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  • Cal Sunderland shows "side effects" of his radiation therapy

    Norman Sunderland


Richard Millet, executive vice president of Denver operations at Woodward-Clyde, tells us that Robert (not Bill) Moran was employed as a part-time geochemist at his company, so he was not head geologist, as reported by HCN staffer Heather Abel in her lead story about "mining's corporate nomads' June 23. He also says that the water quality work within the environmental impact statement that Woodward-Clyde prepared for the Bureau of Land Management was "commensurate with the level of characterization work that is typically performed and is standard practice for mine sites throughout the Western United States."

Stories and a recent letter have appeared in these pages lately about "thrillcraft" and citizen efforts to rein them in at Lake Tahoe, in Hells Canyon and on the Colorado River. Now comes a letter from Kawasaki Motors telling us they appreciate the attention, but they'd like us to get the name right.

"JET SKI is a registered trademark of Kawasaki and should not be used as a general name for a product," says Tracy Thornton, a trademark licensing supervisor in Irvine, Calif. Examples of appropriate use provided in the letter include: "Enjoy the excitement of riding a JET SKI watercraft." All capital letters. We'd like to suggest another, yet still correct, version: "JET SKI watercraft are often noisy, intrusive and dangerous."

He keeps 'dancering'

The journalist and part-time ballroom dance teacher Cal Sunderland, who lives in Delta, Colo., not far from this office, says he has gone through the Great Depression, the Great Plains Drought, World War II, five Winnemuca rodeos, a 50th high school class reunion and, this year, an operation for a benign brain tumor. He also had radiation therapy - five days a week over a six-week period. Cal, whose writing has returned to normal after an inventive, "Keep dancering" scrambled phase, says he celebrated the end of his X-ray zapping by appearing at the hospital graduation in a tuxedo. That part he'd warned doctors and staff about. The bigger surprise was the fuzzy gorilla head, which he attributed to a "side effect." Cal received a diploma recognizing his "courage and praiseworthy good nature." Actually, he says, "I whimpered a lot and my normally grumpy nature has turned downright grouchy."

On their way elsewhere...

Late summer brought us more passers-through, including subscribers Dwight and Damaris Barry from Colorado Springs. He is a biologist looking for a a job; she is an artist. A doctor and nurse team, Jim and Judy Murray, from West Hartford, Conn., made a housecall at High Country News to check up on their son, Jamie, a summer intern. On their way they encountered hail, rain and a road-blocking mudslide.

Biologist Bitty Roy dropped in from Zurich, Switzerland, where she noted the hiking death toll in Europe is high: So far, 50 people have died in the Alps this year. She said the mountains are so steep that an avalanche can begin high up, and people below won't know it - until tumbling rocks signal one is fast on its way.

Tim and Maryjo Schmitt of Pittsburgh, Pa., said hello during their vacation, and Ron Guidotti, a reader in Albuquerque, N.M., took a break from a bicycle tour between Frisco and Durango, Colo. "I've been a reader for years and always wanted to see this place," he told us.

Loping by moonlight

At first it was a rumor ripping through town, but then we tracked down the story: Cindy Little, 24, a mechanic at the Arco coal mine 16 miles up-valley, saw a lion loping through Paonia in the moonlight. Riding her motorcycle home from swing shift Aug. 20, she says at first the animal in the road looked like a big dog. Then she saw it was a lion, "pretty full grown." The cougar veered around her and then vanished into a front yard near a flower shop. How did she feel about the silent encounter? "He was beautiful," she says.

Sandy Sargent

Sandy Sargent, 75, who died this July after a bout with leukemia, was described by the Associated Press as a founder of the modern environmental movement in Montana. She and her late husband, Len, were stalwart environmentalists, helping found the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and the Montana Environmental Information Center. Among their victories was beating a dam proposed for the Yellowstone River, and as GYC Director Mike Clark aptly put it, "When you're driving (near the river), one of the reasons you can is because of them. Otherwise, you'd be using a boat." They were a grand couple, and will be missed.

* Betsy Marston for the staff

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