Dear friends

  • Summer intern Alexei Rubenstein

    Peter McBride
 

1984 Redux

A decade late, High Country News has caught up to George Orwell's 1984. With the help of a grant from the Surdna Foundation, a team here has begun to create an electronic index and archive of back issues.

Almost certainly we will introduce new errors as we transfer information from print to electrical blips. But we also have the chance to erase past mistakes: We can move the logging town we placed in California back into Oregon; we can change Sen. Dennis DeConcini from the U.S. Senator from New Mexico back to Arizona; we can correct the numerous times we've called the GAO the Government Accounting Office (instead of the General Accounting Office); and we can correct the two times we've mistaken the gender of a Grand County, Utah, commissioner.

But the very act of making these corrections will introduce new mistakes, in the sense that we normally correct mistakes in Dear Friends or publish letters from readers. Should we, then, go through subsequent issues and remove the apologies, corrections and excoriations?

Some corrections will have to be made. For example, about 10 years ago, in letters an inch or so high, we misspelled buccaneer on the first page of the paper in a story referring to financier James Goldsmith. But what about factual mistakes? For example, should we go back and correct the first story referred to in the correction below? We'd appreciate suggestions.

Corrections - ours and theirs

Tom Murphy of Chicago, Ill., writes to correct HCN's regional-centrism. He writes that in the 10/4/93 issue and again in the 5/16/94 issue, HCN refers to a pack of wolves as the first known breeding pack east of the Continental Divide in the lower 48 states. "Perhaps it is time to point out that wolves have been breeding in Michigan, Minnesota and perhaps Wisconsin for many years," Murphy writes.

Two young men from Grand Junction, Colo., recently pushed a large boulder over the edge of a cliff into a canyon on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The boulder crushed the cliff edge, causing a slide that killed one man and injured the other. The local daily, the Grand Junction Sentinel, described the injured man as a "climber" in a headline. "Vandal" would have fit just as well, and been accurate.

The correct address of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance is 1471 S. 1100 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84105. In the May 30 issue, we moved Maricopa County from Arizona to another state. It's the county where someone dumped marijuana into an irrigation ditch.

Thanks

Thanks to the Sublette County Library in Pinedale, Wyo., for sending us several telephone directories.

Visitors

Julie Hansmire, a sheep rancher from Utah and Colorado, Janice Grauberger with the National Wool Growers in Denver, and Pamela Avery of the All Media Group in Denver stopped by to talk lamb.

Lee de la Houssaye and Becky Garcia, subscribers from Dallas, swung through Paonia on their way from Canyonlands National Park in Utah to Santa Fe.

Ken and Mary Cline and sons Jeremy and Benjamin stopped by on their way from Bar Harbor, Maine, to California, much of it on U.S. 50.

Congratulations to HCN board member Lynda Taylor and to Robert Hasple on their wedding in Santa Fe on May 29.

First summer intern

HCN's new intern, Alexei Rubenstein, arrived in Paonia from Portland, Ore., where he did free-lance environmental reporting at KBOO-FM, a community radio station. He also worked as volunteer coordinator for the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, a group working to make the city friendlier to pedestrians.

This summer Alexei hopes to combine his past radio experience with his work at HCN. "I am excited about producing feature radio stories dealing with some of the environmental issues HCN covers," he says.

Alexei has worked as a cargo handler in Antarctica, an assistant film editor in Washington, D.C., a hut caretaker for the Appalachian Mountain Club, and a trail crew supervisor for the Student Conservation Association. Alexei tells us he plays the guitar - "three-chord Woody Guthrie songs mostly" - and enjoys backcountry skiing, dips in ice-cold creeks, good films, bowling and backpacking.

High Country News Classifieds
  • DEPUTY DIRECTOR
    The Methow Valley Citizens Council has a distinguished history of advocating for progressive land use and environmental values in the Methow Valley and Okanogan County...
  • ACTING INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS DESK EDITOR
    High Country News is seeking an Acting Indigenous Affairs Editor to oversee the work of our award-winning Indigenous Affairs Desk while our editor is on...
  • GRANTS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    The Cinnabar Foundation seeks an enthusiastic, team-oriented and knowledgeable Grants Program Director to work from their home in Montana. Established in 1983, the Cinnabar Foundation...
  • ARTEMIS PROGRAM MANAGER
    The Artemis Program Manager will work with National Wildlife Federation sporting and public lands staff to change this dynamic, continue to build upon our successful...
  • ALASKA SEA KAYAK BUSINESS FOR SALE
    Well-known and successful sea kayak, raft, hike, camp guiding & water taxi service. Sale includes everything needed to run the business, including office & gear...
  • MEMBERSHIP AND EVENTS PROGRAM COORDINATOR
    Great Old Broads for Wilderness seeks a detail-oriented and enthusiastic Membership and Events Coordinator to join our small, but mighty-fun team to oversee our membership...
  • PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT FACILITATOR
    ABOUT THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM Since opening in 1982, HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, culture, art and natural resources to promote an understanding...
  • LAND STEWARD, ARAVAIPA
    Steward will live on-site in housing provided by TNC and maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and performs land management activities. The Land...
  • DEVELOPMENT WRITER
    Who We Are: The Nature Conservancy's mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create...
  • CONNECTIVITY SCIENCE COORDINATOR
    Position type: Full time, exempt Location: Bozeman preferred; remote negotiable Compensation: $48,000 - $52,000 Benefits: Major medical insurance, up to 5% match on a 401k,...
  • EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
    ArenaLife is looking for an Executive Assistant who wants to work in a fast-paced, exciting, and growing organization. We are looking for someone to support...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Mountain Lion Foundation is seeking an Executive Director. Please see our website for further information - mountainlion.org/job-openings
  • WASHINGTON DC REPRESENTATIVE
    Position Status: Full-time, exempt Location: Washington, DC Position Reports to: Program Director The Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) is seeking a Washington, DC Representative...
  • REGIONAL CAMPAIGN ORGANIZER
    Position Title: Regional Campaign Organizers (2 positions) Position Status: Full-time, exempt Location: Preferred Billings, MT; remote location within WORC's region (in or near Grand Junction...
  • STAFF ATTORNEY
    Western Watersheds Project seeks a Tenth Circuit Staff Attorney to bring litigation in the interests of protecting and restoring western watersheds and wildlife, particularly focused...
  • DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    Driggs, ID based non-profit. Full time. Full job description available at tvtap.org. Submit cover letter and resume to [email protected]
  • ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSTRUCTION GEOPHYSICS
    - We find groundwater, buried debris and assist with new construction projects for a fraction of drilling costs.
  • SPRING MOUNTAINS SOLAR OFF GRID MOUNTAIN HOME
    Located 50 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada in the pine forest of Lee Canyon at 8000 feet elevation. One of a kind property surrounded...
  • MAJOR GIFTS MANAGER - MOUNTAIN WEST, THE CONSERVATION FUND
    Cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of 75-125 donors.
  • NATURE'S BEST IN ARAVAIPA CANYON
    10 acre private oasis in one of Arizona's beautiful canyons. Fully furnished, 2123 sq ft architectural custom-built contemporary home with spectacular views and many extras....