Visitors with flowers and fire extinguishers

  • Detail from the Montana Department of Transportation environmental assessment on the Kearl Module Transportation Project.


We continue to enjoy a steady stream of visitors to our Paonia, Colo., office. We’re always impressed that so many of you find us, since our little town is more than an hour and a half from the nearest interstate highway.

In mid-July, subscribers Lucy Meinhardt and Dave Zumwalt left us a note. “It seems every time we come by (today and three years ago) it is a weekend and your office is closed. Sigh.” The couple wrote that they’d been camping at nearby Erickson Springs (“very nice”) after attending a family reunion in Clark, Colo.; they planned to visit nearby Black Canyon National Park before returning to their home in Antioch, Calif. They thanked us “for continued excellent reporting on the environmental issues of the West with social, economic and political ramifications.” Next time we hope you’re in town on a weekday, Lucy and Dave.

When they’re not overwintering in Jericho, Vt., Todd Barker and Monique Gilbert explore the West from their summer base high atop the mountains in Meredith, Colo. They stopped by with their two kids, Sadie and Wyatt, before heading off to hike in the Utah desert. Todd, an environmental mediator for the Meridian Institute, and Monique, an editor for the institute’s daily news feed, both work from home. They left with some free books and an HCN bumper sticker, which they promptly applied to their already-colorful car.

Cheyenne Chapman and her daughter, Liandra, stopped by on their annual summer tour of Colorado and the West. Cheyenne serves as executive director of the Zero Waste Alliance, which is based in Portland, Ore., and returns every year to visit relatives near Gunnison and friends and colleagues throughout the state, including renowned environmental health analyst Theo Colborn in Paonia. While in town, they stopped to get some local peaches, always a valley favorite.

Plant-nursery owners from Gardiner, Colo., Peter O’Brien and Elaine Vickers made time during a busy sales trip to swing through HCN headquarters. They arrived with a trunkful of delphiniums and left with a few habitat-management books, which they hope will provide some information on how to prevent beetles and fungi from attacking their high-altitude pinon-juniper trees.

Longtime subscriber John Figler of Lakewood, Colo. stopped by the office on his way home from a visit to nearby Ouray. Now in the business of inspecting and refurbishing fire extinguishers, Figler used to be in printing — he and HCN art director Cindy Wehling had a good chat about changes in the printing business over the last several years.

The “Monstertruck Alley” story in the Aug. 16 issue contained a map that was meant to show the route Imperial Oil has proposed to haul oversized mining equipment through Idaho and Montana to the Kearl Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada. The route depicted, however, was the return route for the empty trucks, which follows interstates 15 and 90. The map above shows the proposed haul route, which follows highways 200, 287, 89, 44, 358, 213 and 214. We regret the error.