Summer brings many visitors our way. Rod Vanderwall of Boulder, Colo., stopped by our Paonia office to renew his subscription and pick up a snazzy HCN T-shirt on his way to Cortez in southern Colorado, where he'll be reviewing the energy conservation needs of a community college. As head of energy management for the Office of the State Architect, Rod says Gov. Bill Ritter's green policies have made his job a lot easier -- at least in some ways. "If I don't crawl around in an attic in the summer, I didn't do my job," he says. Rod plans to cool off by camping and biking around Dolores.
Sheila Geere and John Victoria of Colorado Springs, Colo., came in to say hello as they made their way across the Western Slope. The outdoorsy couple do a lot of camping and hiking during Sheila's summer break from teaching special education. John recently retired from the Bureau of Reclamation, and the duo are now making plans to trek in Nepal this September. Until then, hiking Mount Sneffels in the San Juan Mountains will have to do.
The annual BMW motorcycle rally, "Top O' the Rockies," came to town in mid-July. Riders Stewart and Paula Farley of Santa Fe, N.M., dropped by the office, where Paula flattered us by claiming that visiting HCN was her real reason for traveling 400 miles on the back of a beemer. The couple love riding around New Mexico but Stewart thinks the Rockies are "the best place to ride because you can get anywhere" on good roads.
WESTERN LANDS REPORT
The nonprofit Sonoran Institute, directed by HCN board member Luther Propst, has just released a new report, Western Landscapes in the Crossfire: Urban Growth and the National Landscape Conservation System. The report describes how growth and development, vandalism, and lack of staffing and oversight are damaging many of the West's public lands. Increased federal funding is needed, the report says, to fulfill the promise of the National Landscape Conservation System, the nation's newest system of public lands. See http://sonoraninstitute.org for more.
INTERNS ON THE MOVE
HCN now has a social media guru -- former intern Stephanie Paige Ogburn (summer 2006). Her job is to head up our social networking and community outreach efforts on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and various blogs. She's also helping us collaborate with other media organizations to share content.
Former intern Morgan Heim (summer 2007) just landed a science writing/multimedia position with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colo.
Terray Sylvester (winter/spring 2009) jumped from the internship frying pan into the editorial fire. He's now editor-in-chief of the Sopris Sun in Carbondale, Colo., an "ultra-local" nonprofit weekly launched after the local paper closed down. "I'm still figuring out how to develop my news feelers in this town," says Terray, "and finding some folks to write stories for me regularly without pay. I'm not counting on a whole lot of success with the latter just yet." If you do figure out how to do that, Terray, please let us know.