Dear Friends


Summer break

To give everyone a chance to catch up on their reading, hit the trail, ride a bike, paddle a river or - you get the general idea - High Country News will skip the next issue. We'll return July 31, 2000.

New to the board

Last issue's Dear Friends column on the Albuquerque board meeting ran so long that news about the addition of three new High Country News board members was left in the computer's innards. Here they are:

Arturo Sandoval is a resident of Albuquerque who founded and is president of VOCES, Inc., a consulting firm with offices in Albuquerque, Los Angeles and Chihuahua, Mexico. He is also founder and president of the Center of Southwest Culture, Inc., a not-for-profit that promotes the people and cultures of the Southwestern U.S. He has a journalism background, having worked for more than 15 years for New Mexico newspapers and the local affiliate of UNIVISION, a Spanish-language TV network.

Mark Gordon is a rancher and environmentalist who lives in Buffalo, Wyo. In addition to raising cattle, sheep, chickens and pigs in three counties in northeastern Wyoming, he served on the Sierra Club board and as its treasurer in the early 1990s. Mark's wife, Sally, had been a member of the High Country News board for eight years when she was struck and killed in 1993 by a vehicle, while walking near the family ranch.

Andy Hays, a Chicago resident, is a consultant to the CEO of the Chicago Tribune Co., and was a key part of that firm's purchase of the Los Angeles Times. He is a graduate of Utah State University, worked in Salt Lake City for the Kennecott Corp. as a labor lawyer, and served as an associate director of the Peace Corps under R. Sargent Shriver. While an employee, he helped convince Kennecott that it did not want to mine copper in the newly created Cascades Wilderness, in Washington, where the firm had the legal right to dig an open pit.


Retired teacher Mary Beaber of Durango stopped by to say that Silverton, Colo., a mountain town of a few hundred, now has what many big cities don't: two newspapers. She brought us copies of the second weekly - the Silverton Mountain Journal, published by Jonathon Thompson. Beaber's husband, Paul, used to run the other paper in town, the Silverton Standard, but she says she is excited about the new paper.

Jim and Annie Starr stopped by on their way home to Gunnison, Colo., over just-opened Kebler Pass. Annie teaches pre-school, and Jim is a lawyer and Gunnison County Commissioner. Annie had just experienced a minor miracle: Her Amtrak train made the trip from Berkeley to Grand Junction in a little less than 24 hours, arriving a few minutes ahead of schedule.

Paul Snyder and Marty Frick, who subscribe from Westcliffe, Colo., stopped by after a camping trip to say they appreciate HCN's coverage of the changing West. They say their Custer County is "one of the fastest growing counties on the planet." Paul is town attorney for Westcliffe, and Marty directs the West Custer County Library. They cut their camping trip short because Paul had to play in a kazoo band as part of the Memorial Day parade.

Mike Stiehl and Penny Steadman from Colorado Springs are new subscribers drawn in by "Radio High Country News," which airs on KRCC at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Sherry Tippett, a Santa Fe attorney and school board member stopped by. She is a candidate for executive director of the local environmental group, the Western Slope Environmental Resource Council.

Susan Kirkpatrick interrupted her tour of National Audubon chapters in western Colorado to visit us. She is the Colorado executive director of National Audubon Society, whose primary mission now is nature and science education of young people.

Jan Zinkl, a Denver resident, came by after camping on the Grand Mesa. She said it was wonderful despite the mosquitoes. She also said she'd be curious if we could spell her name as it is, and resist adding an "e".

Steve Glazer of Crested Butte, Colo., stopped by with fiancee Diana Graves. Steve, who is a very active activist with a specialty in water, is on the staff of the High Country Citizens Alliance and publishes a monthly water newsletter via e-mail.

Bill Patterson, a new community organizer for the Montrose-based Western Colorado Congress, came by with WCC head Tom Perlic.

Linda and Frank Brandt, subscribers from Flagstaff, said hello after returning from a course on bears at the Yellowstone Institute. It was a great course, they said, even though they failed to see any bears.

Seismologist Kaye Shedlock of the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., found herself the epicenter of questions from staff about a water treatment plant near Grand Junction that pumps salt water into the ground. It makes the Colorado River a little sweeter, but it also causes the ground to shake. Kaye explained it in very human terms: "The rocks are trying to get along in happy equilibrium, and you're messing with that."

Dave Goldhammer of Boulder, Colo., and Stephanie Kelsie of Longmont, Colo., visited on their way home from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.


... to writer Stanley Crawford (Majordomo, A Garlic Testament) for receiving a three-year, $35,000 per year writer's award from the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation. Other Western recipients of the award were Terry Tempest Williams (Leap, Refuge, Pieces of White Shell) and Denise Chavez (Face of an Angel, The Last of the Menu Girls).

... to World Wildlife Fund Senior Scientist Theo Colborn, who received the Blue Planet Prize from Japan's Asahi Glass Foundation for her work to uncover the effects on humans and wildlife of prenatal exposure to man-made chemicals. She is the author, with John Peterson Myers and Dianne Dumanoski, of Our Stolen Future.

Theo, who raised children and sheep and was a pharmacist around Paonia for many years, now works out of Washington, D.C.


Freelancer Mark Hunter tells us that the Alamosa River may or may not be "a tributary of the Rio Grande," as we stated in his story on the Summitville cleanup (HCN, 6/19/00: Colorado considers a mining ban). "Several area residents who 'know' say the Alamosa River does not enter the Rio Grande, but disappears into a series of irrigation canals and wetlands," he writes. But the river's underground aquifers may be connected, he adds, and studies are under way to resolve the question. We apologize for jumping to conclusions.

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