Tristan Ahtone

Contributing Editor

Tristan Ahtone is an award-winning journalist and member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Since 2008, Tristan has reported for PBS Newshour, National Native News, Wyoming Public Radio, Fusion, the Fronteras Desk, NPR, and Al Jazeera America.

Emily Benson

Editorial Fellow

Emily’s lifelong love of the outdoors was sparked by a childhood spent swimming and paddling the lakes and rivers of New York State’s Adirondack Mountains. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Colgate University in central New York, a master’s degree in biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a graduate certificate from the University of California Santa Cruz’s Science Communication Program. She spends most of her free time cross-country skiing or cooling off in the nearest lake or river, depending on the season.

email: emilyb at

Paige Blankenbuehler

Assistant Editor

Paige is a Colorado native and writes about changing communities in the West and contributes to the magazine’s tribal coverage. She began covering Western issues at newspapers in the state in 2011 and received a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri in 2015. When she’s not writing, she likes to get swallowed by the wilderness on long backpacking trips.

email: paigeb at

Graham Lee Brewer

Contributing Editor

Graham Lee Brewer is a contributing editor on the High Country News tribal affairs desk. He is a native of Oklahoma, where he resides with his son, and a member of the Cherokee Nation. Graham is an alum of The Oklahoman newspaper, where he extensively covered the state criminal justice system. Graham serves as a board member for the Native American Journalists Association.

email: grahamb at

Brian Calvert


Brian, a fourth-generation Wyoming native, grew up in Pinedale and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1994 with a B.A. in English liberal arts and minors in writing and media studies. He has worked as a foreign correspondent, writer, audio journalist, and most recently, a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. He is currently completing an MFA in poetry.

email: brianc at

Christie Cantrell

Customer Service Manager

Christie hails from a rich history of nonprofit, small business, corporate enterprise customer service and project management experience; all of which is augmented by her long-time engagement in the human potential movement.

She has lived in Colorado for almost four decades, having left Northern California’s big city fuel crisis and water shortages of the 1970s for the nurturing mountain lifestyle of the Rockies.

Her passions are family and friends, touring and photographing the stunning Rocky Mountains, riding tandem on her husband’s Harley, as well as hiking, fishing, and bike riding while home basing out of rural Paonia – known as Colorado’s Fresh Food Capital!

email: christiec at

Cally Carswell

Contributing Editor

Cally got her start in public radio before taking the print plunge as an HCN intern and editorial fellow in 2009. New Mexico-born, Chicago-raised, Cally spent her pre-HCN decades plotting her return to the Southwest. Happy to once again be a tiny dot in a big landscape, she writes and edit news and features for the magazine.

email: callyc at

Lisa McManigal Delaney

Customer Service Assistant

After several decades of reading HCN, Lisa is excited to come and work in our Customer Service Department. She grew up in southern California, has an MA in Urban Planning, focusing on environmental policy, as well as an MBA from UCLA. Lisa migrated to Colorado in the nineties, living in the Roaring Fork Valley, and was thrilled to return to the Western Slope in 2013 when she and her family relocated to Paonia. In her free time, she enjoys family time, travel, hiking, skiing and small-town living. She volunteers with the Western Slope Conservation Center.

email: lisad at

Laura Dixon

Events & Business Partner Coordinator

Laura has loved the Southwest since she first moved to Colorado in 1981. After seven years in Seattle, she is excited to return to the mountains of Colorado, which she considers home. Laura has worked in marketing, development, advertising and community relations for numerous non-profits, including Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Spiritual Paths Foundation, and most recently, Pilchuck Glass School. She has spent many years working in public libraries. Laura enjoys time with family and friends, gardening, fiber arts, reading, qigong and visiting hot springs.

email: laurad at

Sarah Gilman

Contributing Editor

Sarah has covered the West’s natural resources, politics and people since 2006. Before moving to Portland, Oregon, to write features, shorts and blogs and continue editing cover stories and news, she spent six and a half years flogging writers and managing the intern program as High Country News’s in-house associate editor. She grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and has spent most of her adult life in small towns in the Rockies, studying white-crowned sparrows, reporting at a daily newspaper and working on a trail crew. Her favorite tool — from her days building steps and retaining walls on the slopes of Mount Massive outside Leadville — is the double jack. These days, she’s also especially partial to her 8-lb. maul.

email: sarah at

Ruxandra Guidi

Contributing Editor

Ruxandra Guidi, a native of Venezuela, has reported throughout the United States and Latin America for both magazines and public radio, and in both English and Spanish. She has worked extensively as an independent journalist, and has also worked for PRI’s The World, NPR’s Latino USA, and as a U.S.-Mexico border reporter for the Fronteras Desk initiative. Her work has been published by Orion Magazine, National Geographic NewsWatch, The Atlantic, and others. She’s a board member for the award-winning nonprofit journalism collaborative, Homelands Productions, and she regularly collaborates with husband, photographer Bear Guerra, under the name Fonografia Collective.

email: ruxandrag at

Erica Howard

Accountant & HR Assistant

Erica moved to Paonia in late 2015 from Isle of Wight, England, having fallen in love with this part of Colorado after being a regular visitor to the US for many years as a spouse of an American. Previously, Erica served as the Director of Finance and HR for the UK Sailing Academy, a youth training nonprofit, for 20 years. She has two grown children, one of whom lives in California. Erica loves walking/hiking, having wonderful friends in her life and anything feline.

email: ericah at

JoAnn Kalenak

Marketing and Promotions Manager

Since 2002, JoAnn has worn several hats at High Country News, first in production, then advertising, and finally in marketing. She earned her Professional Marketer Certificate in 2014, realizing the culmination of a 40-year career in publishing that combined graphic design, creative copy writing, data and response analysis, direct mail and digital strategy, and a host of other multi-channel publishing experiences. 

Behind the scenes, she volunteered (retired in 2016) for a local animal rescue organization acting on the board of directors for ten years, and directing operations at the organization's animal shelter for four years. Favorite rescue story: "One of the many dogs that my husband and I fostered was both deaf and blind (Double Blue Merle Aussie). We called him Will...for the 'will' to live. While visiting, my brother introduced Will to a dog whistle via his iPhone. We all stood stunned to see Will's ears turn upward at just below 19 mhz. We could not hear the sound, but he could. The world opened for him, ... and became a bit bigger for us, too."

email: joann at

Maya L. Kapoor

Associate Editor

Maya is a science and environmental writer with more than a decade’s experience as a field biologist and environmental educator in the western United States and Latin America. Maya holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Williams College, a master’s degree in biology from Arizona State University, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arizona. In her free time she likes to backpack.

email: mayak at

Gretchen King 

Director of Engagement

Gretchen is excited to hear from HCN readers and help them forge a stronger connection to the stories of the West. Her work here focuses on social media and website engagement, providing oversight to marketing, advertising and IT. With a B.S. in journalism and masters in professional communications, Gretchen has worked in the web world since 1992 (and knows this dates her to admit). Raised on the Western Slope of Colorado, Gretchen has lived in Boulder, Indiana, Oregon and, most recently, Fairbanks, Alaska. Now living in Paonia since 2007, she loves any mountain experience, chocolate, yoga and spending time with her husband, Mike, and 10-year-old son, Riley.

email: gretchenk at

Jessica Kutz

Editorial Intern

Jessica Kutz got her start in journalism as a staff reporter at a small-town daily newspaper in Telluride, Colorado. She has a degree in international affairs from the University of Colorado and an international media certificate. As an editorial intern, Jessica hopes to learn the ins and outs of narrative storytelling and writing in-depth news analysis about the people and policies that make up the West. In her free time she likes listening to Paul Simon on repeat, playing the four mediocre songs she knows on the guitar and planning hiking adventures in this beautiful state she gets to call home.

email: jessicak at

Krista Langlois


After years of transience, Krista Langlois started out as an HCN intern in 2013 and has stuck around western Colorado ever since. Now a correspondent for the magazine, she writes from her home outside Durango. Shes also written for Slate, Alaska magazine, Adventure Journal and elsewhere. When not glued to a computer screen, she can usually be found upside-down in a river somewhere, attempting to kayak. 

email: kristal at

Paul Larmer

Executive Director/Publisher

After completing his internship in 1984, Paul went on to hold almost every possible position at High Country News. He is now responsible for working with the board of directors, drumming up funding and generally making sure the magazine is sailing in the right direction. He holds a master’s degree in natural resource policy and worked for years at the Sierra Club. Every summer he plants a few crops on his small ranch in Western Colorado and pretends to be a farmer.

email: plarmer at

Christine List

Development Assistant

Development assistant Christine List says the decision to move to Paonia, Colo., HCN’s hometown, was a family affair. A Chicago native and longtime Northern California resident, Christine wanted to live in the same town as her daughter, Keaton, and her grandchildren. She brings years of experience as an education and litigation secretary, along with an unusual hobby: making glass beads. “I love playing with fire,” admits Christine, who once belonged to a group of bead-makers called the Flame Dames. She’s excited about helping HCN grow by encouraging reader contributions, especially via our monthly giving program, and she’s looking forward to teaching her grandkids bead-making – as soon as she can get her hands on a torch.

email: christinel at

Betsy Marston

Writers on the Range Editor

She may have edited High Country News for 19 years – longer than anyone else in the history of the publication – but Betsy insists the experience did not make her crazy. She currently edits Writers on the Range and writes the column “Heard Around the West.” She also delights in collecting quirky photos from readers and sharing them on the back page of the magazine. She describes herself as a “volunteeraholic,” and in no particular order, loves Paonia, biking back roads, reading the Sunday New York Times, and her grandchildren Maude, Bruno and Sorcha.

email: betsym at

Kathy Martinez

Circulation Systems Administrator

Since 1995 Kathy has worked her way up the ranks of the HCN Circulation Department from part-time office staff (applying labels to the newspaper when it was mailed from our Paonia office) to circulation manager. Kathy now concentrates on the database needed to support HCN’s subscribers. When not at HCN you can find her fishing and camping in the great outdoors or staying close to home gardening, cooking and being a grandma.

email: kathy at

Laurie Milford

Director of Development

Laurie brings 17 years of experience in senior nonprofit and education management to High Country News. Previously, she was executive director at the Wyoming Outdoor Council, where she played a role in establishing the first state laws to regulate the flaring of methane in natural gas drilling operations and to require oil and gas companies to determine baseline water quality before using hydraulic fracturing. She was involved in the long-term protection of more than 3 million acres of BLM and Forest Service lands, including the landmark Wyoming Range Legacy Act and was instrumental in raising funds to achieve these successes. Laurie served as a production editor for Westview Press in Boulder, Colorado, and holds a bachelors and a master’s degree in English from the University of Iowa and the University of Wyoming respectively. She graduated from the Institute for Conservation Leadership in 2008; in 2010 the institute recognized her as an exemplary leader in the conservation movement. Laurie lives in Hotchkiss with her husband and son.

email: lauriem at

Michelle Nijhuis

Contributing Editor

Michelle began her journalism career in 1998, as a High Country News intern, and has written for High Country News ever since. Michelle has also written for Smithsonian, National Geographic and Audubon, and won several national honors including an AAAS Science Journalism Award and inclusion in the anthology Best American Science Writing. A lapsed biologist, Michelle was once paid to chase tortoises through the Sonoran Desert; the tortoises usually won.

email: michelle at

Pam Peters

Circulation Assistant

Pam moved to Colorado with her family in 1992 when they built their own home, which is totally off the grid and passive solar. Her four children are all grown, and she spends her free time with her husband and lots of livestock - horses, goats, turkeys and chickens. Pam enjoys spending her time with her children, four grandchildren and traveling. She is very happy to be working with the circulation department at High Country News

email: ppeters at

Jodi Peterson

Senior Editor

Jodi grew up on Colorado’s Front Range and attended Colorado State University, earning a B.A. in English and an M.A. in communication development. She spent 16 years working as a technical communicator with computer company Hewlett-Packard, then made a career shift to journalism. Shortly after completing an internship with High Country News, in 2004, she was hired as the organization’s news editor; she served as managing editor for five years and is now senior editor. Under Jodi’s leadership, HCN’s journalism received the Hillman Prize, two Utne Reader Independent Media awards for best environmental coverage, special citations from the Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism, and several awards from the National Association of Science Writers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Jodi now oversees the news stories and book reviews for each issue of the magazine, and writes about public lands, wildlife management and other topics.

email: jodi at

Alyssa Pinkerton

Major Gift Adviser

Alyssa was born in Florida, but don’t hold that against her. She has worked for High Country News in the development department since October 2008. She enjoys building relationships with the remarkable readership, staff and board of directors. When she’s not working with donors, you can find her romping out in the wild lands, painting pictures, dancing, or soaking in hot springs - with her two darling towheads.

email: alyssap at

Kate Schimel

Deputy Editor, digital 

Kate is a Colorado native and a lifelong High Country News reader. She got her start covering education in Denver and around the state at Chalkbeat, a start-up education news site. She has a degree in biology at Reed. She spent six months as an intern at HCN during the spring of 2015. Since then shes worked as a freelance education and environment reporter, a Seattle-based correspondent for HCN, and now works from our Paonia headquarters as the deputy editor, digital.  

email: kateschimel at

Carl Segerstrom

Editorial Intern

Carl comes to HCN from Eugene, Oregon where he studied journalism through the University of Oregon's professional master's program and wrote for Eugene Weekly. Originally from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Carl has lived and travelled through much of the West. When he's not digging into environmental news stories, he likes to spend time outside skiing and exploring high country rivers and lakes.

email: carls at

Anna Smith

Assistant Editor

Anna V. Smith has spent the majority of her life in the Pacific Northwest, from growing up in rural Oregon to becoming a news reporter on a small cluster of islands in northern Washington. Anna majored in environmental studies and journalism at the University of Oregon, where she helped start the campus’s first environmentally focused publication, Envision. An internship with the Smithsonian Institute’s Gabon Biodiversity Program in Central Africa confirmed that she preferred writing about science rather than conducting it, and Anna has gone on to cover native bee decline in the Willamette Valley, the social struggles of wolf reintroduction to Eastern Oregon, and marine science in the Puget Sound. She joined the HCN team in Paonia as our editorial intern in July 2016 and is now our assistant editor.

email: annasmith at

Eric Strebel

Full Stack Web Application Developer

Eric Strebel has been working with computers since 1978, when he got his first personal computer, and soon thereafter learned to create custom programs as a hobby. Eric eventually developed his programming hobby into a livelihood. Prior to joining us, he freelanced, managed local websites, and managed a call center IT department over the course of two decades. Eric enjoys fishing, hiking in the mountains and perfecting his different salsa recipes. He lives in nearby Hotchkiss with his wife, Barbara.

email: erics at

Diane Sylvain

Copy Editor

Diane splits her time between painting – she’s an accomplished artist who sells her art all over Western Colorado – and making our prose sparkle. She sometimes draws illustrations for the magazine, too. She’s worked at High Country News since 1990. Her dad and brother have followed her to Paonia, where she lives in a century-old house with her exceptionally large cat, Gumbo.

email: diane at

Doris Teel

Fulfillment Worker

Doris is part of the High Country News mail team and helps to distribute issues of the magazine and other direct mailings to our readers. Doris loves reading HCN, as well as knitting, crocheting and visiting her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who live nearby. Before coming to HCN, Doris worked at the Paonia Home Care Center, and she’s been a Delta County, Colorado, resident since 1960.

Jonathan Thompson

Contributing Editor

Jonathan Thompson is a native Westerner with deep roots in southwestern Colorado. He owned and edited the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper in the tiny town of Silverton, Colo., and was the editor-in-chief of High Country News from 2007 to 2010. He was a 2011-12 Ted Scripps fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Now he lives in Sofia, Bulgaria, with his wife and two daughters and is writing a book about the Gold King Mine disaster. 

email: jonathan at

Sarah Tory


Growing up in Toronto, Sarah Tory devoured books on mountaineering, learned to ski on the modest yet icy slopes several hours away and became an avid rock climber and runner. The summers after her high school graduation in New Hampshire and freshman year at Williams College in Massachusetts, she returned to the Canadian Rockies, where she cleaned cabins at a lodge – and encountered grizzly bears.

Sarah, who recently completed her MFA from Columbia University in New York, has covered environmental issues for the English-language Santiago Times in Chile and worked on a documentary about mining in Peru. She and a friend once biked 5,000 kilometers through Argentina and Chile, ending in Argentinas Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. "Ramona," her trusty touring bike, accompanied her to Paonia, but her interest in a mountain bike is growing daily. 

email: sarahtory at

Brooke Warren

Associate Photo Editor

Brooke grew up in the mountains of Crested Butte, Colorado, learning to love wild places and adventures, which have taken her to Vietnam to research catfish trade, through Chile photographing cafes, and most recently as a guide in Peru. She graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, with a degree in visual journalism and applies her visual finesse to each issue of High Country News. While not in the office, she can be found rock climbing, rafting, running, biking or dancing in beautiful landscapes, and usually with camera in-hand.

email: brookewarren at

Cindy Wehling

Art Director

Cindy has been responsible for making High Country News look its best since 1990, including shepherding its transition from newspaper to magazine and from black and white to full color. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she works with photographers and artists and heads up the design and production of the magazine. Cindy and her husband, Don Olsen, also work on the family farm and are continuing to add on to the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Usonian house they built overlooking their hayfields.

email: cindy at

Alan Wells

IT Manager

Alan is a Colorado native who has always been entranced by the beauty and uniqueness that is the state, whether building trails during his time with the Youth Open Space program or mountain biking through the Rockies. Alans fascination with technology began at a young age when he deconstructed the family computer and eventually learned to put it back together in working order.

Alan graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Colorado. Prior to joining High Country News, Alan refurbished and recycled personal and enterprise IT equipment, helping to complete the end stages of the hardware life-cycle in an ethical and sustainable manner. He continues to pursue a connection with the natural beauty of Colorado and the West, and researches digital logistics and the impact of ubiquitous technology on individuals and societies.

email: alanw at

Tay Wiles

Associate Editor

email: taywiles at

Tammy York

Circulation Assistant

Tammy grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York but took one look at the Rocky Mountains and had to live in them. She left for Colorado shortly after graduating college and spent 10 years loving Ridgway before moving to Paonia. When not helping our readers in the circulation department, Tammy enjoys spending time with her husband and kids. She loves hiking, biking, camping, swimming, baking, singing and playing guitar.

emailtammyyork at

Mary Zachman

Accounts and Office Assistant

Mary grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and lived on the west coast of Florida. The West called her back, and she moved to Colorado in 2009, first landing Montrose and then in Ridgway. In 2015 she found Paonia and has felt at home ever since. Mary shares her home with her husband, John, and their two dogs. She has three grown kids who followed her to Colorado. Mary loves hiking and exploring the beautiful Colorado landscapes. In addition to her work at HCN, Mary does bookkeeping for KVNF and a solar company, and works at a local home bakery. Mary’s passion is real, healthy, organic food, and she loves spending time cooking with the bounty that Paonia offers. 

emailmaryz at

Joshua Zaffos


Josh has been writing for HCN since his internship in 2002, reporting from nearly every Western state along the way. His work has also appeared in numerous print and online publications, and can be viewed at Josh holds a masters degree from Yale School Forestry and Environmental Studies. He lives in Fort Collins, Colo., where he also teaches natural resources communications at Colorado State University.

email: joshuazaffos at

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