Dear friends

  • Joey van Leeuwen and Katie Lee

    Kerri Brown


Katie Lee, the grande dame of Western folksingers, river runners and environmentalists, graced us in early April with her merry grin and insouciant manner. She’s been updating her 1998 elegy to Glen Canyon, All My Rivers Are Gone, and says a new edition will be published soon (HCN, 12/21/98: A river rat remembers). Katie and her Australian traveling companion Joey van Leeuwen, a woodcarver, were returning from an education conference in Carbondale, at which Katie spoke.

Liz Payton and Roger Wolvington, both water-resource consultants in Boulder, Colo., stopped by with their young daughters, Lanie and Evie, on their way home from the Grand Canyon.


We’re planning an upcoming story about grassroots media in the West, and we need your help. Tell us where you get your local news — the independent newspaper that tells it like it is, the community radio station that sends reporters out to scour the ground, community newsletters, Web sites, podcasts, whatever. Send your ideas to HCN Editor Greg Hanscom, [email protected], or mail him a copy at P.O. Box 1090, Paonia, CO 81428.


Pioneering landscape photographer Philip Hyde died March 30 at the age of 84. His stunning pictures of the Grand Canyon helped save it from dams in the 1960s. Reader Stephen Trimble, himself a photographer, sent us a tribute to Hyde, noting: "Ansel Adams is better known, but Hyde — even more than Eliot Porter — became our model for committing a career and a life to conservation through color photography."


Reader Kathleen Stachowski of Missoula, Mont., sent us a photo of herself standing by a busy road in a bison costume, holding a sign to protest Yellowstone’s bison slaughter. "Long live the First Amendment!" wrote Kathleen. "There seems to be such a huge lack of awareness — if not downright apathy — about these kinds of issues; if it takes me making a fool of myself during rush hour traffic to get folks’ attention, so be it!"

Arthur Kull of Idaho Falls, Idaho, wrote, "We received the March 20th HCN about the same time as the March issue of the Swiss-American Review, a publication for expats. It was stunning to discover some parallels between the problems of the West and those of the mountain towns of Switzerland." Sure enough, the enclosed article discussed dismayingly familiar problems: a boom in second homes that sit empty most of the year, open land lost to development, and sharp jumps in home and land prices. Quelle horreur!

The good news, say several cheerful HCN readers, is that a few "undiscovered mountain towns" still exist in the American West. Where are they? Well, if we told you, they wouldn’t be "undiscovered" anymore, would they?


We’ve received a few calls lately from readers who say their issues are missing pages. We’re working with our printer to solve the problem, but please, if you receive a paper that’s not all there, let us know, and we’ll gladly send you a new one at no charge. Contact Circulation Director Gretchen Nicholoff, [email protected] or 1-800-905-1155.

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