Dear friends

  • Evan Smith skims HCN

  • Santa, in the person of ranch hand Pat Irwin, feeds cows in Oregon

    Janie Tippett

Moving on and up

Just as we are about to send yet another batch of interns - Meg, Shara and Chip - out into a cruel and uncaring world, we hear that previous graduates of HCN's program, despite their experience here, are doing well. Cathy Ciarlo went on to earn her law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College and is now working for the Columbia Basin Institute in Portland. It's a nonprofit environmental and labor research organization.

Heather Woodcock received a masters in education and is teaching English and social studies to the seventh grade at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Mass.

And Steve Forrester, who is former intern Zaz Hollander's publisher at The Daily Astorian in Astoria, Ore., just sent us a three-part series Zaz co-wrote on a development battle raging over the ocean-side town of Seaview, Wash.


Odds and ends

Thanks to Betty Jacobs in Tucson, Ariz., for sending the current phone book for her town, and thanks to reader Chuck Miller of Mount Prospect, Ill., who dropped in for a fall visit.

Subscriber Karole Lee sent us a change of address - she has moved from one house on Lump Gulch in Clancy, Mont., to another house on Lump Gulch. We don't blame her; who would willingly give up an address like that? She also sent a photo of one of our youngest readers sitting in the "library" with his HCN. She writes, "This is my four-year-old nephew, Evan Smith, who is also my avid hiking partner and lover of the wilderness."

The typical Help Wanted ad in High Country News seeks a candidate who writes and speaks well, will raise her or his own salary, has had at least 10 years' experience in accounting and public relations and a doctorate in microbiology, is a class 6 kayaker, has travelled widely in the West, is willing to work 70 hours a week, and already has health insurance.

So it was fun to see an ad in the Nov. 21 issue is seeking a new head for the Oklahoma Press Association. The ad, under the headline "Who Says It Can't Be Done?" ended on this note:

"Also, be a pretty good writer and speaker, hardly any bad habits. Oh yes, it does help if you can see in the dark, walk on water and like legislators."

And to the reader who sent us a postcard of the Flatirons near Boulder, Colo., we appreciate the notice: "Going East. Please stop sending," but no name or address was included.

Corrections and emendations

We've stored up corrections, with two coming from Bulletin Board items. The Environmental Defense Fund tells us that we commingled news of its multi-year project to assess competing demands for Colorado River water with their 1992 report, Conflict on the Colorado, about proposed changes in the operation of Glen Canyon Dam. The organization is swift but a report on the new initiative is years off, say staffers David Yardas and Chelsea Congdon.

Evan Frost, staff ecologist for the Greater Ecosystem Alliance in Bellingham, Wash., notes we moved the Selkirk Mountains out of northern Idaho and adjacent British Columbia and into Montana, and that designation of critical habitat for the woodland caribou remains a goal of several conservation groups, not yet achieved. We apologize for the errors.

Acting District Ranger Richard P. Kramer, in Superior, Mont., takes us to task for a photo caption Oct. 3 that said the Dromedary timber sale will clearcut more trees. Not true, he says. What the agency plans is not clearcutting but a combination that includes burning, thinning and logging; none of these procedures needs roads since helicopters will remove trees from the hillside.

"Yes, there are plenty of clearcuts on the Lolo National Forest, but we are no longer clearcutting to the extent we were in the last two decades," Kramer writes. "Even with the past emphasis on clearcutting, very little land in the Dromedary analysis area has been clearcut by the Forest Service - less than 500 acres, 3.5 percent of the net 14,400 acres of National Forest System lands." Kramer says that what the agency plans with its Dromedary decision is in line with its emphasis on ecosystem management.

Finally, an editing error here changed Steve Barnett's first name in our story Nov. 28 about the fate of Washington's Methow Valley.

* Betsy and Ed Marston for the staff

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