"A blip on the radar screen"
I find the Uncommon Westerners column frustrating at times because it seems like filler with no real rhyme or reason. For instance, the latest personality, Guiseppena Bellandi, certainly had a story as to how she came west, but her life seems like a blip on the radar screen, with no real impact on how she shaped her local landscape or contributed positively or negatively to the West (HCN, 8/31/09).
Seems like the focus of the column should be people who are doing important work that is improving the quality of the environment, or who inspire people to do something positive for the environment, or who are damaging the environment in one capacity or another.
Grand Canyon, Arizona