Dear Friends

 

SUMMER VISITORS

We’re always a bit surprised (and pleased) that so many of you manage to find us, since Paonia, Colo. — HCN’s hometown — is really not on the way to anywhere.

Rick and Susie Graetz from Helena, Mont., came by with two young friends from nearby Crested Butte. The couple founded Montana Magazine in 1970, the same year that Tom Bell started High Country News. They now run a nonprofit publishing house, Northern Rockies Publishing, and have co-authored several books on Montana, including This is Montana, a geographic history of the state that’s used as a high school textbook. The Graetzes also write a syndicated weekly column with the same title.

John Rosenberg of Vancouver, Wash., dropped in to renew his subscription while vacationing on Grand Mesa. Tom and Joelle Perlic came in on their way to visit old friends in the area. Tom is the former executive director of the Western Colorado Congress, a grassroots environmental group. The couple now lives in Dayton, Ohio.

Longtime subscribers Steve Odendahl and Ruth McCorrison stopped by en route from the Crested Butte area to their home in Boulder, Colo. Steve said he’ll start work on a natural resources law degree at the University of Colorado this fall: "I always said that if Bush got re-elected, I’d go to law school."

Anne and Blaise Rastello, who teach high school in Tucson, Ariz., and spend summers in Durango, Colo., stopped in to renew their subscriptions. And subscribers Helen Lopez of Taos, N.M., and James Burke of Spokane, Wash., came by to say hello.

Chris and Joanne Sours,
from Boise, Idaho, stopped in on their way to drop off their daughter for an Outward Bound course. Another pair of Idaho subscribers, Becky and Tim Zurachenko of Cascade, dropped by for a visit. From Lawrence, Kans., Joanne Bergman and Bob Yoos swung by while traveling from Ouray to Aspen. Joanne is on the board of the Friends of the Kaw, a grassroots river protection group.

JUST SEEING IF YOU WERE PAYING ATTENTION

Mariann Cook Andrews of Tumwater, Wash., wrote to say that cyanide leach mining has been around since before the mid-1990s, contrary to what we said in our story on the Great Salt Lake (HCN, 8/8/05: The Great Salt Lake's dirty little secret). " ‘Heap leach’ strip mining was being used at the Zortman-Landusky mine in eastern Montana in the early ’80s. Pegasus, a Canadian company, scavenged gold by showering huge piles of rock with a cyanide mixture. They shipped the profits to Canada and left the citizens of Montana with horribly contaminated land and water."

Noah Brenner,
editor of the Pinedale Roundup in Wyoming, wrote to say that the Jonah natural gas field near Pinedale contains about $50 billion worth of gas, not $5 billion, as an editor mistakenly reported in our story about EnCana’s proposal to drill there (HCN, 8/8/05: Industry walks a fuzzy line between preservation and extortion).

Several readers pointed out that Columbus sailed across the Atlantic, not the Pacific, as we’d stated in our review of Gardens of New Spain (HCN, 6/27/05: A tasty history of the Southwest).

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