0787.
New interns, Nevada
The two new interns at the
HCN Great Basin regional editor's office near Carson City, Nev.,
already know the territory. Ernie Thompson grew up in Dayton less
than 10 miles away. He spent his childhood wandering through the
canyon, but mercury contamination from silver and gold mining on
the Comstock also loomed large. The river is now a Superfund site.
"Being told not to eat the fish I caught was mystifying," he says,
"and introduced a strange dimension to what I thought nature was."
Ernie has a degree in English from the
University of Nevada, Reno. Last summer, he worked for The Nature
Conservancy in southeastern Oregon searching waterways and
irrigation ditches for the Warner sucker, a threatened native fish.
Eric Martin grew up in Bishop, Calif., 130
miles south of the office but still within the Great Basin. After
graduating from California State University at Chico in 1988, with
a degree in English and creative writing, he worked as a whitewater
rafting guide in California and New Zealand. Then a year ago, he
trained as a paramedic. He now teaches swift-water rescue classes
during the spring and summer rafting season in the
The Great Basin regional office can be
reached at 6205 Franktown Road, Carson City, NV 89704
" Betsy Marston for the