Dear friends

  • Dan Stonington passing through

    JoAnn Kalenak


We’ve had a steady stream of summer visitors. Christopher Peterson, executive director of the Glen Canyon Institute, stopped in while stumping for the effort to drain Lake Powell. Dan Stonington, nephew of HCN board member Emily Stonington, came by on a trip to check out the sights that have recently emerged from the drought-stricken reservoir.

Marilyn Berlin Snell, a writer and editor at Sierra magazine, said hello on her way to Summit County, Colo. And 17-year-old Nate Adkisson, our youngest "Writers on the Range" author ever, came for a tour.

Standley Scott, visiting from Palo Alto, Calif., with his wife, Anita, and their daughter, Heather, recently attended a forum at Stanford University where "Writers on the Range" Editor Betsy Marston and others spoke about the contradictions of living in the West.

Owen Richard of Fort Collins, Colo., came in to renew his subscription while motorcycling to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Returning from the festival, Rachel Kennon and Dale Franchina of Steamboat Springs, Colo., also dropped by. Rachel handles recreation issues for the Forest Service.

Marcy Rodney and Bill Schwarz, longtime subscribers from Louisville, Colo., swung by on their way to Glenwood Springs. Kerry Gubits of Littleton, Colo., came in to renew his subscription. From Colorado State University in Fort Collins, María Fernández-Giménez dropped in with graduate student Greg Buis.

Greg LeFevre, who was visiting relatives in Paonia, talked to our resident water wonk, Matt Jenkins, about his summer work on water systems for the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, N.M.

And subscribers Janet and Frank M. Carter and Lisa Roberts of Denver dropped by. Janet is the aunt of former HCN Associate Editor Marjane Ambler.


In a recent Dear Friends, we relayed some suggestions for improving the paper from our latest board meeting (HCN, 6/13/05: Dear Friends).

Alden R. Wilson of Texas City, Texas, wrote to say that he agrees with our board’s recommendation to broaden our environmental coverage to include social and economic topics.

Several readers reacted to one board member’s suggestion that we make HCN "sexy, fast and easy to read." David Van Horsen wrote: "It is hard to be ‘sexy’ in newsprint. And with the exception of the cover story, I can read everything in probably an hour. How much faster do you need to be? HCN provides thoughtful commentary and reporting of the issues shaping our part of the U.S. If I want to be entertained by environmental news, I read Mountain Gazette. If I want fast sex, I read Hustler. But when I want to know what is going on, I pick up High Country News."

Another reader, John DeMott of Lake Oswego, Ore., commented on board member Bill Mitchell’s suggestion that we appeal to younger readers by directing them to our Web site. John mentions that we could start a Web log, or blog, with "links to current stories in HCN, plus links to stories in other papers around the West, along with some pithy comments." Our webmaster, Paolo Bacigalupi, has been experimenting with just such a blog, on under the "Short Takes" heading. Tell Paolo what you think by emailing him at [email protected]


We continue to get more feedback on our recent cover story on conservation easements than we can fit in the paper (HCN, 5/30/05: Write-off on the Range). To read all the letters sent to us, including a response from the story’s main character, Reid Rosenthal, go here.

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