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The Feb. 20, 1995, essay by Jon Margolis - -Waaaaaaaah! The West refuses to be weaned' - set the telephone to ringing and filled P.O. Box 1090. Rancher Sid Goodloe of Capitan, N.M., argued that it "didn't have enough class to make the wastebasket beside your desk, much less the back page of your paper." Goodloe said the Chicago Tribune writer besmirched all Westerners. But Glenn Skelton, "a Great Basin resident for 53 years," says he found himself laughing heartily.

We've learned via E-Mail that we will soon lose one subscription because two readers are "consolidating." Congratulations to Woody Hesselbarth, a Forest Service staffer in Idaho who is known in cyberspace as a wild man for wilderness, and Janet Kurman.

Newsweek's My Turn column Feb. 27 featured a face familiar to folks in Wyoming: Geoff O'Gara, journalist and public television newsman. Geoff, who once edited HCN and is now on the paper's board, writes that even public broadcasting (he produced 100 shows for public television over the past few years) should be prepared to trim its federal budget. He knows that public broadcasting, especially in Wyoming, is very valuable. But he says that only if we all freely sacrifice - listeners to NPR, retired people on Social Security, ranchers who use the public land - will we conquer the enormous debt we are leaving our children.

This paper's eyes and ears in the Great Basin, Jon Christensen, will moderate a panel at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, March 9, on "The Changing West: Urban and Rural." The panel includes Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, Robert Gottlieb, author most recently of Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement, Hal Rothman, historian and author of On Rims and Ridges: The Los Alamos Area Since 1880, and Ed Marston, publisher of High Country News. The discussion gets under way at 7 p.m. at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History.

Thanks to Nancy Debevoise of Dubois, Wyo., for the local phone book, and to Molly Ring of Paonia, Colo., for keeping staff going with addictive thin mints from the Girl Scouts.

The latest Colorado outlet for High Country News is the Dolores Bookstore and Coffeeshop run by Tim Wood. After two terms as Montezuma County Sheriff, Tim decided he needed a change of pace. So he moved upvalley from Cortez to the smaller town of Dolores, and opened the bookstore. Dolores is small and very much out of the way, unless you're going to Rico, but Tim says business has been good, especially in the winter. "In the summer, we sell lots of romance novels, but in the winter we sell more interesting fiction because people have time to read."

Speaking of reading, an article on the destruction of wetlands in the Jan. 22, 1994, issue of Awake! moved a reader to write in the Feb. 8, 1995, issue: "The photos helped to stress our obligation to maintain Jehovah's creation in all its beauty. I am happy that God will soon "bring to ruin those who are ruining the earth' - Revelation 11:18." This is a much tougher branch of the environmental movement than the Sierra Club.

Take HCN along

If you move without telling us your new address, two things happen: You miss an issue or two of HCN, and the post office charges us 50 cents for telling us you have moved. So we ask you to call us at 800/905-1155 or write to us when you are about to move. And if you call us by Friday afternoon, we will have your new address label on the paper the following Thursday. None of this "six weeks notice" stuff for the paper's circulation crew - Gretchen Nicholoff and Phyllis Becktell.

* Betsy Marston for the staff

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