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  • Watch out, Michael Moore: You've got some competition. From left, Justin Smith, Adam Jackaway, Deborah Fryer and Robert Paul Aulgur

    Greg Hanscom

Gunning for the big screen

Adam Jackaway is a man who likes to make big statements with small tools. Last winter, with war looming in Iraq, he shouldered his snow shovel and tromped out into a Boulder, Colo., park. There, he sculpted a massive peace sign in a blank field, recruiting others to help, and eventually landed a spot on national TV news.

Now, the 35-year-old sustainable design consultant has a message that he wants to take to movie theaters across the country. Inspired by Michael Moore’s documentary about guns, Bowling for Columbine — and by High Country News — and armed with a pair of small digital cameras, he has set out to make a movie about energy, where it comes from, where it goes, and why we should learn to live with less of it.

Adam was in Paonia in late February, interviewing HCN staffers. His film crew included Deborah Fryer, Justin Smith and Robert Paul Aulgur. For more information about the project, check out their Web site: www.energyaware

Duke it out at

We’ve been so swamped with great letters to the editor lately that we haven’t been able to squeeze all — or even half — of them into the paper. For example, we printed two full pages of letters in response to our cover story, "Riding the middle path" about Idaho’s Owyhee country (HCN, 12/8/03: Riding the middle path). But we still have a stack of important letters. So now, we’re turning to our Web site, where we’ll post letters in a "discussion board." To read the letters about the Owyhee story, and to toss in your two cents, go to and click on "Discussion."

Climbing high

Beth Casper, an HCN intern in the summer of 2000 (that was back before she got married, when her last name was Wohlberg), tells us she’s landed a job as the environmental reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore. Beth’s husband, Michael, will be attending law school at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

This summer, Beth and Michael plan to climb Mount Shasta in Northern California, as a fund-raiser for The Breast Cancer Fund, an organization working to identify and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer. Both Beth and her mother, Barbara Warren Chinitz, were diagnosed with breast cancer just before Beth and Michael’s wedding in 2002, when Beth was 28 and her mother was 53.

"Now I’m doing fine," writes Beth, "but I’m committed to doing stuff for The Breast Cancer Fund, and becoming an environmental reporter." If you’re interested in helping, check out Beth’s Web site:


Our hearts go out to Brian Maffly, who wrote our Aug. 18, 2003, cover story, "Where the antelope (and the oil companies) play." Brian’s wife, Karen Sclafani, died unexpectedly in February, due to complications of childbirth. Brian is left with one gift — a new daughter, Aryana Karen Sclafani-Maffly. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Aryana Karen Sclafani-Maffly Educational Fund, Mountain West Bank, 1960 N. 19th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715.

Corrections In our cover story about federal judges, we mistakenly identified Laird Lucas by his former position, senior counsel to Western Resource Advocates (HCN, 2/16/04: Dear friends). Lucas is now executive director of a nonprofit called Advocates for the West, based in Boise. Also, Judge Cassell’s first name is Paul, not Sam.

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