Dear friends

  • Interns Ross Freeman and Anders Halverson

    Cindy Wehling

We break for winter

Our little joke is that twice a year, to enable you to catch up with your High Country News reading, we skip an issue. That's true. But the additional truth is that staff also needs a break every six months or so.

As a result of meeting our mutual needs, there will be no January 9, 1995, issue (librarians, especially, should take note), but we will be back with a ton, literally, of newsprint for HCN's 15,000 subscribers on January 23, 1995. And that issue will be a special one on the much-mocked, much-delayed Denver International Airport.

Potluck in Idaho

The directors of the High Country Foundation will gather in Ketchum, Idaho, on Saturday, Jan. 21, to review HCN's journalistic and economic performance over the past year, to set the budget for 1995, and to decide various other matters.

The board meeting will be followed by a potluck starting at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Ketchum at the corner of Cottonwood and Second. Please bring a potluck dish to share; beverages will be provided. RSVP to Kristy at Box 1090, Paonia, CO 81428 (303/527-4898).

You can work off the potluck by going on to a blues dance that same evening sponsored by the Idaho Conservation League. Music will be by "Fat John and the Three Slims" at Ketchum's Next Stage Theater.

New winter interns

Since graduating from Dartmouth College in 1991, new intern Anders Halverson has lived in the ski resort town of Steamboat Springs, Colo. His home was a barn shared with four other people who all counted themselves lucky to find such affordable housing despite the lack of heat. "When the clock radio woke us up with the weather report in the morning we'd find it was warmer up on the mountain than it was in the barn," he says. "We'd rush out of bed and go skiing just to warm up." He worked at a variety of jobs: preparing students to take graduate equivalency exams, guiding river trips and teaching skiing.

Last spring Anders traveled through Southeast Asia and found it both fascinating and disturbing. He says the beauty of the mountains and South China Sea contrasted sharply with the noise and pollution of cities such as Bangkok and eroding hillsides deep in the jungle, clearcut by tribal villages.

Once back in the West, Anders began free-lance writing; eventually he'd like to work at a paper or magazine somewhere in the West.

Before coming to High Country News, new intern Ross Freeman worked as an "itinerant outdoor educator," he says, most recently managing a rafting program in Moab, Utah, operated by S'PLORE, a nonprofit that serves people with physical and mental disabilities. Running 45 trips during Moab's 115-degree summer was draining, he says, but getting down the river was the least of it.

"Every so often we'd have a participant who would peel off each label on dozens of identical waterproof boxes," he recalls. Nonetheless, he found the sincerity of the participants uplifting.

Ross, who grew up in Seattle, Wash., and London, England, majored in geology at Colorado College, which sent him out on numerous field trips into the Southwest. Since then he's participated in research trips down the Grand Canyon, and he's led Elderhostel canoe trips for people over 60.

At a friend's wedding in Tucson, Ariz., recently, Ross found himself at an impromptu HCN gathering. Talking to former interns Mary Moran, John Horning and Peter Mali, he received friendly warnings about scissor duty-newspaper clipping and bulk mailings. Ross says he sees his time in Paonia as an opportunity to test the waters of journalism, learn about the various advocacy groups at large in the West and allow his mail to catch up with him.

* Betsy and Ed Marston for the staff

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