This will be the last issue you receive for a month; we skip an issue four times a year. Look for the next HCN to hit your mailbox around July 20, and in the meantime, visit hcn.org for fresh blog posts, new Writers on the Range columns and other exciting content.
On her only day off that week, Lindsay Blotzer stopped by our Paonia office to say hi. She's in town for a month or so, picking greens and cuddling sheep at nearby TLC Farm. In the fall, she'll head back East to finish her environmental studies degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Lindsay works for her school's geology department, researching climate change trends. She speaks French and Swahili, and hopes to return to Africa to work on sustainable agriculture and water supply issues; a childhood safari in Kenya made a lasting impression on her.
Michele and Bob Wells of Boulder dropped by HCN on their tour of Paonia, hosted by friends and former Boulderites James and Carol Schott, who now live here. They seemed delighted by the art around the building, including copy editor Diane Sylvain's shrine to the West, and art director Cindy Wehling's prospective cover for the upcoming issue. The four were enjoying the cool weather and green hills of Paonia's late spring, and planned to attend the opening of a musical play, Sale Saturday, written by local musician Zach Mann.
Drew Ludwig of the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival marched into the office wearing baggy bike shorts, gold-painted bike shoes and a red cape. Super-Drew and his mortal sidekick Justin Clifton are leading the Zero Emissions Tour, a 2,300-mile unsupported bike ride through Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. They'll be pedaling all summer to "inspire by action." For more details on the trip and a link to a map of their route, see http://www.mountainfilm.org/tour/zero/.
"My CRAZY BROTHER" PRIZE
Ray Ring's feature story "My Crazy Brother," published in our March 31, 2008, issue, won the 2009 Mental Health America Media Awards contest in the Local/Regional Magazines Category. The story describes Ray's older brother, John, and his struggle with schizophrenia and eventual suicide, and it explores the West's tendencies along those lines. Mental Health America honors journalists who report and write with "outstanding quality, educational value and creativity."
Former HCN intern Emily Steinmetz (summer '08) and her husband, Jordan Bell, who live in Albuquerque, N.M., welcomed newborn son Finneas Emerson on May 21. Finn weighed 10 pounds 3 ounces at birth. Warm congratulations!
TIME TO COUNT
In the May 25 essay "Time to breathe," Christopher Cokinos writes "in each breath of air there swarm 2521 atoms. That is: 25,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms." Reader Dennis Burge, of Riverside, Calif., noted "the number in exponential form should be 25 X 1021 to be equivalent to the number with the 21 zeros." Chris responded: "I appreciate the correction and apologize for the error. I usually run such factual material by a bevy of more science-minded pals. Well, scientists actually. I'm glad I left no one gasping for air."