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  • New HCN staffer Lisa Jones

    Cindy Wehling

Back from Buzzworm

Lisa Jones recently moved her base of operations from one side of Paonia's Grand Avenue to the other to start work as a researcher and writer on High Country News' land grant university project. A staff writer at HCN in 1990 and 1991, Lisa has spent most of the last three years traveling between Paonia and places like Madagascar, Scotland and Ecuador as the travel writer and editor for Buzzworm magazine, which is now defunct.

She parted ways with Buzz-worm last winter but stayed in the tourism business, joining some 200 other Paonians who drove over McClure Pass daily to work in Aspen.

"My job was cleaning condos in Snowmass for what are locally known as Brazilianaires," she says. The two-hour commute through subdivisions and trailer towns made her think of Western Colorado in a new light: "Aspen, and towns around it, are proof that feudalism didn't end in the Middle Ages."

Lisa is glad to be back at HCN for the next year or so. "It's going to be fascinating to look at the West through its universities. And after spending the last three years in airports, limiting my travel to Laramie, Wyo., Logan, Utah, and Fort Collins, Colo., sounds just fine."

Number six

The Dallas Morning News and reporter Gayle Reaves and USA Today were honored by Project Censored for writing about what Project Censored says was the most under-reported story in the U.S. It was a United Nations report that the United States has become one of the most dangerous places in the world for young people. Nine out of 10 young people murdered in industrialized nations are slain in the United States.

The national panel of media experts, including Noam Chomsky, Susan Faludi and Hugh Downs, voted "U.S. Army quietly resumes biowarfare testing after 10-year hiatus' the sixth most censored story. That article, by Jon Christensen, appeared in the August 8, 1993, issue of HCN. It also appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune and the High Country Advocate. It was the only Western story honored by the 18-year-old Project Censored, which is based at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif.

Number eight

A media publication in Ridgewood, N.J., named The New York Times the nation's top news organization for environmental reporting. High Country News was listed eighth by Business News Reporter, based on a survey of environmental reporters. The other eight organizations were The Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times, National Public Radio, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sacramento Bee, Cable News Network, the Dallas Morning News and the Arizona Republic.


One of HCN's spring interns, Roland Giller, cut his internship short in order to go to work for the Milton-Freewater Valley Herald as general assignment reporter. Roland says it's a good paper and there's a bonus: "I love that part of Oregon."

Kristy Ratliff, a former intern, is now a writer for Catalyst magazine in Salt Lake City.

Thank you

Thus far, we have received 3,000 reader surveys of the 16,000 or so sent out. We appreciate the responses, which are proving very useful.

Fish Mail

You've heard of E-Mail. Roger Meehan is making use of Fish Mail: a bright pink plastic salmon that contains a letter in its belly urging support of endangered species listing of salmon. In his letter to associate editor Paul Larmer, Meehan writes: "Should a person or group pick up on this idea, I'd be willing to sponsor at least a small school of fish swimming in the right direction."

Thus far, he's sent fish to President Bill Clinton and to his state's congressional delegation. Meehan can be reached at 1135 Masonic Ave., Apt. 1, San Francisco, CA 94117-2973.

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