Braving blaze orange
season again, and who knows it better than this office? Our
neighbor to the south is a meat locker which works overtime this
season, thanks to pickup loads of dead deer, elk and, lately, bear.
The gang of cats that patrols the alley seems in hog heaven while
the animal-lovers among us shudder at the carcasses swinging from
hooks, all on their way to "cut, wrapped and frozen"
The days continue sunny during this
flurry of hunting activity, and we continue to see passers-through
like Larry McLaud of Moscow, Idaho, who works for the Idaho
Conservation League. Larry told us parking at most trailheads
between Denver and Paonia had been snapped up by - you guessed it -
hunters. We also chatted with Tom Weis, who is based in Hood River,
Ore., and is a staffer with PEER, Public Employees for
from Buena Vista, Colo., known as Buni, as in bugle, to locals, was
Jim Gilmore, an electronics engineer and freelance writer. We also
talked to Paul Priest, a mechanical designer from Lakewood, Colo.,
who had just explored the San Rafael Swell and other remote
backcountry in Utah.
Tom Watkins, who edited The Wilderness
Society's Wilderness magazine, came through Paonia to say hello and
goodbye. For budget reasons, the twice-yearly magazine was recently
dropped by the Society, and so Tom has decided to resign and devote
most of his time to writing history books. Under Tom, Wilderness
was literary, accurate and noncommercial. It will be
Tom made his announcement at a meeting
of The Wilderness Society's governing council, which traveled to
Keystone, Colo., from around the country to give its highest honor
- the Robert Marshall Award - to Ted Stanley (of Ted and Jennifer
Stanley public-radio underwriting renown) for his lifetime
contribution to conservation. Council members also met their new
president - William H. Meadows III of San Francisco. Soon, Meadows
will leave the Sierra Club, where he directed its Centennial
Campaign, to head the 310,000-member society.
Subscriber Vada Sand of Gardena, Calif., and Rutha Hart of nearby
Cedaredge, came by to say hello. The two sisters are direct
descendants of Samuel Wade, who founded the town of Paonia in the
late 19th century. Vada told us that Wade, like many frontiersmen,
hated Indians until he fought a battle in the Dakota territory. "An
Indian woman had been wounded and he went over and moved her into a
more comfortable position. When he did that, she patted his hand in
thanks, and that was the end of his hating Indians."
Jane Sokolow, a reader from Riverdale, N.Y.,
tells us that pterodactyls are not "flying dinosaurs," as the Sept.
16 "Heard" column stated. We didn't believe Jane at first, since
"Heard" had quoted directly from the authoritative Boobyprise
newspaper of Cody, Wyo., but an encyclopedia backed her
We also heard recently from HCN board member
Michael Ehlers of Boulder, Colo., who suggests our next headline
when police arrest demonstrators for protesting timber cuts:
We heard recently from Cal Sunderland,
a longtime newspaperman from Limon and Delta, Colo., who, with his
wife, Barbara, is also a superb ballroom dancer and dance teacher.
Last winter the couple gamely tried to teach the fox trot and even
the tango to some 15 local couples who all confessed to
longstanding difficulties with keeping a beat.
Cal, in his 70s now but with ramrod posture and stoic patience,
said he was recovering nicely after having had a brain tumor
removed. To illustrate how trauma to the head can affect language,
Cal sent us a typewritten sample of a "few pharses undiitred and
unincrectored ... What you sea is what haopens with writing.
Probably take wome time before totale crontrale over those reskel,
lidttle anguilaa of speech. I'll keep whapping away at it. Keep in
touch and keep dancering! We love your!" Since this note, Cal tells
us, his spelling has improved so much it has lost all its
" Betsy Marston for the