Curiosity about consensus
Perhaps feeling angry or resentful takes more work than cooperation, or maybe it's the habit of perceiving people as black hats or white hats that eventually seems old hat. In any case, we've had so many requests for our special issue May 13 on consensus (-Howdy, neighbor!: As a last resort, Westerners start talking to each other') that we've printed 500 more copies. Contact circulation chief Gretchen Nicholoff if you or your organization is interested in ordering the 20-page issue.
Odds and ends
Thanks to an annual rendezvous of BMW owners who roar into Paonia 800 strong, we visited with freelancer Arthur Jacobson of Tucson, Ariz., and Steve Grah, who works for Canyonlands Natural History Association in Moab, Utah.
Congratulations to Patricia Calhoun, the feisty editor of the weekly Westword in Denver, Colo., for winning a Golden Quill award for opinion writing. The award is given each year by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, based at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. And congratulations to Ben Eastman of Hotchkiss, Colo., an Olympic silver medalist in the half-mile in 1932, on the happy occasion of his 85th birthday. Ben and his wife, Edwina, own a fruit farm.
Little did Catron County attorney Jim Catron know that when he harkened back to the glory days of the Gaelic people in High Country News June 24, he would (slightly) offend others. We lack the room to print the three letters we received, but will pass on one rejoinder from Keran O'Brien of Sedona, Ariz., a fellow descendent of Gaels, including Brian (Boru) mac Cennidighe: He says Catron's blithe dismissal of Roman generals as "pot-bellied" is overstated. We admit ignorance on this issue.
Former Albuquerque Tribune reporter Tony Davis, now working in Salem, Ore., for the Statesman-Journal, wants readers of New Mexico's "custom and culture"-oriented Hatch Courier to know that he is not, as Jim Catron describes him in a June 27 column, a "mall rat." However, he stands by his words to Catron that having studied journalism in college, he is educated in nothing.
New reader John Jencks of Berkeley, Calif., notes that he failed to catch any typographical errors in the June 24 issue on Catron County. We dare him to repeat that feat with this issue!
What a brilliant idea editor Kathy Cone had: She'd ask 30 editors to pick their favorite independent publication, then ask them to write a brief review, with those reviews and others by staffers filling the next edition of the quarterly Workbook, published by the Southwest Research and Information Center in New Mexico. What with calls to remind busy editors to meet her deadline, Kathy's job was probably more hectic than usual. But the 101-page review of 60 alternative or "niche" publications is well worth reading. The Workbook can be reached at P.O. Box 4524, Albuquerque, NM 87106 (505/262-1862).
Edward Abbey grew up in Home, Pa., and now a state historical marker will commemorate the famous writer and curmudgeon. English professor Jim Cahalan, who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, says letters from actor Robert Redford helped persuade a skeptical state commission that the author of Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang deserved a marker; now all that is needed is help raising its $1,250 cost. Donations may be sent to Historical Society - Abbey Fund, c/o Ivan McGee, Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, Wayne and 6th Streets, Indiana, PA 15701 (412/463-9600).
Editorial staffers spent an hour recently with former Bureau of Reclamation chief Dan Beard, who is now a regional vice president of the National Audubon Society, based in Boulder, Colo. He'd worked as a Washington lobbyist after quitting the Bruce Babbitt team in the Interior Department last year, but one day, he said, he could not face making another trip to the Capitol. These days he's happily on the road talking to bird-lovers and environmentalists.
Reuben and Sydell Pannor from Pacific Palisades, Calif., dropped in after visiting their son Ricky Accomozzo, a lawyer in Boulder, Colo., and readers Carol Jean and Jack Shilton made a fast detour to see us during their Smithsonian Institution tour of Western railroads.
Eliot Kalman, a subscriber from Athens, Ohio, dropped by with local readers Skip Edwards and Doreen Detmers. He was on the way to Washington state to fight fires for the Forest Service, and though this was his first appearance in our office, we knew him from his donation of badly needed phone books for Worland and Rock Springs, Wyo. We also met subscribers Don and Joan McMillen and their daughter, Maureen, of Menlo Park, Calif. Don is a research chemist at the Stanford Research Institute and Joan is a composer.
Looking for the lost
While the editorial staff took a break earlier this month, staffers Linda Bacigalupi and Mary Cox buried themselves in rolodexes, databases and HCN's archives searching for the names and addresses of everyone who wrote, took pictures or drew illustrations or cartoons that appeared in this paper from 1993 through 1996. They came up with over 800 contributors but found only 486 addresses.
The reason for the search? To formally notify freelancers of HCN's website, which contains an archive of all of the articles published since January 1993. If you think your work appeared in High Country News during this period and did not receive a mailing from us, please call Mary Cox at 970/527-4898, or e-mail Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org. The mailing consists of a snapshot of HCN's homepage, a permission form for using these works in our online archive, and a sample contract for future work with us. If you received the mailing but are missing one of these parts, please let us know; and thanks to those early birds among you who have already returned your forms.
* Betsy Marston for the staff
Curiosity about consensus