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May your holidays be bright

 

We'll see you again around mid-January -- we'll be taking a longer-than-usual publishing hiatus in December, to better align our printing schedule with the holidays, work on exciting stories for the new year, and overdose on eggnog and fudge. In the meantime, be sure to visit us on the Web at www.hcn.org for fresh blog posts, Writers on the Range columns and other features.

VISITOR ON WHEELS
Subscriber Jane Tarlow enjoyed one of her last fall motorcycle tours recently, touring Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in western Colorado in late September before swinging through Paonia and HCN headquarters. A former national park ranger in Mesa Verde, Denali and Yellowstone, she now lives and works as a private ski instructor in Breckenridge, Colo. Jane told us she was anticipating the day when the snow would be deep enough that she could trade her two-wheeler for a pair of planks -- and thanks to some recent storms, she's probably schussing happily now.

RECENT BOOKS
Former HCN intern Tim Sullivan (fall 2000) has a new book of creative nonfiction, No Communication with the Sea: Searching for an Urban Future in the Great Basin, published by University of Arizona Press. Sullivan, now an urban planner and designer, says he wanted "to bring cities more into the conversation of the Interior West. The Great Basin provides an interesting laboratory for urbanism, because while building sustainable cities in these desert valleys appears more difficult than anywhere in the nation, nowhere is it more critical."

Longtime HCN contributor Craig Childs continues his exploration of the darker side of archaeology and artifact collecting in Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession. Published this summer by Little, Brown and Company, the book includes a chapter based on an article that originally ran in HCN ("Pillaging the Past," April 28, 2008).

The Longest Subtitle of the Year award goes to contributor Jeremy N. Smith, for his new book from Skyhorse Publishing. Growing a Garden City: How Farmers, First Graders, Counselors, Troubled Teens, Foodies, a Homeless Shelter Chef, Single Mothers, and More are Transforming Themselves and Their Neighborhoods Through the Intersection of Local Agriculture and Community -- and How You Can, Too "tells the surprising, inspiring true story of one of the country's most far-reaching experiments in urban transformation through local food."

CORRECTIONS
Our Nov. 22 election results map mistakenly showed that Alaska has one of its U.S. Senate seats occupied by a Republican and the other Senate race was not yet decided. Actually, Alaska has one Democratic senator, Mark Begich, and Republican Lisa Murkowski has unofficially won the other seat. In the same issue, we said in a correction that Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee had been effectively elected by about 2,000 people at the state's GOP convention in May. However, neither Lee nor his opponent Tim Bridgewater received the 60 percent vote needed for an outright win at the convention. Lee won the party nomination in the primary election in June.  HCN regrets the errors.