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  • A detail from the painting 'Chiva' (Spanish slang for heroin) by El Rito, New Mexico, folk artist Nicholas Herrera. Herrera's sculptures and paintings reflect the culture of his native Espanola Valley, where Catholicism and family ties meet problems like drugs, alcohol and gangs, often with deadly results



Congratulations to new Associate Editor Jonathan Thompson, who recently took home seven awards from the 2005 Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for work he did while publishing and editing the Silverton Standard & the Miner. Jonathan won first or second place in several categories, including feature and news photography, special sections, and sportswriting.


Subscriber Jerry Zink and Sunnyside Meats in Durango, Colo., are helping to save ranching — by running a slaughterhouse. After the only USDA-approved processing plant in that area shut down, Zink built a new plant to process beef from area ranchers. Zink and his crew stopped by the HCN offices in mid-March while touring Delta County processing plants.

Subscriber Paul Kyte, a retired real estate agent and schoolteacher, took a lengthy detour on a cross-country drive from Newburyport, Mass., to Eugene, Ore., to visit us.


Scientist and conservationist Luna Leopold died Feb. 23 at his home in Berkeley, Calif. Leopold, 90, was professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and a pioneer in the study of rivers. The son of renowned wildlife ecologist Aldo Leopold, he edited his father’s classic 1949 book A Sand County Almanac. He was also a longtime supporter of HCN’s Research Fund.


A few readers have wondered about two figures in our recent global warming article (HCN, 3/6/06: Save Our Snow). We reported that "burning a gallon of gas emits almost 20 pounds of carbon dioxide" and that "every ton of waste recycled ... keeps the equivalent of more than 6,500 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere." The fuel figure is the standard one used by the Energy Department. A gallon of gasoline weighs about six pounds, but when burned and combined with oxygen in the air, the resulting carbon dioxide weighs nearly 20 pounds. For details, see co2.shtml. The recycling figure includes "indirect" emissions: forest carbon sequestration benefits from paper recycling; avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions from landfilling; and avoidance of emissions from using raw materials (rather than recycled) in manufacturing.


David Stalling is the former conservation editor of Bugle magazine, published by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, not the former director of the organization, as we stated in the biography for his recent essay (HCN, 3/6/06: In hunting camp, the closet is closed).

We inadvertently listed two different figures for the number of endangered species listings made by the current administration in Ted Williams’ essay; the correct figure is 40 (HCN, 3/20/06: The trouble with the Endangered Species Act is us).

The back-page photograph in the last issue was credited to Gary Woodall; his first name is actually Greg (HCN, 3/20/06: Heard around the West).

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