We apologize for garbling names in
our coverage of the Adam's Rib ski resort battle in Colorado (HCN,
2/19/96). Bud Gates, not Bud Grant, is the Eagle County
commissioner; Kathy Heicher, with a K, is on the Eagle County
planning commission, and Kathleen Forinash, not Forinesh, is the
county's director of health and human services. We regret the
Gene Lorig of the Concerned Citizens
for Eagle County would like us to add that a number of
environmental organizations helped his group fight the proposed ski
resort, including the Colorado Chapter of the Sierra Club, the
Colorado Wildlife Federation, the Colorado Environmental Coalition,
and the Land and Water Fund.
The same day's
mail contained an order from Eugene Simon of Faywood, N.M., for six
gift subscriptions to HCN, starting with "that excellent think
piece" on Santa Fe, and a postcard from Mark Miller of Santa Fe
canceling his subscription because, instead of Santa Fe and
tourism, "you should stick to the bigger problems in the West."
Running HCN is easy: We just do what readers
tell us to do.
Hal Brill, who tells us he is an
environmentally responsible investment advisor, stopped by to pick
up the issue on Santa Fe, where he lives when he's not
house-sitting for friends near Paonia.
Long-time subscriber John Welfelt of nearby Delta visited HCN after
talking to the Paonia Rotary Club about economic development. John,
who owns Welfelt Welding, has helped form an economic development
group to diversify the local economy and improve the quality of
life. Without such efforts, he says, rural communities become
desperate and grab for whatever jobs they can get.
Also passing through Paonia were subscribers
Tim and Wren Wirth, on their way from a standing-room-only
conference in Glenwood Springs on quality of life and growth. Tim
is a former senator from Colorado who is now with the U.S. State
Department. They were on their way to Crested Butte to celebrate
publication of Reflections on a Western Town: An Oral History of
Crested Butte, Colo., by their daughter Kelsey Wirth. The book
features lots of historic photos and is published by Oh-Be-Joyful
Press, Box 804, Crested Butte, CO 81224.
book points out one difference between Crested Butte, the mining
town, and Crested Butte, the ski
"Whereas before locals
worried that there would be too much snow, the constant fear today
is that there will not be enough." In the old days, too much snow
closed the railroad tracks, which shut down the coal mines. Today,
too little snow shuts down skiing.
Mullen dropped by to tell us about the Colorado Environmental
Coalition. He is its Western Slope representative in Grand
Junction. HCN and CEC have since decided to hold a joint potluck on
Saturday, May 18, in Grand Junction, after both groups hold a board
Visitors - by
When HCN got six requests by E-mail for
samples from Ithaca, N.Y., associate publisher Linda Bacigalupi
became curious. Karen Tang filled her in: "Hi, yes, we are all in
an environmental economics class in Cornell. Our professor put the
link to your site on the class's web page, that's why..."
Subscriber Garrett Ray of Fort Collins, Colo.,
tells us that the Regional Environment Center for Central and
Eastern Europe is looking for a communications officer, presumably
to be based in Budapest, Hungary. If you are interested, the
center's E-mail address is Mozes@fs2.bp.rec.hu.
Michael Frome writes from Bellingham, Wash., to comment on the
financial report in the Feb. 5 issue. "I love the idea of (HCN)
spending only 5 percent on newsprint, for advertising is not only
what's wrong with newspapers, but with society." Michael has a new
book coming out in the spring: Chronicling the West - Thirty Years
of Environmental Writing.
If we had four more Jon
Christensens, we used to joke, HCN would have the West completely
covered. That's because Jon reported on the 200,000-square-mile
Great Basin, leaving only 800,000 square miles for all the rest of
us to cover.
Jon is still covering the Great
Basin for HCN, but as a freelance writer rather than as its Great
Basin editor. With the extra time, the Carson City, Nev., resident
intends to set up a news service and publish a quarterly newsletter
about the basin.
Inside-the-Beltway wilderness champion
James Gould Bradley died on Dec. 25, 1995. John Twiss of the Black
Hills National Forest in South Dakota wrote to say that "he
deserves tribute. He did so much for this country."
Bradley worked for the U.S. Forest Service for
18 years defending wilderness on the ground, and then worked for
former Congressman Bruce Vento, D-Minn., helping to pass laws that
protected 3 million acres of land as wilderness, added 700,000
acres of national forest, and established five national recreation
areas and two national monuments.
In his eulogy
at a Jan. 21, 1996, memorial service, John Twiss said Jim Bradley,
from his position on a congressional staff, vigorously protected
the Forest Service's integrity "against attack by big money
interests, political manipulation and budget attacks."
Our lead story squeezed out a Bulletin Board
page this issue, but two conferences set for Colorado deserve
The experience of discovery, from
documenting climate changes to analyzing farm practices, will be
the focus of Field Scientists and the Shaping of the American West,
at the University of Colorado at Boulder March 15-16. The
conference features talks by Wes Jackson of the Land Institute and
Ted Strong of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.
Contact the Center of the American West,
You can learn the intricacies of
water rights and water quality issues at the third annual Western
Water Law get-together in Denver March 7-8. Conference topics
include citizens' lawsuits under the Clean Water Act and
off-reservation use of Indian-owned water. Contact Continuing Legal
Education International, 1541 Race St., Suite 100, Denver, CO 80206
" Ed Marston
for the staff