Lately we've noticed that we haven't been hearing from our readers as often as we used to. One of the best things about HCN is our sense of community, exemplified by your intelligent, thoughtful letters. We know you've got lots of opinions, ideas and reactions to stories to share -- so please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write the old-fashioned way to P.O. Box 1090, Paonia CO 81428. We yearn for an overflowing mailbox. (Besides, then there'll be less room for the junk mail!)
WELCOME BACK, STEPHANIE!
Stephanie Paige Ogburn, our new online editor, has just returned to Paonia from the temperate wilds of Oakland, Calif. Stephanie, a High Country News intern in 2006, earned a master's degree in environmental science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2007.
Originally from Delaware and Virginia, Stephanie worked as a journalist in Cortez, Colo., after graduate school, and as a naturalist, farm manager, photo editor and recycling coordinator.
She moved to Oakland in May 2009 and worked for an agricultural science project at UC Davis and as a freelance journalist, while also working part-time as HCN's social media editor. Now, Stephanie will be in charge of editing and updating HCN's multimedia and online content and maintaining our social media feeds. Her techie bent combined with her journalism skills will make our online presence stronger and more dynamic.
FALLING LEAVES, FALL VISITORS
Here at headquarters, the autumn leaves are finally dropping. But leaf-peepers have been roaming the area.
Fred Cagel of Imperial County, Calif., visited us while traveling around the Rockies. He's president of a nonprofit called the Imperial Visions Foundation. One of its projects -- a website designed for local residents to report environmental damage -- is modeled after one in Kenya, where citizens can warn others by reporting violence in their community. A past chairman of the Southwest Waters Committee for the Sierra Club, Fred's also an advocate for desert air quality.
Longtime subscribers Mary and John Humke of Boulder, Colo., dropped by. They're close friends of Maggie Coons, a former HCN board member. Now retired, they took a weeklong camping tour around western Colorado, visiting some of the classic places they hadn't yet managed to see during their 17 years in the state.
While waiting for the elk he'd bagged to be processed next door at Homestead Meats, hunter Jim Kinninger of Smith Valley, Nev., came by. He said that in addition to reading HCN for many years, he also used to subscribe to the conservative-leaning Range Magazine, but quit because it "went off the deep end." Well, Jim, here at HCN we're doing our best to stay out of the deep end, without getting stuck in the shallows, either. Middle of the pool, anyone?
The subhead of the Oct. 25 story "The last word is action" should have read "Boulder clean-energy activist sees decline of coal supply as an ally," not "sees coal as an ally."
In the Oct. 25 issue, we referred to Republican Senate candidate Chris Didier in Washington state. His first name is actually Clint. We also stated that incumbent Robert Bennett, senator from Utah, was ousted in a primary, but he actually lost his seat by not being renominated at a State Republican party convention. Explains reader James Evans, "Bennett could not gain 40 percent of the delegate votes to challenge Mike Lee in a primary. Thus, with about 2,000 votes, Mike Lee became the nominee, and was elected the new Republican senator. This adds to your "lynch-mob" theme -- a mere 2,000 people basically elected a U.S. senator."