See you in April!

HCN takes a printing break, and welcomes DC correspondent Elizabeth Shogren.

  • Elizabeth Shogren with her son in Arches National Park.

    Jeffrey Snay
 

With our 22-issue-per-year publishing schedule, we’re skipping the next issue. Look for High Country News again around April 13. In the meantime, check hcn.org for fresh articles, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. And happy spring!

 

WELCOME, ELIZABETH SHOGREN
At a time when many newsrooms are reducing staff, High Country News is growing — hiring a special Washington, D.C., correspondent. Elizabeth Shogren will explore and explain the many ways that federal agencies, politics and policies impact Westerners’ daily lives.

As a Moscow correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, Elizabeth once found herself pressed up against the tank that Russian President Boris Yeltsin famously climbed on during a 1991 coup. Later, President Clinton told the then-White House correspondent how it felt to be impeached: “Not bad.” Elizabeth began covering the environment for the LA Times’ Washington bureau because she was enthralled by the wild landscapes of Utah and Wyoming. For the past decade, she was NPR’s environment correspondent, covering the 2010 BP oil spill, climate change, endangered species and the impacts of air pollution on communities.

When she’s not reporting, Elizabeth enjoys cross-country and telemark skiing. On weekends, she escapes to Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. “Joining High Country News gives me a chance to report deeply about how major Western issues play out on the national stage,” she says. “The U.S. drilling boom and the emerging impacts of climate change make this a crucial time for this beat.” Watch for her stories in the magazine and at hcn.org.

 

C’MON BY AND VISIT US
We’re always delighted when our readers take the time to visit our headquarters in tiny Paonia, Colorado. We try to mention everyone in this column. But if we miss writing about you, please drop us a line, so we can remedy the omission. (editor@hcn.org)

Gary Hall of Denver came by recently while looking at houses in Paonia. Originally from Michigan, the graphic artist fell in love with mountains as a young man. Now he’s ready to leave the big city behind, he says, and being a longtime HCN reader, thinks Paonia might make a good home. Howdy, neighbor (we hope)!

 

A HAUNTING NEW BOOK
For the second time, HCN contributor Hannah Nordhaus has written a book that sprang from a story she wrote for us. The Beekeeper’s Lament was based on “The Silence of the Bees” (HCN, 3/19/07).  This month, HarperCollins will release American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest. “It’s something of a history wrapped in a ghost story, about my -efforts to find and understand my great-great-grandmother, Julia Staab, a mail-order German bride whose 19th-century ghost is said to haunt a luxury hotel a few blocks off Santa Fe’s Plaza,” says Hannah. She first wrote about Julia in her essay “The Soul in Suite 100: A ghost story” (HCN, 10/22/12). For more, see www.hannahnordhaus.com