Dear friends

  • Dennis Weaver at his Earthship home, near Ridgway, Colorado

 

WE’VE COME A LONG WAY ...

Pick up a pre-2003 copy of High Country News, and you might find it hard to believe that you’re looking at the same publication. It was in ’03 that we ditched the black-and-white, pick-it-up-for-a-quarter-at-the-local-diner design that had been the paper’s signature since its founding in 1970. We shrank the size of the pages, got a heavier cover stock, and splashed color across the cover. Two years later, we spread color to the inside as well. Although a few readers griped that the new look was too flashy, we have worked hard to maintain our unique homegrown feel, while giving it more quality and a little more edge.

In late February, we learned that our new design efforts, coupled with a drive for serious photojournalism, have landed HCN two "awards of excellence" in an international newspaper design competition. "The Gangs of Zion," designed by HCN Art Director Cindy Wehling and featuring the work of freelance photographer JT Thomas, won under Special News Topics (HCN, 8/8/05: The Gangs of Zion). In the Redesigns category, HCN won for its Uncommon Westerners page. The pages will have a spot — alongside the likes of the L.A. Times, The New York Times and Le Monde — in the Best of Newspaper Design Annual produced by the contest’s sponsor, The Society for News Design.

VISITOR (SINGULAR, AGAIN)

Matthew Lewis, from San Francisco, Calif., came by on his way to Aspen to work with HCN board member Mark Harvey on a documentary about split-estate problems with oil and gas production. Matthew is a program director with ResourceMedia, a nonprofit that works to improve coverage of environmental issues.

PASSING THE TORCH

The Black Mesa Trust, which successfully fought to keep Arizona’s Black Mesa Mine from pumping Hopi groundwater, is closing its Flagstaff office (HCN, 1/23/06: The end of an era on the Colorado Plateau). Leonard Selestewa, the trust’s president, is stepping down; work will continue under the direction of founder Vernon Masayesva. "For a Hopi it is hard to go to a level of activism," Selestewa said in the Navajo-Hopi Observer. "We are a quiet and respectful people."

GOODBYE TO A FAMOUS NEIGHBOR

Dennis Weaver, actor and environmental activist, passed away Feb. 24 at his home in nearby Ridgway, Colo. Weaver, 81, was perhaps best known as TV’s Detective Sam McCloud, but his true legacy lies in his philanthropic work. With his wife, Gerry, he founded the Institute of Ecolonomics in 1993 to promote the link between a healthy ecology and a sound economy. "You destroy the environment, you destroy jobs," Weaver said. "People don’t seem to get this."

UPDATE

Our story on public-land sale proposals in the president’s 2007 budget reported that the public comment deadline was March 31, a tentative date that the Forest Service provided (HCN, 3/6/06: Public acres for sale). The agency has just announced a comment deadline of March 30.

High Country News Classifieds
  • FRIENDS OF CEDAR MESA DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    Friends of Cedar Mesa is hiring a Development Director who will have the overall responsibilities of leading our fundraising programs and reports directly to our...
  • WATER RIGHTS/ADJUDICATION BUREAU CHIEF
    Job Overview: Working to support and implement the Department's mission to help ensure that Montana's land and water resources provide benefits for present and future...
  • CLIMATE CHANGE COORDINATOR
    The Greater Yellowstone Coalition is seeking a Climate Change Coordinator to play a lead role in shaping our programs to make the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Executive Director Position Announcement POSITION TITLE: Executive Director ORGANIZATION: Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument REPORTING TO: Board of Directors EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part-time - Full-time, based...
  • HEALTHY CITIES PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    The Healthy Cities Program Director leads and manages the Healthy Cities Program for the Arizona Chapter and is responsible for developing and implementing innovative, high...
  • CONSERVATION PROGRAM MANAGER
    Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) Conservation Programs Manager Job Opening Our Mission: Honoring the past and safeguarding the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through...
  • ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
    Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) Associate Director Job Posting Our Mission: Honoring the past and safeguarding the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through science,...
  • UNIQUE, ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOME ON ACREAGE NEAR MOSCOW, IDAHO
    Custom-built energy-efficient 3000 sqft two-story 3BR home, 900 sqft 1 BR accessory cottage above 2-car garage and large shop. Large horse barn. $1,200,000. See online...
  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE BUSINESS FOR SALE
    Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures (MOLA) - established and profitable outdoor adventure & education business in Missoula, Montana. Summer camp, raft & climb guide, teen travel,...
  • OJO SARCO FARM/HOME
    A wonderful country setting for a farm/work 1350s.f. frame home plus 1000 studio/workshop. 5 acres w fruit trees, an irrigation well, pasture and a small...
  • STEWARDSHIP COORDINATOR
    Join Skagit Land Trust (the Trust), a not-for-profit conservation organization based in Mount Vernon, Washington, and help protect land for people and wildlife. Skagit Land...
  • 2022 SEASONAL SCIENCE EDUCATOR
    The Mount St. Helens Institute Science Educator supports our science education and rental programs including day and overnight programs for youth ages 6-18, their families...
  • POLICY DIRECTOR
    Heart of the Rockies Initiative is seeking a Policy Director to lead and define policy efforts to advance our mission to keep working lands and...
  • CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
    Self-Help Enterprises seeks an experienced and strategic CFO
  • CONSERVATION SPECIALIST - LAND PROTECTION FOCUS
    View full job description and how to apply at
  • RIVER EDUCATOR & GUIDE
    River Educator & Guide River Educator & Guide (Trip Leader) Non-exempt, Seasonal Position: Full-time OR part-time (early April through October; may be flexible with start/end...
  • LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION DIRECTOR
    The Land and Water Conservation Director is a full-time salaried position with the Mountain Area Land Trust in Evergreen, CO. The successful candidate will have...
  • FOOD SYSTEMS ENVIRONMENTAL FELLOWSHIP
    If you were to design a sustainable society from the ground up, it would look nothing like the contemporary United States. But what would it...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT) is seeking an Executive Director who will lead RiGHT toward a future of continued high conservation impact, organizational...
  • COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
    Help protect Montana's water quality, family farms and ranches, & unique quality of life. Work hard, meet good people, make the world a better place!...