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Know the West

Dear Friends



Betsy and Ed Marston, HCN’s longtime editor-publisher team, are grandparents. On Sept. 18, in New York City, the Marston’s daughter, Wendy, gave birth to a 7-pound, 9-ounce baby girl, Maude Rose Marston Lehmann. Maude is bound to be one above-average kid; Wendy is a freelance writer and editor, and her husband, Ben Lehmann, works for the TV show, Sesame Street.

HCN freelance writer Matt Weiser’s June 9 story, "Giant sequoias could get the ax," landed a spot on Project Censored’s Top 25 Censored Stories of the year. The list, compiled by faculty, students and community advisors at Sonoma State University, included stories about the country’s widening economic divide, as well as the Bush administration’s "junk science," that were "overlooked or under-reported by the country’s major national news media."

Radio High Country News has landed yet another award. The show, which we had to discontinue a year ago because of lack of funding, won first prize in the documentary category at the annual Public Radio News Directors conference. Former production assistant Maria Schell accepted the award, which recognized Radio HCN’s final project, an hour-long report called "Atomic Tales." Cheers to all of you who helped keep the radio show going for four inspired years.


We occasionally get reports of Elvis sightings from around the West, but we’d never heard of Abe Lincoln turning up — until Estes Park, Colo., reader David Tavel arrived at our door. Dave is an author, historian, teacher — and Lincoln impersonator — and was out checking out the fall colors with his wife, Marsha.

Seattle subscribers Tom and Anna Rudd stopped by after visiting their friends Lisa, Amos and Tristan Knight, who have been living off the grid for 20 years near Ridgeway, Colo. Lisa gave the Rudds their first subscription to HCN four years ago, and they’ve been reading it ever since.

Jack Holder, a longtime North Fork resident who now lives in Patagonia, Ariz., dropped in to pick up a few copies of the issue covering the San Pedro River. Bill and Gretchen Cutts from Colorado Springs came by to renew their subscription. And Marvin and Freda Van Houten of Flagstaff, Ariz., swung through town with their terrier, Mandy.


LaVonne Garrison, the assistant director of oil and gas for Utah’s School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, wrote about the photo we ran in the July 19 issue of a tanker truck kicking up dust on a road next to a rock art panel. The road, which has run past the "Hunter Panel" since the 1950s, was recently rerouted away from the rock, writes Garrison. Now, SITLA plans to build a parking lot, picnic area and restrooms.

We made at least three goofs in the Sept. 13 issue: Shaaron Netherton, executive director of Friends of Nevada Wilderness, wrote to say that, contrary to our story, "A water-and-wilderness bill kicks up dust in Nevada," wilderness groups do not "stand behind" a bill now before Congress that would protect wilderness, while selling off federal land to feed development. R. G. Zweifel wrote to tell us that we used the word "animals" when we should have used "mammals" in a story about mosquito control.

And finally, reader Charles Kramer of Harrison, Idaho, called to say that it is true, as we stated in a correction in the last issue, that it was Clark, not Lewis, who floated down the Yellowstone River to join the Missouri River. It is not true, however, that Clark arrived on the Missouri at Fort Berthold; it was Fort Buford. Oy vey!