Summer Visitors

 

Along with cherries and apricots, summer always brings a bountiful crop of visitors to our offices in Paonia, Colo.

Author and photographer Dave Showalter came by on a Western Slope trip from his home in Arvada, Colo. He’s working on a conservation book depicting the beauty of the West’s sagebrush ecosystem and the many threats it faces. On his travels, he tries to attract birds by playing recordings of their songs on his car stereo. When he played the call of the male Brewer’s sparrow, which is found only in sage habitat, “the little badass zoomed right up to the car to see who was in his turf.” Dave kindly left us a signed copy of his book Prairie Thunder: The Nature of Colorado’s Great Plains.

Another photographer, George Early, visited us on his first-ever trip to Colorado. George, who lives in San Diego, Calif., was taking a month to check out public lands in the state, including three spectacular Fourteeners: Sunshine, Redcloud and Handies peaks. He consults for the Bureau of Land Management and takes photographs for a collection that showcases BLM lands.

From Denver, Colo., came Robert Bowlby and Bill West. Robert, now retired, worked as an architect in Texas, Oklahoma and California before settling in Colorado in the late ’70s; Bill is a retired English professor. They came by to say hello during a visit to friends in Paonia. Gregg Neilson, who directs a Seattle public radio station, also dropped in to see us while visiting his sister in Paonia; he’d long wanted to meet the HCN staff, he said. The timing could have been better — he inadvertently came by during our June publishing break, and headquarters was largely deserted. We asked him to close his eyes and just imagine a bustling office, filled with hard-working journalists and staffers.

While traveling from their home in Portland, Ore., to Louisiana in late June, Matthew Preusch and Lisa Anne Logan stopped by. Matt is a past freelance contributor to the magazine. “HCN really helped me break into journalism about natural resource issues,” he recalls. Most recently, he worked as a reporter at the Oregonian. The two are heading to New Orleans to visit Lisa Anne’s family and work for the Gulf Restoration Network, helping with research and communications in the oil spill cleanup effort.

Cynthia Allison and Bob Fiore usually rush across Colorado, following I-70 from one side of the state to the other. But on July 6, they decided to take a slower route on their way home to Boulder, Colo., from an Independence Day weekend in Montrose, an hour down the road from Paonia. Their scenic drive brought them by the office for the first time, although they’ve been subscribers for around eight years. Both Cynthia and Bob work in information technology, and Cynthia is also a massage therapist; she describes herself as fixing computers and people.

CORRECTION
The article “Fish face-off” in the June 21 issue incorrectly referred to Fishhawk Fisheries as Seahawk Fisheries. Also, the article placed the tribal harvest of Columbia River salmon below the Bonneville Dam. In fact, tribes harvest salmon above the dam. We regret the errors.